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The Sigma Theta Tau International / National League for Nursing Research Award

STTILogoThe National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) grant supports research that advances the science of nursing education. Made possible through an individual donor gift, the grant will be used to advance the science of nursing education through the use of technology in the dissemination of knowledge.


This is an annual award of $5000 to one nurse researcher or doctoral dissertation student to support the use of technology in nursing education researchFunds for this award are made possible from a gift from Dr. Diane Billings to Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing's research endowment. The recipient will also receive a one-year membership from the NLN.


  • Applicants for this award must hold a master's or doctoral degree or be enrolled in a doctoral nursing program (DNP, DNS, EdD, or PhD); must be a registered nurse with current license; preference will be given to STTI and/or NLN members.  
  • Applicants must provide evidence that the proposed study has been approved by their dissertation or scholarly project committee and that IRB approval has been obtained, where applicable.
  • Proposed studies must be clearly focused on advancing the science of nursing education through the use of technology in the dissemination of knowledge and must relate to one or more of the NLN Priorities for Research in Nursing Education.   

Proposal Guidelines:

  • A complete proposal includes both a Blind Review File and a Demographic Data Form (DOC).
  • The proposal must be submitted electronically by a specified deadline. Incomplete proposals or proposals submitted after this time will not be accepted for review.
  • Applications must adhere to requirements for format, content, length limitations, and necessary supporting materials as outlined in the NLN Doctoral Research Submission Guidelines (PDF).

    Components of the Blind Review File

  1. Title page with researcher's name and affiliation removed.
  2. Proposal (including abstract) with all identifying information removed.
  3. References
  4. Appendices (if appropriate) with all identifying information removed. One appendix must be confirmation of successful completion of proposal defense.
  • The components of the Blind Review File must be submitted in one Microsoft Word document via the online submission system.

How to Submit: 

Submissions are accepted online only. If this is your first time using NLN's online system, Fluid Review, please download the instructions for starting an online submission.


Deadline for the 2016 grants cycle:  February 25, 2016 by 4:00pm EST. 

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 criteria (DOCX). 

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

Grant recipients are formally announced at the NLN Education Summit each fall. 

For questions about the submission or review process, please contact