National League for Nursing - Nursing Education Research
NURSING EDUCATION RESEARCH GRANTS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
EDUCATIONAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES – PRIORITIES AND
Question: Do you have any information about future grant
The NLN supports several grant programs focused on different aspects of educational
research. Each program has different due dates. Information about each of these
programs can be found at
Question: We have implemented a new model for clinical
education for undergraduate students in our BSN program and want to evaluate
how it is working. Would this topic fall under the priorities for this grant?
We believe it is evaluation research of an implementation strategy designed
to improve student’s clinical experience.
The NLN has decided that equal emphasis will be placed on all three
priorities located at www.nln.org/researchgrants/priorities.htm.
The final decision on how well a proposal reflects the priorities is made by
the review panel after reading the total proposal.
Question: What are the key dates related to the NLN Education
Research Grants Program
The NLN Educational Research Grants are awarded annually. The grant application
information is posted on the NLN web site in October. The grant applications
are due in January and February of each year. Letters of notification are sent
to grant applicants in July. The recipients of the Nursing Education Research
Grants are announced at the NLN Education Summit in September.
Question: Is there any way we can see a sample of a well
written grant from previous years?
Currently we do not have examples of funded grants on the website. We do not
have permission from awardees to put this information on the website. However,
the web page does list all previously funded grants.
ELIGIBILTIY TO APPLY FOR A GRANT
Question: I am an NLN member. I will be working and living
in Canada in the coming year. Can I still submit a grant application?
Yes. All members of the NLN who do not have a conflict of interest are eligible
to apply for a grant. You are not required to live or work in the United States
to apply for a grant.
Question: My colleague and I plan to submit a proposal
for the nursing education grant program. We propose a multi-site study and need
to know if both sites must be members of NLN. The PI is a current NLN member.
The PI must be a NLN member, but there is no requirement that other members
of the research team be NLN members.
Question: What is are the eligibility requirements for
applying for an NLN research grant? I am uncertain whether our proposed project
would be considered eligible because it will take place in the practice setting
and focuses on how new graduates adjust to the role of staff nurse.
This research would be supported if the research question(s) focus on the students’
preparation for the role of graduate nurse. It would not be supported if the
focus is on the development of new staff.
Question: I am a member of the NLN but I am not an RN.
Am I eligible to submit a grant NLN educational research grant proposal?
All NLN members are eligible to apply for an NLN Nursing Education Research
Grant. There is no requirement that applicants licensed as a registered nurse.
Question: I am interested in applying for a NLN grant
as partial funding of my doctoral dissertation. Can I apply for this grant if
my research proposal is for a doctoral dissertation?
Yes, but you are must have your proposal approved by your committee before
Question: If I submit a proposal that is research for
my dissertation, does my dissertation chair need to be identified as PI or Co-PI?
No, you would serve as the PI of your research.
PROCESS FOR SUBMISSION OF A GRANT
Question: Can I contact the NLN Research Review Panel members for consultation,
advice and/or direction on a grant I am planning to submit to the NLN?
All questions related to grants should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, neither the NLN nor the NLN Research Review Panel provide technical assistance for PIs who
are preparing grants.
Question: I have a grant proposal ready in both formats:
comprehensive and blinded. However the files are too large to send unless we
zip them. Are you able to accept zipped Word files?
Question: Since all files are submitted electronically,
it is possible for a file to become corrupted or damaged in some way. How will
the NLN handle such an application?
If an electronic file is corrupted and has been submitted on or before the
due date, the applicant will be notified and asked to resubmit the file.
Question: In the case of a technical problem with the
NLN’s application system or a natural disaster or other large-scale emergency,
does the NLN grant application extensions?
If the NLN experiences a technical problem that prevented applicants from submitting
applications by the announced due date or if there has been a documented natural
disaster in a given region of the country an extension would be granted to all
affected applicants? No extensions will be granted for individual circumstances.
Question: Once I have submitted a grant, who will read
or review my grant? How are decisions made to fund a grant application?
All grant applicants first receive independent reviews using a blind review
process. In other words, these reviewers receive no identifying information.
Each of the reviewers is qualified in terms of their area of expertise, their
experience with nursing research and as a reviewer. A review form listing each
criterion along with proposal review rubric is provided to these reviewers.
A copy of the Nursing Education Research Grant Proposal Review Rubric is posted
The results of the blind review along with the full proposal with identifying
information are then evaluated by the members of the NLN Reasearch Review Panel for final funding decisions.
After reviewing all grant applications submitted that year this Committee will
make the final funding recommendation.
BUDGET ISSUES AND QUESTIONS
Question: Your guidelines state that you do not allow
salary for the PI or co-investigator. We would like to include in our budget
a $2500 stipend for the PI. However, the only way we can pay the PI this stipend
(due to the way our financial system is set up) is as salary. Is this allowed?
The stipend is not to be used as a replacement for any part of the PI’s
salary at the institution. It can be processed in your financial system as salary
but the researcher must receive the full stipend in addition to their full university
salary. In addition, many university financial systems require that fringe benefits
be paid on ALL compensation. If that is the case, the fringe benefits incurred
as a result of the stipend must be paid from the stipend. On your budget submitted
to the NLN. $2500 should be listed as a stipend and the amount paid as fringe
benefits should be noted and subtracted from the stipend.
Question: Is the PI stipend of $2500 per year or per project?
In other words, can the PI stipend be $5000 in the proposed budget for a two-year
No, the total stipend in the grant budget can be no more than $2500.
Question: Is it permissible to have a paid consultant from
your own institution to assist with a specific part of the grant?
Yes, it is permissible.
Question: Would a PDA (personal digital assistant) be
considered to be durable equipment?
Yes, a PDA falls under the definition of durable equipment.
Question: Can I include software for a PDA in the grant
While PDA software is not considered durable equipment, it may be included
in the event that it is specific to your research and is not general office
or research software.
Question: I plan to submit an application for the NLN
Research in NLN Nursing Education Research Grant and would like to check whether
qualitative software QSR NVivo that I used to analyze the qualitative data in
the proposed study can be included in the budget.
QSR NVivo is software used to analyze qualitative research data and would be
considered general research software.
AFTER A GRANT IS FUNDED
Question: After I submitted my grant application, I learned
that my co-investigator accepted a position at another university and will not
be participating in my study. Do I need to notify the NLN of this change?
Yes. Additionally, if the PI is moving to another setting, the NLN should be
notified for approval. If for some reason the PI will not be able to conduct
the research and a new PI is being considered, the NLN should be notified for
approval. All personnel changes must submitted on the Research Modification
Form and submitted to the NLN for approval.
Question: Can a grant be modified after a grant has been
There are some circumstances when modifications have been permitted. However,
the NLN only funds costs specified in the original grant budget directed toward
the originally proposed research. If you would like to request a grant modification,
please request an NLN Grant Modification Form to submit your request for NLN
Question: If my grant would not be funded this year may
I revise and resubmit next year?
A proposal may be resubmitted; however it will be processed as a new application
and not a revision of a previously submitted proposal.
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