Funding Opportunities for Investigators


Faculty Pilot Research Grant

This fund is designed to support pilot projects by nursing faculty, the results of which will be used as preliminary data in subsequent applications to external funding agencies. All doctorally-prepared faculty holding a professorial rank in the CON may submit proposals for pilot projects to the Research and Scholarship Committee for review. The expectation is that the proposed pilot project will lead to an external funding opportunity (e.g. NIH, RWJ, HRSA, PCORI, foundations, organizations). All proposals submitted to the Research and Scholarship Committee must follow the required format and will be evaluated for scientific rigor using the standard criteria. Priority will be given to full-time faculty.

Submission Dates

Grants are to be submitted on the first day of the month on the following dates: September 1, October 1, November 1, January 1, February 1, March 1, April 1, May 1, June 1 (9 times per year).

Submission Guidelines

Review Criteria

Shauna Laatz Seed Grant

 This grant is designed to provide seed funding for nursing practice scholarly projects, as defined in the draft AACN statement on Academic Nursing Scholarship (AACN, 2017). The grant program is designed to fund projects addressing clinical nursing practice problems, testing or disseminating practice innovations, or implementing evidence-based practice methods. Projects should be of a scope such that they may be completed with the award funds. Projects may also be pilot projects that, if successful, will lead to external funding. Funding for projects that are well-suited for eventual NIH funding should be submitted to the College of Nursing Research Fund Faculty Pilot Grant program. 

Submission Dates

Applications are reviewed quarterly. Submission dates are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on the submission date. 

Submission Guidelines

Review Criteria

Federal Funding Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH offers funding for many types of grants, contracts, and even programs that help repay loans for researchers

NIH Opportunities

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

NINR offers research funding to investigators that wish to:

  • Build the scientific foundation for clinical practice
  • Prevent disease and disability
  • Manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness
  • Enhance end-of-life and palliative care

NINR Opportunities

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

NIA leads the federal government in conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. The Institute seeks to understand the nature of aging and the aging process, and diseases and conditions associated with growing older, in order to extend the healthy, active years of life.

NIA Opportunities
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most, and improvements in health care delivery.

HRSA Opportunities

Foundation and Other Funding Opportunities
American Heart Association (AHA)

AHA offers funding opportunities for all career stages.

AHA Opportunities

Sigma Nursing Research Grants

Sigma and collaborating nursing organizations offer research grant opportunities to nurses around the globe.

Sigma Opportunities

Midwest Nursing Research (MNRS) Grants

Through the generosity of donors to the Midwest Nursing Research Society Foundation, MNRS is able to offer nurse researchers grant opportunities to further their work and contribute to the profession of nursing science.

MNRS Opportunities

Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) at Rush

The ITM offersmore than $1 million each year in funding opportunities for researchers at every stage of their career.

ITM Opportunities

Funding Opportunities Search Tools

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About Pivot is a portal website that allows organizations to search and apply for federal funding opportunities.