External Opportunities and Research News

AANA ResearchFrom 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

Vanderbilt School of Nursing Supported PhD Scholarships 

VUSN's dean is commited to offering scholarship opportunities for top students.  They evaluate all admitted students for merit-based scholarships and financial aid.  Last year, the School of Nursing awared VUSN Service-free tuition scholarships to 6-8 full time students.  In addition, each full tiem student received a $5000 stipend for up to three years. 

Edwards Lifesciences Education Grant Portal

Edwards Lifesciences is committed to supporting programs that further clinical knowledge, scientific exchange, medical education, and delivery of effective therapies for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring.   Edwards Edwards Lifesciences mayconsider providing grant funding support to educational topics that are of interest to CRNAs.  These include but are not limited to enhancing the understanding of the clinical and economic implications of newly-released data; educating the healthcare professional on strategies for, and potential clinical and economic benefits of, hemodynamic optimization of surgical and post-surgical patients, including Enhanced Surgical Recovery (ESR) and Perioperative Goal Directed Therapy (PGDT).  To learn more about these grant funding programs visit the grant funding portal. 


Abbot Nutrition offers medical education grants in interest areas related to Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) including surgical and critical care nutrition.

Medtronic Giving Connection

Medtronic Giving Connection, is a new grant system implemented by Medtronic.  Medtronic recognizes it cannot fulfill its Mission alone. In order to “alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life,” it must support the many stakeholders in healthcare, including providers, medical societies, and patient groups. Part of its role is to provide financial assistance for independent medical conferences, charitable events, medical education and public education programs.  To learn more about the Medtronic Giving Connection, visit the Medtronic Grant Portal.  

Jonas Scholars Program

The Jonas Center is committed to support improved healthcare for this population. Launched in 2011, the Jonas Center supports the doctoral level-training (PhD and DNP) of nurses who are focused on veteran-specific healthcare needs, ranging from clinical to policy to administration to education, to help ensure our veterans are receiving the best possible care. Learn more about the Jonas Scholars Program and grants.


Abbie helps to further education around current, new and emerging sciences and standards of care, as it knows they are key to the patient experience. Through its global grants and charitable contributions, it provides resources with the goal to: improve quality of care for patients, advance medial practice and performance and increase treatment knowledge an disease awareness.  AbbVie’s therapeutic areas of focus include immunology, oncology, virology, neuroscience, women’s health and other areas of scientific research with the greatest potential impact for patients.  For more information visit AbbVie's grant portal today.  


Teleflex is committed to supporting educational endeavors that are consistent with our mission to improve health outcomes. Teleflex Provides Medical Education Grants for the Following Categories: (1) Continuing Medical Education programs presented by accredited providers; (2) Education programs for Health Care Professionals; and (3) Medical Society Sponsored programs. Teleflex is committed to supporting genuine medical education that meets defined clinical educational needs.  Visit Teleflex's Medical Education Grant Request Portal  for more information.  

B Braun Medical 

B. Braun, an innovator of health care products and services, may make certain donations to charitable organizations and educational programs to help promote advances and education in healthcare. Charitable contribution requests from tax-exempt organizations will be considered only if the request meets B. Braun’s objective criteria and is in accordance with B. Braun’s Compliance Policies. For more information visit B. Braun Grant Submission Portal.  

Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety 

The Department of Veteran Affairs is offering an Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety. The purpose of the Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety is to develop leaders with the vision, knowledge, and skills to lead patient safety and clinical simulation initiatives in individual health care facilities and who will assume regional and national roles in patient safety and clinical simulation training. Applications are accepted year-round. For additional information see the VA’s fellowship website.

Anesthesia Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP)

The Anesthesia Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP) Committee will be accepting proposals. Funding is available to support proposed studies for their duration as it pertains to adequate neuromuscular blockade and neuromuscular recovery. For more information please visit the Anesthesia Merck Investigator Studies Program.

