External Opportunities and Research News

From time to time the Research Department identifies training opportunities, funding opportunities and research announcements from external organizations that CRNAs may find pertinent. Timely information is added to this site on an ongoing basis as appropriate.

 External Funding Opportunities

Sigma Theta Tau International Research Grant Opportunities (New)
The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.   Sigma Theta Tau International research priorities are as follows: promotion of healthy communities through health promotion, disease prevention and recognition of social, economic and political determinants; implementation of evidence-based practice; targeting the needs of vulnerable populations such as the chronically ill and poor; and capacity development for research by nurses.   In its mission to provide leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research, Sigma Theta Tau offers several research grant opportunities.   All applications and letters of support MUST be received online by 11:59pm (Hawaii Standard Time) on Monday, 1 December 2014.
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding Cycle Announcement (New)
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is authorized by Congress to fund and disseminate research that will provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their healthcare providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment, and care options available, and the science that supports those options.  The PCORI funding center contains all of the resources applicants need to respond to current PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) based on PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda. The PCORI Online Application System is now open for the Fall 2014 funding cycle, including the Large Pragmatic Studies Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 announcements.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholars
The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholars program is to develop the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care.  For information on how to apply and the application please see the information below or view the Eligibility CriteriaDeadline: Wednesday October 1, 2014 
  • Schools with research-focused PhD programs in nursing are eligible to apply for the program.
  • Selected schools will choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars. The school must be committed to facilitating the scholar’s completion of the PhD in three academic years. The scholars selected by the school must also be committed to completing their PhD program in three academic years.
  • For the 2015 cohort, the program will support up to 75 scholars across the selected schools. Each scholar will receive $75,000 to be used over the three years of the program. This award must be matched by $50,000 in support from the school (which may be in-kind).
Health Policy Fellowship
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and Academy Health are offering a fellowship program that will bring visiting scholars in health services research-related disciplines to the (NCHS) in Hyattsville, Md. for a period of 13 months to conduct studies of interest to policymakers and the health services research community. Applicants may be at any stage in their career from doctoral students (must have completed course work and be at the dissertation phase of their program) to senior investigators. Fellows will have access to NCHS data resources for use in their proposed studies, and also work on collaborative projects with NCHS staff. The application deadline is January 5, 2015.  For more information, please visit "About the NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship" to learn about this opportunity.
Scholarship Opportunities for Nursing Students
Nursing Explorer offers a searchable scholarship database created specifically for nursing students. The scholarships listed on this site are provided by nursing associations, educational institutions, foundations, for-profit/non-profit organizations, etc.  Nursing Explorer deems some of these scholarships to be relatively non-competitive scholarships compared to general/non-major specific scholarships.   To see a list of nursing scholarships geared toward students, please visit their website:  http://www.nursingexplorer.com/scholarships

 External Training Opportunities

NIH NEWS: Ten Steps to a Winning R01 Application
For your R01 application to succeed, it must meld a highly significant and innovative topic with iron-clad feasibility. NIH calls that combination "impact"—which is reflected in an application's peer review results: its overall impact score. For an R01 application to succeed in peer review, you must convince reviewers that your team is able to complete your proposed research. You’ll need to convince them to be your advocates, so develop your application with a strategy to get their support.  To learn more about this article go to the Ten Steps to a Winning R01 Application series.



 Research News

American Nurses Association (ANA)-Barriers to RN Scope of Practice (New)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is now accepting applications for the Professional Issues Panel: Barriers to RN Scope of Practice.  Applications will be accepted through October 10, 2014.This Professional Issues Panel will identify and clarify barriers to RNs practicing to the full extent of their education, experience, and scope of practice (as set down by the relevant Nurse Practice Act), and guide the development of resources to address these barriers at the institutional, state, and federal level. The Steering Committee will consist of up to fifteen members and will conduct deliberations via virtual meetings beginning November 2014. The chosen Steering Committee will meet once or twice a month via conference call for approximately two hours in addition to email dialogue. Panel work generally takes approximately six months to complete.  Applicants must be ANA members.
For more information please go to Barriers to RN Scope of Practice Panel
Federal Pain Research Database Launched
On May 27, 2014 the National Institute of Health announced the launch of the Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP) database.  The IPRP database provides information on pain research and training activities supported by the Federal Government. The participating agencies – AHRQ, CDC, DoD, FDA, NIH, and VA – are represented on the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), a Federal advisory committee to enhance pain research efforts and promote collaboration across the government. The IPRP database is managed by the Office of Pain Policy, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, under the auspices of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee.  The grants in the Federal pain research portfolio were classified using a multi-tiered system (i.e., primary and secondary tiers) of scientifically relevant topic areas into which more than 1200 federally funded research projects were categorized. Tier 1 grants were designated as basic, translational, or clinical. Grants then were coded into 29 scientific topic categories (Tier 2). Following this classification, the Tier 2 categories were organized into 9 overarching themes based on similarity of topic.  To learn more about the definitions and categories of multi-tiered system please go to the IPRP Ontology website. To learn more about the database and access to it, go to: http://paindatabase.nih.gov/

HRSA Needs Grant Reviewers
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – Office of Federal Assistance Management (OFAM) - Division of Independent Review is currently seeking volunteers, especially those of diverse background, to sign up to be a part of a pool to serve as a Grant Reviewer for HRSA programs.  Specifically, the HRSA-Bureau of Health Professions - Division of Nursing is recruiting for quality nursing professionals to serve as Grant Reviewers and encourage you to submit your information in the new peer-Reviewer Recruitment Module.   Grant reviewers fill a vital niche by performing a service for the agency.  Additionally, reviewers also gain valuable insights into what makes for a successful application.  Volunteers sign up to become part of a pool, from which they are contacted to review grant proposals that come within their expertise.
Please go to the HRSA Reviewer Recruitment website and apply today to become a reviewer.  https://rrm.grantsolutions.gov/AgencyPortal/hrsa.aspx
New Information From NIH/AHRQ Concerning Grant Resubmissions
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced on April 17, 2014 an important change in policy on application resubmissions for research grants, effective immediately. For applications due after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new application to any previously reviewed submission when accepting an application for review.
Details regarding this policy update can be found among the following links below.
The PCORI Partner List
The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is always looking for ways to connect patients, policymakers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders with researchers, as partners in developing and conducting PCORI-funded studies. PCORI's latest effort in that endeavor is the PCOR Partner List. Patients and stakeholders can express their interest by filling out a simple form on the PCORI website. The process is voluntary and no information provided on the form will be made public on our site. POCRI can’t guarantee that all who submit interest forms will be on research teams, but hope this service will help bring more patients and other stakeholders into the research process. To complete the interest form, please visit the PCOR Partner List page on their website.
Impact of the Sequestration on NIH Research Due to the sequestration on March 1, 2013, the NIH must make cuts evenly across all programs, projects, and activities among NIH institutes and centers. This means nursing research will be affected. To learn more about how the sequestration will affect nursing research, please visit the NIH Fact Sheet: Impact of Sequestration on the National Institutes of Health for more information.