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Research Program

Available Grants

AWHONN provides research grants to its members to help fund research in the areas of childbearing and newborn nursing, diaper dermatitis/infant skin care, and women’s health nursing. AWHONN also provides funds to support a novice researcher in the same areas of interest. Grant funds range from $5,000-$10,000. Novice Researchers are awarded $5,000 for their research and industry-funded recipients are awarded up to $10,000.


Current Research Grant Recipients

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. 


2016 Recipient: Ellise Adams, PhD, CNM

Awarded: $10,000

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.


2016 Recipient: Maryann Bozzette, PhD, RN, CLC

Awarded: $10,000

Biography & Abstract



Kimberly-Clark Nursing Research Award

The Kimberly-Clark Nursing Research Award 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. Preference is given to proposals with skin care as the subject matter. 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. 


2016 Recipient: Jill Demirci, PhD, RN, IBCLC

Awarded: $10,000

Biography & Abstract

2016 AWHONN Novice Researcher Award: Irene Yang, PhD, MSN

Awarded: $5,000

Biography & Abstract


AWHONN Every Woman, Every Baby

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.



Tara Hansen Foundation

The Tara Hansen Foundation was established to honor Tara's life and memory. On March 31, 2011 Tara passed away due to complications from childbirth.  Six days earlier she had given birth to her first child, Brandon Ryan.  As a special education teacher at the West Freehold School in Freehold, NJ she changed lives on a daily basis.  Her profession truly defined the type of person she was. Loving, compassionate and generous, Tara made an impact on everyone she met.  Her smile and positive energy inspired us all to be better. The Tara Hansen Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of maternal health awareness.  The Foundation believes that expecting parents deserve equal education on the risks associated with the mother as well as the child.  The Foundation will continue giving back to the school where she worked.  Most importantly, the work of the Foundation will keep Tara's positive spirit and appreciation for life alive.    

2016 Recipient: Barbara Morrison Wilford, DNP, MBA/HCA, CKC, RN 
Awarded: $10,000
Biography & Abstract 


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