All payments must be received by May 1, 2013. Applications without payments will not be reviewed. Please plan your applications accordingly.
The purpose of the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) Nursing Research Grants (NRG) Program is to encourage the research career development of all nurses. Each year, through our Nursing Research Grants (NRG) Program, ANF provides funds to beginning and experienced nurse researchers to conduct studies that contribute toward the advancement of nursing science and the enhancement of patient outcomes. Awards are given in all areas of nursing, including healthy patient outcomes, health care policy development, critical care, gerontology, women’s health, community and family intervention. A special priority in 2013 will be projects which use ANA National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® data. Many past grant recipients have gone on to receive subsequent funding and expanded their programs of research based on findings from their ANF funded studies.
In all award categories, the principal investigator must be a licensed registered nurse who has obtained at least one degree, either a baccalaureate degree or higher, in nursing. Beginning and experienced nurse researchers are encouraged to apply. However, it should be noted that some awards specify the level of researcher eligible to apply. Co-investigators may be non-nurses as long as the proposal is a nursing research project. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Final determination of an applicant’s qualification for either research category is made by the Nursing Research Review Committee based on the information provided in the application.
Unless indicated otherwise, ANF grant recipients are eligible to apply again to the Nursing Research Grants Program three years from when the last grant was concluded. ANF will accept applications for masters’ theses or doctoral dissertations only if the proposal has been approved by the principal investigator’s thesis or dissertation committee. If the proposal has not been successfully defended, the application will be considered ineligible.
Principal investigators (PI) are limited to submitting one application per research award category per year. Only one PI with the same research proposal can be designated as the principal investigator.
Principal Investigators must be a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA). In addition, Principal Investigators need to indicate which of the funding organizations they are a member of. Click here for a current listing of funders that require membership as a criteria for receiving funding. You must submit proof of membership along with your application.
Only expenses essential to the conduct of the proposed research will be considered for funding. Expenses must be incurred within the one-year grant period or approved extension deadline. ANF will not consider requests or assume responsibility for any costs incurred prior to the award date. Unexpended funds will be returned to ANF (Option 1 grants) when the funding period terminates, or will be retained by ANF (Option 2 grants).
Consultant/Expert fees must be limited to $250 per day, plus travel & lodging (not to exceed 20% of the total budget applied for). Travel and lodging expenses are based on government per diem rates. Requests to purchase specialized equipment with a unit cost of more than $500 will be considered. Justification for this expense must be documented. The Committee will make the final determination on such expenses. The ownership of such equipment at the end of the grant period will be individually assessed. Supplies, items with a unit cost of less than $500, remain the property of either the individual investigator (Option 2) or the institutional affiliation (Option 1) at the close of the grant period.
Prohibited Expenses include principal and co-investigators’ salaries unless otherwise exempted, educational assistance such as tuition, textbooks, or dissertation/thesis preparation, investigator traveling to meet with his/her thesis or dissertation committee, presentation of papers or conference attendance, purchase of computers.
A prior written request and justification must be directed to the ANF Executive Director before any funds can be moved or reallocated. Budget changes must be preapproved by the Foundation. Permission may be granted to move funds from one budget category to another as long as no additional expense to ANF is involved. ANF may grant permission to transfer funds to a different institution in the event of a change in the investigator’s institutional organization. A written request should be directed to the ANF Executive Director, or designee, before the change is to occur. Adjustments of line item expenses to purchase equipment in the latter stages of the grant period will not be permitted.
Proposals are judged on scientific merit with critique based on the following criteria, which should be explicitly addressed in the proposal:
A nonrefundable application fee of $100.00 is required to apply for any of the awards. If the Principal Investigator is submitting more than one research proposal and the research is not the same, it will be counted as a separate proposal and an additional $100 fee will be required. All payments must be received by May 1, 2013. Applications without payments will not be reviewed.
Application fees are paid online via Visa or Mastercard, or by mail with check to: American Nurses Foundation, P.O. Box 504342, St. Louis, MO 63150-4342.
Please include the Application ID (which will be given to you once you begin an online submission) and the Title of Project with your payment.
Applications MUST be completed online by 11:59pm (EST) on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Incomplete applications after this date will not be considered.
The Nursing Research Review Committee (NRRC) is composed of doctorally prepared nurse researchers. The Nursing Research Grants Reviewers (NRGR), also doctorally prepared experienced nurse researchers, also review proposals. A wide range of expertise is represented on both of these committees. Applications will be reviewed between May and August.
All principal investigators will be notified of the disposition of their application. Applications are treated as privileged communication and are restricted to the Nursing Research Review Committee, the Nursing Research Grants Reviewers, Board of Trustees, ANF staff, and the external funding organizations. The one-year grant cycle runs September to August. Notification with critiques will be sent out by August 30, 2013 to all applicants whether awarded a grant or not. Under no circumstances will more than the specified maximum funding be awarded.
There are no citizenship restrictions for principal investigators. Non-US nurses are eligible. However, when a study involves human subjects, IRB approval from a United States university or agency, or country of origin is required and, if applicable, from each site where the study or portions of the study will be conducted. Studies involving animals require similar Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval from a United States university or agency, or country of origin. All documents must be in English.
The online application is a step by step submission process in which you must complete all the required information on a step before the online system will allow you to advance to the next step. At any point in the online submission process, prior to the deadline, you can return to a previous completed step, simply by clicking the step name in the "Application Control Panel" (left frame) within the online application system.
Before beginning your submission, we recommend that you review the list of required information. Click on each hyperlink below to see more detail. The forms accessed through hyperlink are identical to those provided in the application process. You may download and fill out these forms prior to beginning your submission, and then simply upload them when requested in the application process.
*NOTE- For any listed materials not showing a hyperlinked form, you will simply upload your own document.
The downloadable PDF files referenced above can be completed prior to starting your application.
If you run into any problems with the online submission process, please email your questions or comments using the hyperlink to "Report a Technical Problem", which also appears in the Application Control Panel.
Technical support may also be obtained by calling (401) 334-0220 between 8:30 a.m and 6:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday.
For non-technical question and information pertaining to the ANF Nursing Research Grants Program, please contact Gisele Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (301) 628-5229.
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