Research Grants

NASN Research Grants


To encourage and support research regarding school nursing and health of school aged children. 

To advance and fund quality school nursing practice and school-affiliated delivery of healthcare.


NASN has a history of supporting and encouraging school nursing research which began with several generous donors who provided research funds to honor the earliest school nursing leaders. Early research grants included:

  • Lillian Wald Research Award for research impacting the health of children (1982).  Lillian Wald was the founder of school nursing in America through the Henry Street Settlement in New York City on October 1, 1902.

  • Pauline Fenelon Research Award for research in school nurse practice issues (1987).  Pauline Fenelon was an NASN President, 1984-85.

  • Lina Rogers Award for research impacting school nursing services for students (2001). Lina Rogers was the first school nurse in America. These three awards were first combined in 1997 to allow increased funding for research.

  • NASN Directed Research Grant for specific research goals as set by NASN (1998). Carol Costante, a school nurse administrator for Maryland who served as NASN President (1997-1998), made a monetary donation which provided the seed money for this targeted grant to promote research efforts related to school nursing and student health. 

  • In 2001, NASN approved separation and renaming of early award and grants to establish research grants for the purpose of funding proposed research. In 2014, NASN combined and renamed the NASN research grants to begin 2015 funding of the research grants through the NASN Endowment Fund.

Applicant Responsibility

Research Application Process

  • Grants will be made through a competitive procedure.

  • Grant application should:

    • a) Address current NASN Strategic Research Objectives.

    • b) Propose an original project that addresses current issues in school health and learning and advances the practice of school nursing.

    • c) Priority will be given to grant applications that meet one or more of the following:

      • 1) Include partnerships and affiliations which would promote the best outcomes for meeting NASN objectives. Affiliations and partnerships could include: 

        • Academic institutions

        • School nurses and nurse researchers

        • Pediatric organizations such as AAP, NAPNAP, IPN (Institute of Pediatric Nursing)

        • Corporations and others

        • Foundations, such as RWJF
          Such partnerships will occur in accordance with NASN’s governing documents.

      • 2) Identify intended next steps with future funding possibilities. NASN wants to encourage a program of research – research started with one proposal with identified possibilities for future expansion and development.  NASN values a study that is expandable and fundable by others in the future

  • All qualified applications will be read and rated by the reviewers. The reviewers will assign a score to each application using Scoring Criteria/Ranking Sheet [Form 503]. The application(s) with the highest ranking will receive the grant(s) 

  • The winning applicant(s) will be notified by the NASN President.

  • NASN reserves the right to negotiate the budget and not to make the grant or award if negotiations are unsuccessful or if no application meets a minimum scoring criteria as determined by review committee.

  • The decision of the Committee shall be final.

Applicant Qualifications 

The following criteria shall apply to all projects funded by this committee:

  • The principal investigator or a member of the research team must be a school nurse(s) engaged in the practice of school nursing and a participant in all phases of the project.

  • The researcher or research team must be qualified school nurse(s) engaged in the practice of school nursing, or the research team must include a practicing school nurse both as a consultant to the team and as a participant in all phases of the project. 

  • The researcher must be a current member of NASN, or a current NASN member must be included on the research team who participates in the entire process including proposal, design, and implementation of the research project.

  • A signed memorandum of agreement (MOA) must be submitted with a completed application, including an agreement to submit the results of the project or research to The Journal of School Nursing.

Terms of Agreement

  • The grant applicant must  sign NASN’s Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) [Form 212] that lists expectations for the project.

  • The applicant must submit completed research results to The Journal of School Nursing (JOSN) following the guidelines outlined by The JOSN.

  • The funds may be used for conducting the actual research, substitute stipends, applicant’s release time for purpose of the research, supplies, clerical assistance, travel expenses, or other appropriate expenses directly related to the research project. Purchase of equipment is not an allowable cost. A budget with a narrative budget justification must be included in the application package. Research projects shall be completed within 2 years. 

  • Applicant(s) must follow all instructions, inclusive of specified format and application completeness.

No more than 7% of the total research grant budget may be for indirect costs.

Applicant Instructions

  • The application for NASN Research Grants is posted online each year in July.

  • The application process is completed by downloading an application [Form 201] from the NASN website, completing it, and emailing it back to NASN.

  • FAXED copies of the application are not accepted.  Research project must be emailed to with the subject line: Research application.

  • Unless otherwise specified, applications must be emailed no later than October 31st.

  • The applicant must meet qualifications and follow specified format to be eligible for review.

  • The application will, upon receipt of award, submit a proposed 2 year budget that will determine the amount allotted every 12 months. The budget must be approved by the NASN Director of Research before disbursement of funds can occur. 

  • Awardees must submit reports every 12 months and will not receive the next allotment of funding until the report is  reviewed by NASN. The report, no longer than 5 pages, will include progress of the project and request for the amount for the next 12 months. 

  • Money must be used within 2 years of the award. 

Specified Format

  • Page size of 8 ½ x 11.

  • Double spaced.

  • Borders can be no less than one (1) inch.

  • Font size restricted to 12 point.

  • Project narrative and budget pages for proposed research must be numbered and include title of the project.

  • Project narrative for proposed research cannot exceed 10 pages, excluding budget, budget narrative, or attachments. Applications not meeting these criteria will not be reviewed.


NASN Research Grant Application for Funding of Proposed Research: Form 201

NASN Research Grant for Funding of Proposed Research Checklist for Applicant's Use: Form 203

Sample School Nurse Study Consent Form: Form 206

Sample Research Memorandum of Agreement: Form 212