Internal Research Funding Opportunities

Center for Research and Evaluation Pilot/Feasibility Study Program - Overview of Program

In an effort to promote the funding of R01 level awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing established the Pilot/ Feasibility Study Program. This program is administered through the Center for Research and Evaluation (CRE) and will award small grants to junior faculty on the tenure track (i.e., Assistant Professors who are not yet tenured) in the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. This program is targeted at providing support for the conduct of small feasibility studies, the results of which would be included as a preliminary study in an R01 submission to NIH.

The estimated maximum award for FY 2016-2017 is $15,000, although investigators are strongly encouraged to submit applications for smaller levels of funding. Application requests in excess of this maximum will not be reviewed.  Funding will cover research that is conducted beginning January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. NO COST EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.

Letters of intent (LOI) are due 4pm ET, Friday, September 30, 2016. The LOI must include a 300 word abstract describing the proposed project and a listing of key project personnel (Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators) and their contact information (campus address, email address).

Deadline for submission of the application is 4pm ET, Friday, October 28, 2016.  Notification of the award will be made by email.

Submission is Closed

All correspondence (including LOI) should be addressed to:
CRE Pilot/Feasibility Study Program
c/o Kathleen Kennedy
Center for Research and Evaluation
University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street, Room 360, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(412) 624-4854, E-mail: kke100@pitt.edu

Ruth Perkins Kuehn Research Award

Ruth Perkins Kuehn, PhD, RN was founder and the Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing for over 20 years.  In honor of her dedication to research and education, an endowment was established in her name by alumni and friends, which has resulted in the provision of annual supports to promising nurse researchers.  For fiscal year 2018, this endowment has made possible a clinical research grant to be $25,000.

The purpose of the award is to encourage the research career development of University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing alumni and faculty through support of research conducted by nurses.  The award will be given to fund clinical research.  A clear application providing support for the practice of nursing must be evident.  Priority for funding is based upon the scientific merit of the proposal with consideration given to the investigator's ability to conduct the study.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Monday, July 17, 2017.  The award recipient will be announced at the School of Nursing's Scholarship and Awards Luncheon in the fall. 

Ruth Perkins Kuehn Research Award Guidelines:

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines

* Proposals will now be accepted only electronically as a single PDF file.

Questions may be directed to:
Ruth Perkins Kuehn Research Award Application Committee
c/o Kathleen Kennedy
Center for Research and Evaluation
University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing
Phone: (412) 624-4854, E-mail: kke100@pitt.edu

Leslie A. Hoffmann Endowed Acute Care Research Fund

The Leslie A. Hoffman Endowed Acute Care Nursing Research Fund was created to honor Dr. Leslie Hoffman’s life-long commitment to nursing research, the advancement of nursing practice, and continued improvements in patient care.  Leslie Hoffman, PhD, RN, FAAN, served as a division head and later the Chair of the Department of Acute and Tertiary Care at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing from 1992-2010.  To date nearly $95,000 has been donated and/or pledged by family members, colleagues, former students and friends.

The maximum amount available for 2017-2018 is $5,000 that can be used to support a research project related to acute care at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.  Funding will cover research that is conduced starting September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018.Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm Eastern, Friday, December 9, 2016.  Notification of the award will be made by mail.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm Eastern, Monday, July 17, 2017.  Notification of the award will be made by mail.

Leslie A. Hoffman Endowed Research Award Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines

* Research Award packets will only be accepted electronically as a single PDF file.

Questions may be directed to:
Leslie A. Hoffman Research Award Application Committee
c/o Kathleen Kennedy
Center for Research and Evaluation
University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing
Phone: (412) 624-4854, E-mail: kke100@pitt.edu

The Judith A. Erlen Nursing PhD Student Research Fund Endowment

The Judith A. Erlen Nursing PhD Student Research Fund Endowment was established in July 2010 with initial gifts raised through a campaign coordinated by the PhD students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. The purpose of this endowment is to provide awards to students in the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing PhD Program.  Awards shall be used for student expenses related to their dissertation, pilot study, or other research-related activities.

