Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo Health Informatics and Innovation Collaborative Endowment Fund

With its focus on informatics and innovation in the use of data analysis and health information technology, the Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo Fund opens a new avenue of scholarship to support the National League for Nursing and its members. 

The multiple real-world applications of these research studies are urgently needed. Among the anticipated potential outcomes are:  

  1.  Helping identify populations beset by chronic illnesses and facilitating their access to primary and preventative care
    Improving the privacy of and access to telehealth visits with primary care providers for homebound individuals
    Developing point-of-care apps for nurses and other providers to access health data and resources 
  2. Finding ways to increase integration of technology into live and online learning environments 
  3. Spurring the development of novel roles envisioned for nurses and nurse educators 

Examples: Developing and piloting independent or consultancy roles such as Health and Resource Navigator (HRN) to connect individuals and families to health and other community resources; Independent Chronic Disease Nurse Consultant (CDNC) and Chronic Disease Nurse Educator (CDNE) who partner with private practices, hospitals or community-based clinics; and Independent Nurse Peer Counselors (NPC) to mentor new nursing school graduates or aspiring nurse educators   

Ideal Grant Applicants  

Nurses pursuing advanced degrees (master’s and doctorates) who will serve as principal investigators to transition to full-time teaching or nurse educators with an interest in theoretical and applied informatics in nursing education.  

They may have collaborators on their teams but the grantee is the primary investigator.  

Applications to the Pajarillo Fund for grants in the 2022 funding cycle will be considered in three broad categories:  

  1. Projects that conceptualize and translate nursing informatics concepts and theories into new applications and systems to facilitate nursing education, practice, and science. Examples could include a patient care technology for use in the home to assist elderly patients with provider follow-up, transportation, and medication tracking, or a patient care device that will measure cravings for carbohydrates for severely-impaired Type II diabetes patients, etc. Projects can also focus on education, administration, and research. 
  2. Projects that establish, expand, and influence future nurses’ roles to further optimize and expand their marketability and professional demand. An example of this is to pilot an Independent Consultancy role in Access to Community Resources and Care, or Case Management role in End-of-Life Preparations, etc. 
  3. Projects that create nursing educational technology to foster and enhance high impact practice (HIP) learning. Examples in this arena include Self-Learning Modules in areas of improvement prior to starting graduate studies, an electronic organizer or scheduler with built in reminders for due dates, events, study groups, etc., that may be used by older adults or new graduate students who are juggling personal and professional priorities. 


  1. Applicants must be enrolled in accredited graduate level programs, having completed at least one year of study towards their degree.  
  2. The NLN Foundation will give special consideration to nurses of color and members of other underserved populations interested in transitioning from practice to full-time teaching. 
  3. The application process is open to the public, but preference will be given to NLN members. 

Proposal Guidelines 

  1. A complete proposal includes a Blind Review File only (all identifying information of applicant removed). 
  2. The proposal must be submitted electronically by a specified deadline. Incomplete proposals or proposals submitted after this time will not be accepted for review. 
  3. Applications must adhere to requirements for format, content, length limitations, and necessary supporting materials as outlined in the NLN Doctoral/Junior Faculty Research Awards Submission Guidelines (PDF). 
  4. Upon completion of the funded study, grantees are expected to submit either an abstract for presentation at the NLN Summit or a two-page summary focused on outcomes of the research. 
  5. NLN Nursing Education Research Grants FAQs. 

Components of the Blind Review File
The components of the Blind Review File must be submitted in one PDF file via the online submission system. 

  1. Title page with applicant's name and affiliation removed. 
  2. Proposal narrative (15 page limit, double spaced, includes abstract) with all identifying information of applicant removed. 
  3. References cited. 
  4. Appendices (if appropriate) with all identifying information of applicant removed. (Doctoral students must include confirmation of successful completion of proposal defense. Applicants may include documents on official letterhead with the name of the school visible; signatures can also be visible to demonstrate that the proposal received appropriate approval). 
  5. A budget is not required for this award, but a timeline is.   

How to Submit: 

Details on proposals for the 2022 grant cycle will be shared in the Fall of 2021. 

Please note: Submissions are accepted online only. You must have a SurveyMonkey Apply account to submit an application.      

Review Process: 

The NLN Nursing Education Research Grants review process is used. All proposals are submitted for blind review by carefully selected experts in nursing education research. The submitted Blind Review File is the file that is reviewed by these experts. Recipients are selected through a peer review process using the following NLN Proposal Review Rubric (PDF).  

Letters of notification are sent to grant applicants no later than July 1 of each cycle. 

Grant recipients are formally announced at the NLN Education Summit each fall. Awardees are encouraged to attend. 

For questions about the submission or review process, please contact research@nln.org.