American Psychiatric Nurses association Research Grants

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association Research Grants program provides funding to enhance scientific contributions that advance the knowledge and practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing. This year, we are accepting proposals in two categories:

  • Category 1: Research studies to generate new knowledge to advance psychiatric mental health nursing
  • Category 2: Evidence-based practice change or quality improvement projects to apply evidence to practice

Funded by the APNA Foundation Committee, these awards are intended to seed new investigators who are beginning their scholarly careers and vary from $1,000 - $10,000 per award. Priority will be given to investigators who are early in their careers and who have not previously had major intra- or extramural funding. Final submission deadline: March 21, 2017.

New this year, applicants who wish to have their grant proposals given a preliminary review and receive feedback prior to final submission can do so! Simply email your proposal to councilsupport@apna.org by February 27th.
 


Application   |   Review Process   |   Funding   |   Deadline   |   Eligibility



Application

Applicants are required to submit a complete application form. Only complete applications will be considered; incomplete materials will not be reviewed. One (electronic is preferred) copy of the research proposal must be submitted and should include:

  1. Application form
  2. Research proposal (Refer to the application form for detailed proposal guidelines.)
  3. Human subjects protection documentation.
  4. Budget justification.
  5. Letter of approval from thesis / dissertation chair (if appropriate)
  6. Curriculum vitae or biosketch with research activities. Funding history should include the year, funding agency, amount, and purpose.

Applications are to be submitted via email to tlantrip@apna.org or by surface mail to:

American Psychiatric Nurses Association
c/o Tandi-Jo Lantrip
3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 625
Falls Church, VA  22042
 

Preliminary Review opportunity

Have a draft of your proposal reviewed by the Research Council and receive constructive feedback to incorporate into your final proposal! To take advantage of this preliminary review feature:

1. Email your draft research proposal (see application form) to councilsupport@apna.org by February 27, 2017.

2. Receive feedback on your proposal by email from a member of the Research Council.

3. Incorporate the feedback and submit your final proposal by the  March 21, 2017 deadline.



Review Process

Applications will undergo a blind review by a Research Review Committee. The review criteria for Category 1 and Category 2 are available to download for your reference. Please organize your proposal accordingly. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the preliminary reviews offered through the APNA Research Council (see yellow box above) in order to help ensure that their proposals meet the review criteria.

Applications are treated as privileged communication and are restricted to members of the Research Review Committee, APNA Board of Directors, and staff.
 


Funding

  • Grant Recipients will be notified in late June 2017 with funding to commence in July 2017.
    • For grants $5,000 and above, funds will be dispensed under the following agreement:
      • 25% of the award will be sent in the initial payment (July 2017). An additional 50% will be dispensed at 6 months (December 2017) after receipt of a progress report including expenditures to date. The final 25% of the award will be sent after submission of the final report with full budget reconciliation (July 2018).
    • For grants below $5,000, funds will be dispensed under the following agreement:
      • 50% of the award will be sent in the initial payment (July 2017). The remaining 50% of the award will be sent after submission of the final report with full budget reconciliation (July 2018).
  • Priority for funding is based upon scientific merit, potential for knowledge development, and relevance to the advancement of the knowledge and practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing.
     
  • Preference is given to investigators in the early stages of their research careers and to proposals that fit one of the following areas:
    • In light of the Institute of Medicine’s report on Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders, proposals focused on research with people with mental health issues that generate knowledge about or evidence of efficacy in the use of motivational interviewing or that is a practice change/quality improvement proposal that tests the use of motivational interviewing are especially sought in this year’s call. 
    • Strategies and models for shared decision-making/partnering to accomplish positive mental health treatment outcomes. 
    • Intervention that is focused on prevention & treatment across multiple contexts, e.g. family, community, varying care delivery settings. 
    • Recovery and healing capacities of individuals, groups and families. 
    • Integrated mental health care that considers biological, social and developmental/lifespan dimensions.
    • Psychiatric nursing workplace, workforce and practice definition issues.
       
  • Proposals for research involving the human population must be reviewed by a human subjects review committee (Institutional Review Board). An application may be submitted prior to IRB review but release of funds will be contingent upon APNA receiving a written copy of IRB approval. The time period allotted to attain IRB approval is within 60 days from announcement of grant recipients
     
  • Budget: Only expenses essential to the conduct of the proposed research will be considered for funding. Support for salary, travel, or conference registration is not allowed. Indirect costs must not account for more than 10% of the APNA funded amount, not to exceed $1,000. Funded proposals will require budget reconciliation.
     


Deadline

All application materials must be received by Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to be considered.

Applications are to be submitted via email to tlantrip@apna.org or by surface mail to:

American Psychiatric Nurses Association
c/o Tandi-Jo Lantrip
3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 625
Falls Church, VA  22042
 



Eligibility

  1. Each grant applicant must be licensed as a registered nurse in psychiatric mental health nursing or a related field of nursing.
  2. APNA will accept applications for master’s thesis or doctoral dissertations with approval by the grant applicant’s thesis or dissertation committee.
  3. Award recipients are eligible to apply again to the APNA grant program after 5 years.
  4. Applicants must be members of APNA.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.