the TriService Nursing Research Program (TSNRP) is the only program that funds and supports rigorous scientific research in the field of military nursing. Recognizing that military nurses play a critical role in the health and welfare of the military population, Congress appropriated $1 million for nursing research in 1992. Since then, we have funded more than 380 grants totaling more than $90 million, resulting in research published in more than 60 peer-reviewed journals.

Broadly speaking, military nursing research investigates:

  • patterns of illness, stress, and injury that are unique to the military
  • occupational and environmental hazards that affect health and readiness
  • interventions to improve outcomes or deliver high quality care in a cost-effective manner

To address these concerns, our mission is to provide resources for the conduct and use of research to foster excellence in military nursing care. Our goals are:

  • to expand the cadre of military nursing researchers
  • to provide infrastructure to stimulate, disseminate, and support nursing research and evidence-based nursing practice
  • to promote research on areas unique to the military and critical to the health of military members and on developing science to enhance military nursing practice
  • to expand the breadth and depth of the nursing research portfolio by encouraging and funding programs of research in our focus areas of investigation
  • to foster partnerships for collaborative research



active research projects


active investigators


Foreign and Domestic Active Patents


Research Dollars Awarded annually, approximately


We issue two calls for proposals in several categories each year. Proposals are due in February and October. Funding decisions are based on a rigorous three-level review that assesses the scientific, programmatic, and military-specific strength of each proposal.

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We help nurses with the administrative and regulatory requirements of their research at every step of the grant process, from successful grant applications through submission of final reports. The experience and knowledge of our dedicated professionals are an asset to each research team.

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We encourage publication of grantees’ research findings in peer-reviewed journals and supports podium and poster presentations at national nursing conferences. We sponsor an annual Research and Evidence-Based Practice Dissemination Course, an educational program and dissemination opportunity. We post the abstracts of all funded studies to the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. All final reports are available on the Defense Technical Information Center and the National Technical Information Service Web sites.

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RIGs are composed of military nurses with a desire to advance military nursing science through research and are organized by topic of interest. RIG members share resources, conduct research across all services, and foster the development of scientists.

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For more information or assistance with research administration at USU, please contact us.

(301) 295-3303
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Building A, Room 1032
Bethesda, MD 20814