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Research Grants

AWHONN's commitment to nursing research and scholarship is reflected in our 20-year history of funding nursing research and promoting evidence-based nursing care.  Our program is designed primarily for researchers whose efforts are on the beginning developments of a program of research.  Awards are granted to researchers whose proposals investigate variables relevant to women's health, obstetric, or neonatal nursing.  Studies that are clinically focused and outcome based are a priority.  Projects that focus on the nurse's role in delivering cost-effective care in these subspecialties are encouraged and will also be considered.

Corporate funders and charitable contributions to Every Woman, Every Baby from AWHONN members have totaled more than $375,000, distributed to our researchers.  We are grateful to those who support AWHONN's research priorities and recognize the value of expanding nursing research.  Past and current funders include: Hill-Rom, March of Dimes, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett-Packard, and Wyeth-Ayerst. 

AWHONN grant recipients have excelled in their careers and have many accomplishments such as becoming deans and professors in schools of Nursing, Fulbright Scholars, Chief Nursing Officers and Directors of Nursing in hospital systems, Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialists, and renowned authors.  The results from recipients' research are shared at the AWHONN annual convention and the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing.

Researcher Expectations and FAQs
Proposal Submission Guidelines
AWHONN Research Recipients
Recipient Testimonials

Available Grants

Hill-Rom, Celeste Phillips Family-Centered Maternity Care Award


This award honors Celeste R. Phillips, EdD, RN, an internationally recognized leader and expert in the concept of Family-Centered Maternity Care.  Celeste is passionate about her philosophy that the childbearing process belongs with the family.

She worked extensively with Loel Fenwick, MD, designer of the first American birthing bed and creator of the Single-Room Maternity Care Concept, to introduce that concept to hospitals and physicians throughout the United States. Celeste is a prominent, renowned figure in the maternity care community and continues to make great strides to improve health care for women and their families.

2013 Recipient: Mary Dawn Hennessy, PhD, RN, CNM
Biography & Abstract

March of Dimes Margaret Comerford Freda "Saving Babies, Together"Award

The March of Dimes Margaret Comerford Freda "Saving Babies, Together" Award is provided to an experienced investigator whose research reflects the common commitment of the March of Dimes and AWHONN to prevention of prematurity and infant mortality, and the treatment of negative consequences of premature birth.  This award encourages nursing research that will contribute to clinical practices that prevent prematurity and improve the health and quality of life for premature newborns.  The award is named for long-time AWHONN member and nurse researcher, Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda.

2013 Recipient: Susan W. Groth, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAANP
Biography & Abstract

March of Dimes Comerford Freda "Saving Babies, Together"Award

2013 Recipient: Cheryl Anderson, PhD, RN, CNS
Biography & Abstract

AWHONN Novice Researcher Award

AWHONN has offered a research grant funding a novice researcher each year since 2006.  The donations are from generous contributions by members to Every Woman, Every Baby. This award assists new researchers to begin a project, launch a pilot study, or investigate clinical issues.    

The following criteria must be met for the Novice Researcher Award, in addition to the requirements listed in the proposal submission guidelines:

  1. The Principal Investigator can have received no more than a cumulative total of $10,000 of previous funding from other sources.
  2. The Principal Investigator must have a minimum of a Master's degree or be currently enrolled in a Master's program where they are completing a thesis or clinical research project.
  3. A senior researcher must be identified to serve as a mentor.  A letter of support from this mentor must be in the Principal Investigator's proposal submission.  The letter should describe this mentor's role in implementation of the project.

2013 Recipient: Shannon Gillespie, MS, RN, Doctoral Candidate
Biography & Abstract

Researcher Expectations and FAQs
Proposal Submission Guidelines


Email - Research Programs
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