Inside the program: Obtain grant money to conduct research projects

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, May 26, 2009

As staff nurses prepare to meet expectations regarding nursing research under Component IV: New knowledge, innovations, and improvements, one question is often asked: “Where do I go for research funding?”

There are three major sources for grant money: federal and state resources, private foundations, and corporations. When trying to determine where to go for possible funding, find out which organizations have provided funding on studies similar to your proposed research in the past. Ask the organization for an example of a research submission that was awarded grant money. When applying, make sure to use the same terms in your research proposal as the funding organization used to describe what they wanted to fund.

Another suggestion is to use a catchy title for the research proposal to attract reviewers from the funding organization. When possible, tie yourself and the research project to a national or regional issue that will catch the attention of the funding agency.

The following Web sites may be helpful when searching for grant funding:

Source: Adapted from HCPro’s book Nursing Research Program Builder: Strategies to Translate Findings into Practice.

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