Medtronic Investigator Sponsored Research (ISR) 

Medtronic provides support in the form of product, funding, and/or technical input for research projects developed and conducted by independent investigators. Medtronic will evaluate each Investigator Sponsored Research (ISR) submission for its scientific merit and clinical evidence impact. Go to Investigator Sponsored Research at Medtronic  and learn about what types of research are supported.   

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson has two programs that offer grants for continuing education to academic medical centers, hospitals, medical societies/professional associations, governmental agencies, and patient advocacy groups. DePuy Synthes Companies and Ethicon offer educational grants.


Stryker Learn offers events and resources including scholarships to support understanding and application of medical technologies designed to enhance the understanding and application of medical technologies among O.R. staff.

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals supports research and education various therapeutic areas. Research, Writing, and Educational Grants may support research as well as educational programming to accelerate diagnosis and treatment in a variety of therapeutic areas

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding Cycle Announcement 

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. You can submit research applications through the PCORI Online Portal.  

NIH Pain Consortium

The NIH Pain Consortium was established to enhance pain research and promote collaboration among researchers. The consortium supports initiatives, develops research resources and tools, hosts events, and highlights funding opportunities. The NIH Pain Consortium updates their funding opportunity announcements (FOA) on a continual basis. To learn more about these funding opportunities, please go to Nursing Explorer.

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. See a list of nursing scholarships geared toward students.

NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship Program

The National Center for Health Statistics and AcademyHealth offer a year-long fellowship program for health services and policy researchers seeking access to restricted NCHS data. The NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship Program is aimed at health services researchers across multiple disciplines who have a record of independent research. 

External Training Opportunities

Getting to Know the NIH and the Grant Process

The Office of Extramural Research (OER) talks to NIH staff members about the ins and outs of NIH funding. Designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others just curious about the application and award process, we provide insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information. Episodes are available as mp3s for download here, via iTunes, or via RSS feed. 

Elsevier Publishing Campus: 10 tips for writing a truly terrible journal article

Elsevier Publishing Campus presented a webinar on scientific manuscript writing. If you want to avoid some of the major mistakes preparing and submitting your manuscript to a scientific journal then this webinar is for you! Learning how not to write an article is as important as learning how to write it. In this webinar Bert Blocken highlights 10 tips of what to avoid when writing your article. These include taking the lazy route of plagiarism, overestimating your contribution, and ignoring comments from editors and reviewers. Many of these “tips to avoid” may appear obvious, but are pitfalls that even the most seasoned authors can fall into. The webinar demonstrates how a poorly written article can ruin the career of a researcher. You must login to Elsevier to view the webinar.

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.

External Abstract Opportunities

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Research News

Nurses’ Health Study Now Recruiting New Participants

The Nurses’ Health Study, a landmark study that started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, has more than 250,000 nurse participants. The Nurses’ Health Studies have led to many important insights on health and well-being, including cancer prevention, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. For the first time researchers are recruiting both men and women to participate in this study. APRNs, RNs, LPNs, and nursing students between the ages of 19 and 46 who live in the US or Canada are eligible to join the study. In order to make participation as convenient as possible for busy nurses, participants can join online and complete the study’s surveys through a secure website. 
National Institute of Health supports use of single IRBs for Multi-Site Clinical Research Studies 

The research landscape has evolved, and many clinical research studies are carried out at multiple sites and within large networks. Therefore, the NIH has developed a draft policy to promote the use of single institutional review boards or IRBs in multi-site clinical research studies. The NIH policy proposes that all NIH-funded multi-site studies carried out in the United States, whether supported through grants, contracts, or the NIH intramural program, should use a single IRB. See the full draft policy.

Federal Pain Research Database Launched

On May 27, 2014 the National Institutes 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 1,200 federally funded research projects were categorized. Tier 1 grants were designated as basic, translational, or clinical. Grants were then 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 systems please go to the IPRP Ontology website. Learn more about the database and access here.

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 a 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 fall within their expertise.

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 in the links below.