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Grant Information

The Sandra Lee Schafer ABNS Research Grant will award one applicant funding up to $5,000 to be applied toward furthering research which links specialty nursing certification and patient outcomes. The application submission period is January 1 to June 1.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Research must address the Mission of ABNS: ABNS promotes the value of specialty nursing certification to all stakeholders.
  • Specifically: Studying the relationship between patient outcomes and certified specialty nursing practice.
  • The principal investigator does not have to be a registered nurse, but an RN with current license, and a minimum master’s degree in nursing (or country equivalent), must be a co-investigator on the research team.
  • Doctoral students (including PhD and DNP) may seek funding for dissertation research or scholarly projects. Pilot projects are not permitted. Documentation of candidate’s successful defense of the dissertation/capstone proposal will be required from the Chair of the Capstone Committee.
  • At least one member of the research team must be a representative of a certification organization.

Application Instructions

  • We recommend you complete this application on a desktop or laptop computer. All features may not be available on tablets or mobile devices.
  • Should you start your application and wish to complete it at a later time, please select the "Save & Continue" dropdown menu at the top right of your browser.
  • You will need to upload your current resume or CV.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from references of the Primary Investigator will be required and will need to address the Primary Investigator's proven research performance.
  • Research Team Information
    • Name, Credentials, Phone Number, Email Address
  • Human Subjects/IRB Approval Letter, as applicable (or anticipated approval date)
  • Research Proposal Narrative
  • All documents which require uploading (resume/CV, Letters of Recommendation, Research Proposal Narrative, Budget, Additional Documents) must be submitted in PDF format and the file size must be no larger than 500KB.

Organization of Research Proposal

  • Research Proposal (10 pages maximum)
    • Introduce the problem/problem statement
    • Statement of research purpose/hypothesis(es) or research question(s)
    • Further background (as needed)/significance
    • Theoretical/conceptual framework (brief)
    • Literature review
    • Methods
      • Study Design
      • Setting and Sample
      • Study Variables (including Reliability and Validity of Instruments Used)
      • Data Collection Plan/Study Procedures
      • Data Analysis(es)
    • Implications for Practice
    • Dissemination Plans
    • Research Timeline Table
    • References
    • Appendices
  • Proposed Budget
    • Include direct costs or expenses essential to the conduct of the proposed.
  • Additional Documentation
    • Letter of Agreement
    • Usage permission if applicable

For more information on IRB approval please visit:

ABNS – American Board of Nursing Specialties

Regarding Verification of Credentials
ABNS does not verify certification credentials of individual certified nurses. To verify a credential, contact the certifying agency that granted the credential. ABNS does not administer certification programs.

This website contains information specific to specialty nursing certification and is not intended or designed to give medical or nursing advice.

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