WHAT WE DO

To ensure that we fund the most promising research by military nurses, we employ a rigorous three-step review process for all grant applications. This process promotes innovative, collaborative studies that will have a significant impact on the lives of military personnel and their families.

We support research on operational or deployment health topics. You must indicate a primary category on your grant application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to be familiar with past and current research studies we have funded.

 

RESEARCH PRIORITIES

FORCE HEALTH PROTECTION

A holistic examination of factors affecting the health care of operational personnel (e.g., war fighters, support personnel) and their families before, during, and after deployment.

  • Fit and ready force
  • Deploy with and care for warrior
  • Care for all entrusted to our care

NURSING COMPETENCIES AND PRACTICE

Description and evaluation of the military nursing competencies necessary to sustain a patient from point of injury/other health event through the continuum of care. Evaluation of educational interventions to enhance learning and retention of military nursing operational skill sets. Translation of research and other knowledge into clinical practice. Outcomes studies to evaluate effects of comparative treatments or implementation of evidence-based interventions.

  • Patient outcomes
  • Quality and safety
  • Translate research into practice/evidence-based practice
  • Clinical excellence
  • Knowledge management
  • Education and training

LEADERSHIP, ETHICS, AND MENTORING

Description and evaluation of interventions for leadership and mentoring characteristics, approaches, and strategies and their effects on military nursing leading to policy changes. Description and evaluation of the types of ethical issues that military nurses encounter in practice and the types of education, topics, and resources helpful to ethical military nursing practice. Description and evaluation of interventions designed to enhance recruitment and increase retention of military nursing personnel. Topics may include research about ethical issues specific to treatment, such as end-of-life care, treatment limitation, competency, informed consent, rights and responsibilities of patients and providers, ethical environments, and moral development and decision-making.

  • Health policy
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Preparing tomorrow's leaders
  • Care of the caregiver

ELIGIBILITY

We support nurses in all phases of their research careers. Active duty military nurses from the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force are eligible to apply for all grant awards. Reserve and National Guard Nurse Corps officers, and retired military nurses, are eligible to apply for some, but not all, grant awards.

Active duty and Reserve military nurses who are pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing are eligible to apply for the Graduate Research Award or the Graduate EBP Award.

Novice investigators with a master’s or doctoral degree are eligible to apply for the Novice Investigator Award, Exploratory Research Award, Conceptual Guideline Development EBP Award, and Implementation of Innovation EBP Award. A novice investigator is required to have a mentor and a mentoring plan.

Experienced investigators with a master’s or doctoral degree are eligible to apply for the Exploratory Research Award, Investigator-Initiated Award, Career Development Award, Fast Track Award, Conceptual Guideline Development EBP Award, and Implementation of Innovation EBP Award.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Research

  • The Graduate Research Award supports a dissertation or thesis research study.
  • The Novice Investigator Award supports research that is modest in scope or the first phase of a larger study.
  • The Exploratory Research Award supports preparatory investigations that have the potential to lead to larger, more comprehensive, and more expensive studies.
  • The Career Development Award supports mentored research training for experienced nurse scientists.
  • The Fast Track Award supports research that investigates an emerging threat, time sensitive question(s), or Service-directed question(s) regarding military nursing clinical practice, education, management, and/or policy.
  • The Investigator-Initiated Award supports projects that address the broad research priorities and strategic goals of TSNRP.

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

  • The Graduate EBP Award supports a capstone or equivalent project that implements the principles of EBP to appraise and translate theory and evidence into practice and/or policy.
  • The Conceptual Guideline Development EBP Award supports the development of one or more evidence-based clinical practice guideline(s).
  • The Implementation of Innovation EBP Award supports the implementation and evaluation of one or more evidence-based clinical practice guideline(s)

GRANT APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS

We fund innovative, high-impact research by military nurses that will lead to improved patient outcomes and better quality of life for all members of the armed forces and their beneficiaries. To meet this goal, we employ a rigorous, three-step review process for all grant applications. This process ensures that we ultimately fund the most promising research in the field of military nursing.

Specific review criteria for each type of award are listed in the Call for Proposals.

