Mary Anne Rizzolo Simulation Doctoral Research Award

This award supports doctoral level research conducted by PhD, EdD or DNP students to:

  • Increase the quality and quantity of scholarly inquiry into the uses of simulation in nursing education 
  • Advance the science of nursing education
  • Increase the visibility of NLN-sponsored nursing education research.


This is a $2,500 award offered annually to support PhD doctoral dissertation nursing education research or DNP final project nursing education research. The recipient also receives a one-year student membership from the NLN.


  • The application process is open to the public, but preference will be given to 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 simulation research in nursing education and must relate to one or more of the  NLN Research Priorities in Nursing Education 2020-2023 (PDF).   

Proposal Guidelines

  • A complete proposal includes a Blind Review File only (all identifying information of applicant removed)
  • 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 Research Award Submission Guidelines (PDF)
  • 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.

Components of the Blind Review File

  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).
  • A budget is not required for this award.  
  • The components of the Blind Review File must be submitted in one PDF file via the online submission system.

How to Submit:

Proposals for the 2024 cycle will be accepted October 16, 2023, through February 1, 2024. - EXTENDED to 3/12


Please note: Submissions are accepted online only. You must have a SurveyMonkey Apply account to submit an application. Your NLN Member login is NOT valid. If you used the previous system, FluidReview, to make a submission, your username and password will remain the same; otherwise you will need to create an account. .
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 Grant Proposal Review Rubric (PDF). 

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. Awardees are encouraged to attend.

For questions about the submission or review process, please contact