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Research 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 R01submission to NIH. When preparing applications, proper consideration should be given to the existing environment when designing the project (e.g., social distancing with COVID-19 with potentially no access to clinical agencies).

The maximum award for FY 2020-2021 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, 2021 through December 31, 2021. NO COST EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.  It is anticipated that a maximum of 4 awards will be made, with two targeted at big data research.

Letters of intent (LOI) are due 4pm ET, Monday, August 24, 2020. The LOI must include a 300 word abstract describing the proposed project, a listing of key project personnel (Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators) and their contact information (campus address, email address), and two possible reviewers, external to the School of Nursing and have history of being externally funded, and their contact information (campus address, email address).

Deadline for submission of the application is 4pm ET, Monday, September 28, 2020.  Notification of the award will be made by email.

CRE Pilot Program Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines 

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 2021, this endowment has made possible a clinical research grant to be $29,380.

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 6, 2020.  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 (Closed)

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.   

The maximum amount available for 2020-2021 is $5,758 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, 2020 through August 31, 2021.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm Eastern, Monday, July 6, 2020.  Notification of the award will be made by mail.

Leslie A. Hoffman Endowed Research Award Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines (Closed)

* 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 maximum amount available for 2020-21 is $1,701 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, 2020 through August 31, 2021 

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Monday, June 1, 2020. 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

Submission Guidelines and Award Checklist (Closed)

* 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 maximum amount available for 2020-21 is $1,700 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, 2020 through August 31, 2021.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Monday, June 1, 2020. 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

Submission Guidelines and Award Checklist (Closed)

* 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 maximum amount available for 2020-21 is $599 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, 2020 through August 2021.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Monday, June 1, 2020. 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 Newmeyer-Thompson Doctoral Student Guidelines

Submission Guidelines and Award Checklist (Closed)

* 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 estimated maximum amount available for 2020-21 is $1,726 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, 2020 through August 2021.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Monday, June 1, 2020. 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 Jayne F. Wiggins Memorial Guidelines

Submission Guidelines and Award Checklist (Closed)

* 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 maximum amount available for 2020-2021 is $15,852 that can be used to pursue their PhD in the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.  Funding will cover expenses starting July 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021.  The applicant must demonstrate financial need at the time of submission.  Cindy Henderson (hendersn@pitt.edu, 412-624-2406) in Student Affairs and Alumni Relations can provide assistance with completing the necessary forms.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Monday June 1, 2020. 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

Submission Guidelines and Award Checklist (Closed)

* 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 Nursing Ethics provides support to PhD students who are developing a dissertation focused on ethics-related topics.  Possible foci are issues of discrimination in health care, ethical problems in clinical practice, care of vulnerable populations, palliative care, death and dying, quality of life, issues of human or women’s rights, 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 FY 2020-2021 is $2,500 and can be used by PhD students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing doing research involving issues related to nursing ethics.  Funding will cover research that is conducted starting September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021.   

Deadline for submission is 4:00 pm EST, Monday, July 6, 2020.  Notification of the award will be made by mail and funding will start September 1, 2020. The honoree will be formally recognized at the Scholarship & Awards Luncheon in the fall.

Swigart/Gold Doctoral Award Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines (Closed)

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

Please submit your proposal to:

Swigart/Gold 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


Education Opportunities

Distinguished Clinical Scholar Award

The Distinguished Clinical Scholar Award (DCS) is an annual award that recognizes one (non-tenure) faculty member from the School of Nursing who demonstrates the attributes of a Distinguished Clinical Scholar and proposes an exemplary project to improve clinical education and practice. Proposals should describe a sustainable project that positively impacts student education. Substantial monies are available to support the research project, primary investigator and other consultants as well as monies for travel.

Deadline for application submission is May 1, 2020 at 5pm.  The Scholar award will run 7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021. For an application or to submit an application please contact Sonia Schmeltzer sos56@pitt.edu. Additional questions can be directed to the Faculty Practice Chair (Beth) at ecrago@pitt.edu

Distinguished Clinical Scholar Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines (closed)


Jane Eleanor Knox Educator Award

The Jane Eleanor Knox Educator Award recognizes excellence in teaching by awarding a full-time faculty member whose primary responsibility is undergraduate teaching, $4,000 in support of a scholarly clinical teaching project that answers questions about: What works and why? What is? What will? 

Acceptable proposals could include:

  • Deliberate research into how students learn,
  • An evaluation of a program or the activities of a program
  • The application of research to guide teaching practices,
  • Development of new teaching methods, assessments, materials or technologies.

Email applications as a PDF on or before 4:00 pm EST by March 8, 2020.  Notification will be made by April 13, 2020. This award will begin on July 1, 2020 and the study is expected to be completed within one year.

Jane Eleanor Knox Educator Award Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines (Closed)

Please submit your proposal to:

Jane Eleanor Knox 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
Cc. washburn@pitt.edu - Carol Washburn


Teaching as Research

The Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education invites applications from full time faculty for two grants up to $2,250 to support a Teaching as Research project, also known as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

SoTL is inquiry that is deliberate, systematic, and reflective work contributing to the knowledge of how students learn and the best practices fostering that learning and development.  The results of the research should be publishable and made available for critique and peer review.

Teaching as Research Awards can be used towards merit in your annual review.

Application Deadline:  March 17, 2020

To submit an application, complete the application form and return to Kathleen Kennedy (kke100@pitt.edu) on or before 5 pm March 17, 2020.  Notification will be made by April 17, 2020.  For further questions, contact Carol Washburn (washburn@pitt.edu).

Application (closed)

Submit your application to:

Teaching as Research
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
Cc. washburn@pitt.edu - Carol Washburn