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


  • The principal investigator or a member of the research team who participates in the entire process including proposal, design, and implementation of the research project must be a:

    • school nurse(s) engaged in the practice or leadership of school nursing; and

    • current member of NASN.

  • Applications must be future research projects (i.e. not completed research projects).

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

  • Upon notification of receipt, the applicant must sign NASN’s Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) [Form 212] that lists expectations for the project. This includes submitting completed research results to The Journal of School Nursing (JOSN) following the guidelines outlined by The JOSN.


  • Page size of 8 ½ x 11.

  • Double spaced.

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

  • Font size restricted to Times New Roman, 12 point.

  • The application should be submitted in one email-but contain 2 PDF files:

    • Part I of application should include a cover sheet [Form 201] and any documents that have the applicants name or institution. This would include: Cover page (201), research team CVs/Resumes, IRB, letters of agreement (if applicable), and budget narrative

    • Part 2: Narrative and budget with NO names or identifiers so that a blind review may take place.

  • 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, or attachments.

  • Applications not meeting these criteria will not be reviewed.

Title Page: Descriptive title of your project, total amount of budget proposed.

Narrative: This is the main body of information which describes the research plan or plan of analysis for the existing data. This includes a detailed description of the project, study aims, design and how it will be implemented, what results are expected, what data will be used, and how it will be analyzed. Do not include names of researchers in the narrative portion of the application.

When preparing the project narrative section, address each of the areas listed in the following sequence:

A. Study Aim/Hypothesis/Research Question for Research Project. Outline the purpose of the study using specific aims, hypotheses and/or research questions. In addition, state the intended objectives of the proposed study/EBP project and identify needs, problems and goals.

B. Background/Review of Literature/Theoretical Discussion/Gaps in Knowledge. Succinctly summarize the problem or concern and theory for which the study is based, leading up to the proposed need for the study. Review significant previous work and current status of research and /or established evidence on the subject, as well as the gap which this Research Project or EBP Scholarly Project will address.

C.Research Plan/Methodology. Describe how the research plan including how study objectives will be met or the hypotheses or specific aims tested/implemented.

Suggested outline for your methodology:

I. Design

II. Sample/Setting/Procedures (power analysis for appropriate sample size, use of evidence-based interventions. Address the reliability and validity of tools and process)

III. Data Collection (how data will be collected, including assurances of rigor)

IV. Data Analysis (explanation and rationale of what analysis will be performed)

V. Timeline (schedule for recruitment, obtaining and analyzing data, as well as writing manuscript and disseminating findings)

D. Significance to School Nursing. Describe how the proposed study is significant in addressing student health and/or advancing the profession of school nursing.

Additional Information:


Include an itemized budget with no personal identifiers (the budget narrative, including identifiers is submitted in Part 1). Funds may be used for applicant’s release time for purpose of the research, statistical services, travel expenses, or other appropriate expenses directly related to the research project. Purchase of equipment is not an allowable cost.


Research proposals must be emailed as one email with 2 pdf documents to with the subject line: Research application.

Applications must be emailed no later than October 31st at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Faxed and hard copies of the application are not accepted.


  • Proposals will be awarded through a competitive process.

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

  • Scoring criteria include the overall impact; and the strength and weaknesses of: significance, qualifications of investigators, innovation, approach, and environment.

  • Selected applicants 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 minimum scoring criteria as determined by review committee.

  • The decision of the independent review panel shall be final.


  • The applicant will, upon receipt of award, submit a proposed 1 year budget that will determine the amount allotted at appropriate time intervals (usually 6 months). The budget must be approved by the NASN Director of Research before disbursement of funds can occur. Funds will not be released until a letter of exemption or approval from an institutional review board is provided.
  • Awardees must submit reports every 6 months and will not receive the next allotment of funding until the report is reviewed and progress approved by NASN. The report, no longer than 2 pages, will include progress of the project and request for the amount for the next 6 months. The last portion of funds will not be dispersed until a manuscript of results has been submitted to a peer reviewed scholarly journal.
  • Money must be used within 2 years of the award.