Grant Opportunities


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2019 Application Period - Fall 2018


The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) invites proposals to conduct investigations on issues relevant to nursing simulation. The INACSL “Debra Spunt” Research Grants are designed to fund research that advances the science of simulation in healthcare and is related to at least one of the the INACSL research priorities. Rigorously designed research proposals, both qualitative and quantitative are welcome. Proposals must target at least one of the following research priorities:

  • Translational research
  • Evaluation methods
  • Validity and reliability of instruments
  • Ratio of clinical time to simulation time
  • Pre-briefing
  • Use of theory in simulation
  • Measurement of higher order thinking (e.g. clinical reasoning)
  • Faculty development
  • Facilitator competence
  • Communication

  In the 2019 grant period, competitive reviews will result in the awarding of the following grants: 

  • Two (2) $1,000 grants funded by Laerdal Medical
    • These grants are designed to encourage novice researchers.  Priority will be given to first time applicants.
  • One (1) $10,000 grant funded by Chamberlain University
    • This grant is intended to support experienced researchers 

Preference for all grants will be given to research projects that are a part of a multi-site study.  Research projects that measure student satisfaction and/or self confidence are not fundable without an additional and higher level Kirkpatrick outcome as the main research focus.  

View a list of past grant recipients and past applications.


Only INACSL members will be funded by these grants to support their research endeavors. A member is only eligible for one grant award. The INACSL member can be the primary investigator or part of a team of researchers. If the INACSL member is part of a team, the INACSL member submitting the request must be a key person on the research team and is responsible for the reporting and follow through (see Reporting Requirements).

Application Procedure

Details will be provided Fall 2018

Laerdal Medical Grant

The 3-page proposal should provide a clear and complete narrative account of the research project. It should include what is to be done, why, and how. The proposal should address the innovative nature of the research. A fourth page detailing the budget should be included. Please attach all of the required grant proposal materials to the electronic application.

The submission should include the following four (4) documents:

  1. Proposal which includes the following:
    • Title Page (1-page)
    • Proposal (3-page) with sections identified by headings
      • Abstract - This is a summary including the background of the proposed project. Include any previous experience you have had with the topic.
      • Significance - Include one paragraph describing the need your project will address. Identify the benefits to the nursing community.
      • Question and/or hypothesis - Identify the research question or proposition you hope to address with your study.
      • Methodology - Describe your research design, data collection and analysis procedures. Include a description of your sample, limitations of the study, and co-researcher participants.
      • Outcomes - List the changes that can be expected if your study is approved.
      • Evaluation - Describe the process by which you will evaluate the outcomes stated above.
      • Project Description and Timeline - Include a timeline of the project from its inception through to its completion.
    • Budget - 1-page addressing all items needed to complete the study and how the mini-grant funding will be utilized.
    • References - Pertinent references to support proposal.
  2. Completed qualifications and contact information form - Download the Grant Qualifications Form now. Completed form should not exceed two pages in length.
  3. Supervisory Support - Attach a letter of support from your immediate supervisor to help assure that your project will progress according to the timeline in the proposal
  4. Curriculum Vitae - 6-page maximum (may be single spaced)
    • CV GUIDELINES - CV file size is limited to 1 MB per document maximum. CVs exceeding file size limits will not be accepted.
    • DO NOT INCLUDE: Courses taught, theses/dissertations supervised, extensive job descriptions, institutional committees, publications in process, or continuing education.
    • INCLUDE ONLY THE FOLLOWING: Employment history, educational history, publications, research with dollar amounts, awards and honors, professional activities and community service, selected presentations, and other activities that demonstrate sustained contributions.
      • Each category should be organized starting with most recent activities.
      • For lengthy careers the relevant activities and accomplishments should be highlighted, or the candidate may specify that the CV provides detail for only the last 10 years with abbreviated references to prior time spans.

Chamberlain University Grant

  1. The proposal should include the following
  • Title Page - one page; include tie to INACSL research priority
  • Abstract - limited to 300 words (submit in "Grant Proposal" section in electronic application; not included in 15 page limit)
  • Proposal - the proposal narrative must not exceed 15 pages, double spaced, with one-inch margins on all sides and include the following:
    • Purpose of the study with a description of the link to INACSL research priorities with background to support the need for the study to advance the science of simulation
    • Review of relevant literature
    • Significance of the study to the science of simulation (i.e. how the study will advance the science)
    • Research question and/or hypothesis
    • Discussion of the theoretical, conceptual, and/or philosophical basis for the study
    • Methodology
    • Research design
      • sampling approach
      • outcome measure(s)
      • data collection protocol
      • instrumentation (a copy of instruments may be inserted in the appendices)
      • data analysis procedures
      • protection of human subjects plan
      • plan for dissemination of results
      • timetable for all project activities
  • Budget (not included in the 15 page limit)
  • References (not included in 15 page limit)
  • Appendices (not included in 15 page limit) 

2.  Completed qualifications and contact information form. Download the Grant Qualifications Form now

3.  Curriculum Vitae 

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will consider all proposals to be evaluated according to the criteria and rubric:

  • Contribution to relevant nursing issues and the professional literature that enhances the state-of the-science in this area of research and teaching
  • Technical merit-- Is project feasible, reasonable, doable?
  • Methodology -- is it appropriate for answering the research question?
  • Likelihood of timely completion of the project
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Consistency with INACSL’s mission

2019 Grant submission deadline - The selection committee will consider all proposals received by before the deadline. 

2019 Notification deadline - The selection committee will respond to all proposals by the end of December, 2018

Reporting Requirements

Grant awardees are required to submit a progress report once per quarter to the Research Advisor. This report can be an email providing a brief update on the status of the project. In addition, grant awardees are required to submit an abstract for consideration at the annual INACSL Conference (after completion), as a podium or poster presentation summarizes their results, and/or, submit a research report to INACSL online journal (Clinical Simulation in Nursing) for publication. 

Dispersal of Funds

Fifty percent of the funds shall be dispersed upon acceptance of the grant.  The balance of the funds will be dispersed six (6) months after the first, based on satisfactory progress.


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