The TriService Nursing Research Program (TSNRP) is the country’s first and only Department of Defense program that supports and allows armed forces nurses to conduct military nursing research. 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, TSNRP has funded more than 500 grants totaling more than $100 million, resulting in changes to clinical practice, education, and policy across the Defense Health Agency.

The mission of the TriService Nursing Research Program is to facilitate nursing research to optimize the health of military members and their beneficiaries.

Nursing research investigates the many factors that affect human health for the purpose of developing clinical interventions. Military nursing research addresses several areas:

  • Unique operational settings for care
  • Mission readiness and development of military personnel
  • Improvement of delivery systems and processes to enhance clinical outcomes and quality of life for military personnel, their beneficiaries, and populations receiving care during missions

Broadly speaking, military nursing research is concerned with:

  • Optimizing the Performance of Service Members
  • Patterns of illness, stress, and injury that are unique to the military
  • Occupational and environmental hazards that affect health and readiness
  • Intervention studies 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 strategic goals are:

  • Develop and strengthen the TriService community of nurse scholars to generate new knowledge in military nursing and translate it into practice
  • Provide a TriService infrastructure to enhance military nursing research and advance Evidence-Based Practice
  • Support research and Evidence-Based Practice projects on areas relevant to military readiness and military nursing practice
  • Encourage TriService collaboration in nursing research and Evidence-Based Practice



active research projects


active investigators


Foreign and Domestic Active Patents


Research Dollars Awarded annually, approximately


Two calls for proposals are issued each year. Proposals are usually due in February and October. Funding decisions are based on a rigorous three tier review process that assesses scientific and programmatic strengths, as well as military nursing relevance 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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TSNRP encourages publication of grantees’ research and EBP findings in peer-reviewed journals and support podium and poster presentations at national nursing conferences. TSNRP hosts an annual Research and Evidence-Based Practice Dissemination Course, which is an opportunity for nurses to present their research and EBP findings. Abstracts of all funded studies can be found in the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature and on the TSNRP Website. All final reports are available on the Defense Technical Information Center and the National Technical Information Service Web sites.

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TSNRP sponsors six Research Interest Groups (RIGS). RIGs are composed of military nurses and members of the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, and Academia with a desire to advance military nursing science through research and are organized by topic of interest. RIG members share resources, conduct research and scholarly projects across the Armed Services, and foster the development of junior military nurse scientists.

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For more information about the TriService Nursing Research Program, please contact us at:
(301) 319-0596
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814