Guidelines for Proposals for Research Grants
Research proposals that address clinical practice or educational or administrative dimensions of rehabilitation nursing are requested. Quantitative and qualitative research projects will be accepted for review.
New Investigator Grant
The principal investigator (PI) for the New Investigator research grant must be a registered nurse who is active in rehabilitation or who demonstrates interest in and significant contributions to
rehabilitation nursing. This PI must also have a Master’s degree in Nursing, and a research doctorate; or a Master’s degree in Nursing and be currently enrolled in a doctoral research program. Applicants who are members in ARN will have preference for funding, though membership is ARN is not required.
The principal investigator (PI) for the Research Fellows grant must be a registered nurse who is active in rehabilitation or who demonstrates interest in and significant contributions to rehabilitation nursing. This PI must have an earned research doctorate in nursing or a related field. Applicants who are members in ARN will have preference for funding, though membership is ARN is not required.
Deadline is March 1, 2014
The Research Grant Committee reviews proposals once a year. 2014 proposals must be emailed to
by midnight March 1, 2014. Proposals received after that date will not be considered. Funding begins January 2015 for the selected proposals.
Responsibilities of Principal Investigator
- Completion of the project within 2 years of initial funding
- Submission of a progress report to the RNF Research Fund Committee every 6 months until the research project is completed. The format for this report can be found here.
- Submission of a publishable manuscript presenting the research to Rehabilitation Nursing or another appropriate refereed journal
- Presentation of a paper or poster pertaining to the research at an Association of Rehabilitation Nurses educational conference within 2 years of initial funding. (Travel, hotel and conference registration expenses up to $1,000 to attend the ARN annual conference for presentation of this funded work will be reimbursed by RNF for grant recipients if the presentation is accepted by the ARN Annual Conference Committee. This reimbursement is over and above the grant amount.)
- Acknowledgment in any publication, paper, or poster that the research was supported by the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses; and
- RNF Research Fellows may be asked to serve as mentors for novice researchers.
Prepare the proposal which is not to exceed 10 double-space, typed, 8 ½" x 11" pages exclusive of the project budget, appendices, and references. Use 12-point type for all documents included in the application.
The grant application includes the following:
- All applicants must complete the Research Grant Checklist to verify inclusion of all required materials and included it as part of the application.
- All applicants must complete the Summary Data Form included in the packet.
- All applicants must complete the Grant Contact Forms regarding the contact person for the grant funding agreement and disbursement of funds should application be selected.
- The institution or agency named in the proposal must complete the Administrative Approval Form to indicate acknowledgment and approval of the research project. (Approvals may be pending at time of submission but must be given before the grant is awarded).
- Use the space on the Abstract Form for a typed, 250 to 350 word abstract defining the research problem, stating the significance of the research project, and presenting the research project methodology and plan for analysis.
- Include the NIH Biographical Sketch of the principal investigator, all co-investigators, and consultants. Also, if applying for the New Investigator Grant, include NIH Biosketches for advisors and mentors.
NIH Biosketch sample and instructions and NIH Biosketch form.
- Submit the entire packet electronically in pdf format.
- Complete all proposal materials. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
- Email proposals to Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation:
- An email confirmation wll be sent within 48 hours of receiving your proposal. There are no exceptions to the deadline based on failure to receive application materials.
Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Research Grant Committee members and a peer review panel. Proposals will be rated according to predetermined weighted criteria. The committee members and peer review panel will recommend the proposals selected to receive funding to the RNF Board of Trustees.
All principal investigators will be notified of the disposition of their proposals after action by the RNF Board of Trustees. Principal investigators will receive a summary critique of their proposal from the Research Grant Committee.
Notification of Award
Grant recipients will be notified in August. Public announcement of the grant recipients will be made by the RNF Chair at the ARN educational conference. RNF requests that recipients do not publicly announce receipt of the grant until after the ARN educational conference. Recipients are strongly encouraged to attend the conference.
Funds will be awarded to the institution, agency, or investigator at the discretion of the RNF Board of Trustees and will be based on the recommendations of the Research Grant Committee. The strategy for funding proposed by the principal investigators/project directors will be considered in the decision.
Rehabilitation Nursing Research Agenda
The Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation (RNF), the research arm of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), has developed the Research Agenda to guide the research activities of the Foundation.
This agenda is consistent with the research goals of the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Nursing Research as well as the national health objectives identified in Healthy People.
The RNF Research Agenda addresses seven key areas:
- Nursing and nursing-led interdisciplinary interventions to promote function in people of all ages with disability and/or chronic health problems
- Experience of disability and/or chronic health problems for individuals and families across the lifespan
- Rehabilitation in the changing healthcare system
- The rehabilitation nursing profession
- Nursing and outcomes evaluation
- Nursing and evidence-based practice
- Issues of quality and process improvement
Brief descriptions of the high-priority issues for each of these areas are also outlined.
RNF encourages nurse researchers and those who fund research to consider this agenda when planning their own research activities.
Added consideration will be given to applicants who use the research agenda and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) priorities that can be found on the NINR web site at http://www.ninr.nih.gov/AboutNINR/NINRMissionandStrategicPlan/ in planning their research proposal.
For more information, contact the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation office at 800.229.7530 or via email at