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

These awards 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.

New this year! Updated priorities for this year's grants.


Application   |   Review Process   |   Funding   |   Deadline   |   Eligibility


Applicants are required to submit a complete application form via the online submission site. Only complete applications will be considered; incomplete materials will not be reviewed. Please see this checklist for an overview of the what is included in the application and this walkthrough for an overview of how to submit your application. Each submission includes:

  1. Basic contact, education, and employment information.
  2. Research proposal (Refer to this checklist for detailed proposal guidelines.)
  3. Human subjects protection documentation.
  4. Budget justification.
  5. Approval from thesis / dissertation chair via online form (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 the APNA online submission site. Please note that you will need to log in with your APNA account in order to begin your submission. 


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 (as a Word document; see guidelines here) to by April 30, 2021.

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

3. Incorporate the feedback and submit your final proposal online by May 18, 2021.

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.

Deadline for Preliminary Review:  April 30, 2021


  • Grant Recipients will be notified in late June 2021 with funding to commence in July 2021.
    • 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 2021). An additional 50% will be dispensed at 6 months (December 2021) 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 2022).
    • 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 2021). The remaining 50% of the award will be sent after submission of the final report with full budget reconciliation (July 2022).
  • 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:
    • 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
  • 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.


Once applications are open, all application materials must be complete and submitted by May 18, 2021 to be considered.
Application Deadline:  May 18, 2021


  1. Applicants must be members of APNA.
  2. Each grant applicant must be licensed as a registered nurse in psychiatric-mental health nursing or a related field of nursing.
  3. APNA will accept applications for master’s thesis or doctoral dissertations with approval by the grant applicant’s thesis, dissertation or DNP project committee.
  4. Award recipients are eligible to apply again to the APNA grant program after 5 years.
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