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APNA 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. APNA is accepting proposals in two categories:

  • Research studies to generate new knowledge to advance psychiatric mental health nursing
  • Evidence-based practice (EBP) change or quality improvement (QI) projects to apply evidence to practice

These awards are to assist psychiatric nurse investigators in their scholarly careers and vary from $1,000 – $10,000 per award. Awards are intended for investigators who are early in their careers and who have not previously had major intra- or extramural funding.


2022 Funding Cycle Important Dates

  • Optional Preliminary Review Submission Deadline: April 22, 2022
  • Final Proposal Submission Deadline: May 17, 2022
  • Recipients Notified: July 2022
  • Funding Begins: August 2022

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be current members of APNA.
  • Applicants must be within the early stages of their scholarly careers and/or individuals who have not previously had major intra- or extramural funding.
  • Each grant applicant must be licensed as a registered nurse who focuses on psychiatric-mental health.
  • APNA will accept applications for master’s thesis or doctoral dissertations with approval by the grant applicant’s thesis, dissertation, or DNP project committee.
  • Grant recipients are eligible to apply again to the APNA grant program after 5 years.

Application & Review Process

Application

Applicants are required to submit a complete application form via the online submission site. (Here is a quick walkthrough.) You will need to log in with your APNA account in order to begin your submission.

Only complete applications will be considered; incomplete materials will not be reviewed. Each submission includes:

  • Application Form
  • Proposal (Refer to this checklist for detailed proposal guidelines.)
  • Institutional review board (IRB) approval documentation for research and EBP/QI projects
  • Budget justification
  • Letter of approval from thesis/dissertation/DNP chair via online form (if appropriate)
  • If possible, include letter of approval from facility and/or employer if serving as the data collection site
  • Curriculum vitae or biosketch with research activities. Funding history should include the year, funding agency, amount, and purpose.

 

Start Your Submission

Application Deadline: May 17, 2022

Review

Applications will undergo an anonymized review by a Research Review Committee Panel.  Please organize your proposal according to the review criteria:

Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the preliminary reviews offered through the APNA Research Council in order to help ensure that their proposals meet the review criteria (see next section).

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


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:

  • Email your draft research proposal (as a Word document) to councilsupport@apna.org by April 22, 2022. Be sure to indicate which category you are submitting for (research study or EBP/QI project)
  • Receive feedback on your proposal from a member of the APNA Research Council.
  • Incorporate the feedback and submit your final proposal online by May 17, 2022.

Funding

1. Grant Recipients will be notified in late July with funding to commence in August.

  • 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 (August). An additional 50% will be dispensed at 6 months (January) 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 (August).
  • For grants below $5,000, funds will be dispensed under the following agreement:
    • 50% of the award will be sent in the initial payment (August 2022). The remaining 50% of the award will be sent after submission of the final report with full budget reconciliation (August 2023).
  • A change in the disbursement schedule can be requested in writing; changes must be justified and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Release of funds will be contingent upon required itemized budget reconciliation. If expenditure reports are not received in a timely fashion, funding is not guaranteed.

2. 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 proposals that fit one of the following areas. Include in your application which priority area your proposal addresses:

  • Strategies and models for shared decision-making/partnering to accomplish positive mental health treatment outcomes
  • Strategies to address disparities and promote and/or increase diversity, equity, and inclusion within mental health care, including access to care, the psychiatric-mental health nursing workforce, etc.
  • Integrated mental health care that considers developmental and holistic (biological, social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual) dimensions across the lifespan
  • Innovative adaptations to psychiatric nursing practice and/or psychiatric nursing interventions in response to the pandemic and the impact on mental health, recovery, and healing

3. All proposals must be reviewed by an 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.

4. Budget: Only expenses essential to the conduct of the proposed project (direct costs only) will be considered for funding. Support for salary, travel, or conference registration is not allowed. Indirect costs are not allowed. Research assistant/data entry/statistician costs will be considered as a portion of funding.

2021 APNA Research Grant Recipient

WINGS: Wellness Intervention for Nurses Post Traumatic Growth and Self Care  

Nasreen Lalani, PhD, MScN, RN
Assistant Professor, Purdue University School of Nursing
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Dr. Nasreen Lalani is an early career researcher, currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Purdue University School of Nursing. She has 25+ years of nursing experience from US, Canada, Australia, and Pakistan. Her research interests include palliative care, resilience, spirituality, and caregiving. Her research program aims at developing psychosocial and spiritual interventions to improve the wellbeing of caregivers in practice settings. Dr Lalani has worked on multiple collaborative projects promoting spiritual wellbeing and resilience of different populations in post-disaster recovery settings. The recent pandemic has caused compassion fatigue, burnout, and distress especially among palliative care nurses caring for critical ill and dying patients. Nurses are at high risk for dysfunctional coping, psychological trauma, and moral injury. Using this APNA grant, Dr. Lalani and her team will examine the effectiveness of self-reflective interventions to promote resilience, post traumatic growth, and subjective wellbeing of nurses working in palliative care settings. The study will support testing and advancing theoretical frameworks used under study and developing holistic wellness interventions in a palliative nursing and pandemic context.