The estimated minimum amount available for 2017-18 is $834 (but may be more) and can be used to support research being conducted by a student in the PhD Program in the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.  Funding will cover research that is conducted starting July 1, 2017 through August 2018. An update will be distributed as to the final maximum amount available.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Friday, May 19, 2017. Notification of the award will be made by mail and funding will start July 1.  The honoree will be formally recognized at the Scholarship & Awards Luncheon in the fall.

If you are interested in applying for more than one PhD student research award, please submit one application and indicate your award interest using the attached checklist.  At most one award will be issued per application.

Judith A. Erlen Nursing PhD Student Research Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines

* Research Award packets will only be accepted electronically as a single PDF file.

Please submit your proposal to:

Judith A. Erlen Nursing PhD Student Research Award Application Committee
C/o Kathleen Kennedy
Center for Research and Evaluation
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street, Room 360
Pittsburgh, PA  15261
Telephone:  412-624-4854
Fax:  412-624-1201
E-mail:  kke100@pitt.edu

The Ruth and Bill Fincke PhD Student Research Award 

The Ruth and Bill Fincke PhD Student Research Award was established to support scholars in their efforts to discover and extend scientific knowledge that advances the science and practice of nursing and clinical care for individuals with chronic disorders. 

The estimated minimum amount available for 2017-18 is $600 (but may be more) and can be used to support research being conducted by a student in the PhD Program in the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.  Funding will cover research that is conducted starting July 1, 2017 through August 2018. An update will be distributed as to the final maximum amount available.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Friday, May 19, 2017. Notification of the award will be made by mail and funding will start July 1.  The honoree will be formally recognized at the Scholarship & Awards Luncheon in the fall.

If you are interested in applying for more than one PhD student research award, please submit one application and indicate your award interest using the attached checklist.  At most, one award will be issued per application.

The Ruth and Bill Fincke PhD Student Research Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines

* Research Award packets will only be accepted electronically as a single PDF file.

Please submit your proposal to:

Ruth and Bill Fincke PhD Student Research Award Application Committee
C/o Kathleen Kennedy
Center for Research and Evaluation
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street, Room 360
Pittsburgh, PA  15261
Telephone:  412-624-4854
Fax:  412-624-1201
E-mail:  kke100@pitt.edu

The Newmeyer-Thompson Doctoral Student Award

The Newmeyer-Thompson Doctoral Student Award was established to provide support to a qualified PhD student(s) in the School of Nursing.  The funds may be used for travel, dissertation expenses, dissemination of findings, or other related education expenses. 

The estimated minimum amount available for 2017-18 is $460 (but may be more) and can be used to support research being conducted by a student in the PhD Program in the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.  Funding will cover research that is conducted starting July 1, 2017 through August 2018. An update will be distributed as to the final maximum amount available.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Friday, May 19, 2017. Notification of the award will be made by mail and funding will start July 1.  The honoree will be formally recognized at the Scholarship & Awards Luncheon in the fall.

The Newmeyer-Thompson Doctoral Student Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines

* Research Award packets will only be accepted electronically as a single PDF file.

Please submit your proposal to:

Newmeyer-Thompson Doctoral Student Research Award Application Committee
C/o Kathleen Kennedy
Center for Research and Evaluation
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street, Room 360
Pittsburgh, PA  15261
Telephone:  412-624-4854
Fax:  412-624-1201
E-mail:  kke100@pitt.edu

The Jayne F. Wiggins Memorial Scholarship

The Jayne F. Wiggins Memorial Scholarship in the School of Nursing shall provide annual support to the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Nursing by providing a dissertation award.  This award is to go to a student whose approved dissertation proposal is found to be well-designed with the potential to make a substantive contribution to clinical nursing practice.  The award will be selected by a committee independent of the dissertation committee.