  1. Scientific Review—A panel of senior nurse scientists evaluates and scores each application. Military nurse scientists from each of the three services assess the feasibility of the proposed study in the military setting but do not indicate a score. Each proposal is evaluated for scientific and technical merit, independent of other submissions.
  2. Programmatic Review—The TSNRP Advisory Council evaluates applications after scientific review. Proposals are evaluated for their feasibility and relevance to our research priorities and portfolio.
  3. Final Review—The TSNRP Executive Board of Directors makes the final funding determinations for all applications. Decisions are based on our mission and focus areas, outcomes of the scientific merit and programmatic reviews, and recommendations of the Advisory Council.

Throughout each step, two independent observers ensure that reviewers, Council members, and Board members follow all ethical and scientific rules of behavior. Our staff provides support for all levels of the review process.

We notify applicants of funding decisions in April (for November submissions) and June (for March submissions). For all outcomes, applicants receive copies of the scientific and programmatic review summaries created during the grant evaluation process. There are four possible outcomes:

  • Funded
  • Funded with stipulations
  • Revise and resubmit
  • Decision not to fund

FUNDING RESOURCES

Government:

Nonprofit Grantee Organizations:

Bioethics:

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

We publish funding announcements three times during the year:

  • A-Call is posted by the end of July, with proposals due the first Tuesday of October
  • B-Call is posted by the end of November, with proposals due the first Tuesday in February
  • Open Call is posted in October, with submissions accepted through 1 June. Award categories for the Open Call are limited to Graduate Awards and Nurse Corps directed projects.

The FY 2020 A CALL PERIOD funding announcement and instructions are posted at and the system is ready to accept proposals through 1 October 2019. We are accepting applications for the following awards:

  • Evidenced-Based Practice
  • Follow-On Research
  • Graduate Research or Evidence-Based Practice
  • High-Priority Research Award
  • Initial Research Award
  • Novice Research or Evidence- Based Practice

APPLY

Only applicant organizations will be granted access to submit the award application; individuals cannot submit an application on their own.

First-time applicants are encouraged to refer to the Information Packet to more fully understand the process, and engage early with the Applicant Organization to meet the projected deadlines.

Although not a required form for the application, the Grant Application Summary Template may be a helpful resource to answer the required elements of the TSNRP Grant Application Summary and Evaluation. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions may also be a helpful resource.

If there are any further questions that have not been fully addressed by the instructions within TSNRP Grants Management Database please contact

Ms. Christine Leyden

christine.leyden.ctr@usuhs.edu

(301) 319-0596

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Please click on VIEW ANNOUNCEMENTS AND FORMS at the link below.

 

FAQS

Are there specific templates to use? (they don’t appear in supporting documentation or application package)

Forms will be uploaded into supporting documentation.

Is the Principal Investigator’s name included in the .5 margin – or as the first line of the document?

It doesn’t matter whether the PI name is within or outside of the 0.5 inch margin

Is there a specific order for the documents?

The order of the documents should follow the instruction page.

How should the pages be numbered within the document?

Number pages within each section, particularly for the Project Narrative and appendices. There is no need to have consecutive page numbers throughout the entire proposal.

Where should the Institution Cover Letter and Application Summary be attached? (“Research and Related Other Project Information / Item 12. Other Attachments” uploaded on the ‘Attachments Form”)

Either location is fine.

MINI EBP AWARDS

We are committed to advance Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) within military nursing. To help accomplish this task, we offer the “Mini-EBP Award” mechanism which will provide up to $10,000 of one-year of funds (O&M/Program 8) for equipment and supplies in support of local, nurse-led EBP projects.

This year, Mini-EBP awards will be submitted to our newly developed database management system. Award instructions and award announcement are outlined on the attached FY20 TSNRP Mini-EBP award.

Also, new this year, Mini-EBP Awards selected for funding will receive direct delivery of project supplies purchased through TSNRP and sent directly to the MTF. The project team must provide a 3-month interim update and a final project summary that includes a 300-500 word abstract, a quad chart, and a one-page summary of lessons learned. Mini-EBP project dissemination is encouraged at our EBP workshops and the dissemination course. Mini-EBP projects are depicted in our grants database.

APPLY

Mini-EBP Awards do not require an applicant organization to apply. Requests submitted before February 2020 will receive priority review and funding consideration to help ensure the facility receives the supplies well before the end of the fiscal year.

Applications may be submitted electronically any time between 1 October 2019 and 1 May 2020.

For any additional questions, please contact

Executive Director CAPT Heather King

heather.king@usuhs.edu