AWHONN’s commitment to nursing research and scholarship is reflected in our 27-year history of funding nursing research and promoting evidence-based nursing care. Our program is designed primarily for researchers whose efforts are on the beginning stages of a program of research. Awards are granted to researchers whose proposals investigate variables relevant to AWHONN’s 2019-2024 Research Priorities. Studies that are clinically focused and outcome based are a priority. Projects that focus on the nurse’s role in delivering cost-effective care in these subspecialties are encouraged and will also be considered.
Corporate funders and charitable contributions to Every Woman, Every Baby from AWHONN members have totaled more than $680,000, distributed to our researchers. We are grateful to those who support AWHONN’s research priorities and recognize the value of expanding nursing research. Past and current funders include: Hewlett-Packard, Hill-Rom, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, March of Dimes, and Wyeth-Ayerst.
AWHONN grant recipients have excelled in their careers and have many accomplishments such as becoming deans and professors, Fulbright Scholars, Chief Nurse Executives, Advanced Practice Nurses, and renowned authors. The results from recipients’ research are shared at the AWHONN’s annual convention, and publication in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGGN) or Nursing for Women’s Health (NWH) is encouraged..
AWHONN will provide three research grants to its members to help fund their research endeavors according to their interests. AWHONN will award up to $25,000 in research grants that focus on AWHONN’s 2019-2024 research priorities. Novice researchers are encouraged to submit proposals, for which they are eligible to receive up to $5,000. Experienced researchers are eligible to receive up to $10,000 toward their projects.
The call for these grants ended on December 13. We would like to thank those who applied and all applicants will be notified of their status sometime in February 2020.
Research Priorities and Researcher Expectations
The AWHONN women’s and neonatal health research priorities focus on the development, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge to guide clinical nursing practice. The research priorities recommendations from the Research Advisory Panel encompass nursing care of women across their lifespan, including childbearing and newborn care, as well as professional issues in nursing practice.
- Nursing Research and Scholarship
- Implementation Science/Translational Research
- Normal Birth
- Mental Health
- Patient Safety using Nurse Sensitive Outcomes
The Research Advisory Panel members discussed and described the relevance of the priorities for AWHONN members and their interconnectedness. For example, increasing normal births will reduce the number of women who experience post-traumatic stress disorder related to a traumatic birthing experience. Reducing overuse of interventions will improve patient safety and nurse sensitive outcomes.
- Maintain AWHONN membership during funding period.
- Attend scheduled orientation and conference calls for new grant recipients (generally July and following January after award granted) and submit progress reports.
- Complete the study within a 1-year timeframe and submit final report.
- Provide budget updates at 6-months and one-year of the funding period.
- Travel to the AWHONN Annual Convention the year granted to receive award. Note: Grant funding does not cover registration, travel or lodging expenses related to the convention.
- Present study findings two years after awarded at the AWHONN Annual Convention during the AWHONN Research Symposium designated session.
- Submit a manuscript of the awarded proposal within 18 months from conclusion of the study to the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, Neonatal Nursing or other appropriate scientific or technical peer-reviewed journal.
- Acknowledge AWHONN and corporate funders in all presentations, papers, and published materials.
A. Each grant proposal that meets submission criteria is reviewed by 3 research experts after the due date. They are members of the Research Advisory Panel who then determine the final grant recipients after the final IRB due date (April 1, 2020).
A. AWHONN is responsible for ensuring that the selected recipients will carry out the research proposal as outlined in the application.
A. No. An email or letter from the IRB committee must be submitted with your application that states your IRB application has been submitted for approval or exemption by April 1, 2020.
A. Yes. Research studies already begun are considered, unless they are federally funded. It must be clearly stated in the budget and abstract/narrative that the proposal submitted is in progress.
A. No. AWHONN does not cover the above items. However, electronic devices and computer software necessary to carry out the proposed research will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Principal Investigator must clearly demonstrate the need and usage of such items for the research project. Additionally, AWHONN will not be responsible for costs associated with electronic device or computer software updates or upgrades.
A. Yes. In the budget, please list your requested budget from AWHONN and your requested funds from all other sources (this includes if you already have funding for your proposal).
A. The salary is meant to support a research or graduate assistant or other support staff. No Principal or Sub-Investigators may use the grant funds for salary.
A. If previously awarded by AWHONN, there must be a 5 year period before receiving grant funds again.
A. Research grants are open to all student and full members. E-Members are ineligible to apply.
A. No, the AWHONN grants are only available to AWHONN members who are living and conducting their research within the United States.
A. Applicants must complete the 2020 Research Grant Application using the online form. It is advised and highly encouraged that applicants gather their documents first then begin the online application. Refer to the Proposal Submission Guidelines within the application on what is required.
Applicants are to submit one application. Applicants will receive an auto-reply email upon submission. Incomplete entries are not saved and applications will not be accepted by mail, fax or email.
A. Individual student or full AWHONN members can apply for a research grant (we do not award to groups or institutions). The Principal Investigator’s membership must be current at the time of proposal submission and funding selection. If awarded, the PI’s membership must remain current through the funding period.