The maximum amount available for 2017-18 is estimated to be at least $2,000 (but may be more) and can be used to support research being conducted by a student in the PhD Program in the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.  Funding will cover research that is conducted starting July 1, 2017 through August 2018.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Friday, May 19, 2017. Notification of the award will be made by mail and funding will start July 1.  The honoree will be formally recognized at the Scholarship & Awards Luncheon in the fall.

The Jayne F. Wiggins Memorial Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines

* Research Award packets will only be accepted electronically as a single PDF file.

Please submit your proposal to:

Jayne F. Wiggins Memorial Scholarship Research Award Application Committee
C/o Kathleen Kennedy
Center for Research and Evaluation
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street, Room 360
Pittsburgh, PA  15261
Telephone:  412-624-4854
Fax:  412-624-1201
E-mail:  kke100@pitt.edu

The Margaret E. Wilkes Scholarship

The Margaret E. Wilkes Scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing was created and generously funded by James and Margaret Wilkes, longtime Pitt supporters who met while Mrs. Wilkes was working as a nurse at the Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WPIC).

After graduating from nursing school, Mrs. Wilkes worked at WPIC and met her husband, James, who was a Pitt student working as an attendant in the hospital.  Mrs. Wilkes worked as a nurse for only a year or two but feels strongly that her time at the hospital had quite an impact on her.  To this day, she has an affinity for nurses and keeps up with the profession by reading newspaper articles and books about medicine or attending lectures on health care.

The Wilkes Scholarship was created in 2008 with an initial gift of $30,000.  Due to their annual support of the fund, it now has a balance of more than $183,000.  The scholarship supports a nursing student pursuing their PhD in order to help with the shortage of nursing educators.  The Wilkes hope that the recipient of their scholarship will one day use the education attained to teach other nurses.

The estimated minimum amount available for 2017-18 is $6,200 (but may be more) that can be used to pursue their PhD in the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.  Funding will cover expenses starting July 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018. An update will be distributed as to the final maximum amount available.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Friday, May 19, 2017. Notification of the award will be made by mail and announced at the School of Nursing’s Scholarship and Awards Luncheon in the fall. 

If you are interested in applying for more than one PhD student research award, please submit one application and indicate your award interest using the attached checklist.  At most, one award will be issued per application.

Margaret E. Wilkes Scholarship Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines

* Research Award packets will only be accepted electronically as a single PDF file.

Please submit your proposal to:

Margaret E. Wilkes Scholarship Fund Award Application Committee
C/o Kathleen Kennedy
Center for Research and Evaluation
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street, Room 360
Pittsburgh, PA  15261
Telephone:  412-624-4854
Fax:  412-624-1201
E-mail:  kke100@pitt.edu

Swigart/Gold Doctoral Award for Scholarship in Nursing Ethics

The Swigart/Gold Doctoral Award for scholarship in ethics provides support to doctoral students (PhD and DPN) who are developing a dissertation or capstone project focused on ethics.  Possible foci are issues of discrimination in health care, care of vulnerable populations, ethical problems in clinical practice, nursing leadership in hospital ethics committees, and methods for teaching nursing ethics. Selection of award recipients will be made by current nursing ethics faculty and as customary will be approved by the Dean of the School of Nursing.

The amount available for 2017-2018 is $2,500 (but may be more based on scientific merit) with multiple scholarships available and can be used by PhD or DNP students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing doing research involving nursing ethics.  Funding will cover research that is conducted starting September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Monday, July 17, 2017.  Notification of the award will be made by mail and funding will start September 1, 2017. The honoree will be formally recognized at the Scholarship & Awards Luncheon.

Swigart/Gold Doctoral Award Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines

* Research Award packets will only be accepted electronically as a single PDF file.

Please submit your proposal to:

Margaret E. Wilkes Scholarship Fund Award Application Committee
C/o Kathleen Kennedy
Center for Research and Evaluation
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street, Room 360
Pittsburgh, PA  15261
Telephone:  412-624-4854
Fax:  412-624-1201
E-mail:  kke100@pitt.edu