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Research Expectations and FAQs
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Research Program

Current Grant Opportunities

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Expectations of Research Recipients

  • Maintain AWHONN membership during funding period.
  • Attend scheduled orientation and conference calls for new grant recipients (generally July and following January after award granted) and submit progress reports.
  • Complete the study within a 1-year timeframe and submit final report.  
  • Provide budget updates at 6-months and one-year of the funding period.
  • Travel to the AWHONN Annual Convention the year granted to receive award. 
    Note:  Grant funding does not cover registration, travel or lodging expenses related to the convention.
  • Present study findings two years after awarded at the AWHONN Annual Convention during the AWHONN Research Symposium designated session.
  • Submit a manuscript of the awarded proposal within 18 months from conclusion of the study to the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, Neonatal Nursing or other appropriate scientific or technical peer-reviewed journal.
  • Acknowledge AWHONN and corporate funders in all presentations, papers, and published materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can apply for an AWHONN research grant?
A. Individual AWHONN members can apply for a research grant (we do not award to groups or institutions). The Principal Investigator's membership must be current at the time of proposal submission and funding selection. If awarded, the PI's membership must remain current through the funding period.

Q. How can I submit my application and required documents?
A. Applicants must complete the 2019 Research Grant Application using the online form. It is advised and highly encouraged that applicants gather their documents first then begin the online application. Refer to the Proposal Submission Guidelines on what is required. Applicants are to submit one (1) application. Applicants will receive an auto-reply email upon submission. Incomplete entries are not saved and applications will not be accepted by mail, fax or email.


Q. Are the AWHONN grants available to international researchers?
A. No, the AWHONN grants are only available to AWHONN members who are living and conducting their research within the United States.


Q.  What makes an AWHONN member ineligible for applying for a research grant?
A.  If the member is the Principal Investigator of a federally funded research/resource grant, program project, trans-NIH program, cooperative agreement OR has been awarded an AWHONN research grant in the past 5 years, he/she is ineligible to receive grant funds.

This does not include if you are the recipient of a National Institute of Health Training Grant (T or F series), but you must disclose that information on your application.


Q. I previously received an AWHONN Research Grant. Can I apply for another research grant?
A. If previously awarded by AWHONN, there must be a 5 year period before receiving grant funds again.


Q. Why is salary support listed on the budget sheet?
A. The salary is meant to support a research or graduate assistant or other support staff. No Principal or Sub-Investigators may use the grant funds for salary.


Q. Do I have to list other sources of funding for the proposal I am submitting?
A. Yes. In the budget, please list your requested budget from AWHONN and your requested funds from all other sources (this includes if you already have funding for your proposal).  


Q. Does AWHONN allow grant funds to be used for indirect costs, tuition, computer hardware/printers, or attending the annual convention?
A.  No. AWHONN does not cover the above items. However, electronic devices and computer software necessary to carry out the proposed research will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  The Principal Investigator must clearly demonstrate the need and usage of such items for the research project. Additionally, AWHONN will not be responsible for costs associated with electronic device or computer software updates or upgrades. 


Q. Is the Principal Investigator required to have a Doctorate Degree?
A.  No. The Principal Investigator is not required to have a Doctorate Degree. For the Novice Researcher Award, the Principal Investigator must have a minimum of a Master's degree or have current enrollment in a Master's program where they are completing a thesis or clinical research project.     


Q. Does AWHONN consider grant applications for projects already in progress?
A. Yes. Research studies already begun are considered, unless they are federally funded. It must be clearly stated in the budget and abstract/narrative that the proposal submitted is in progress.


Q.  Does the IRB application need to be approved or exempt by the proposal submission due date (December 3, 2018)?
A.  No. An email or letter from the IRB committee must be submitted with your application that states your IRB application has been submitted for approval or exemption by December 3, 2018. The final IRB approval or exemption letter must be received by AWHONN no later than March 29, 2019 at 5 pm Eastern Time.


Q. Why does IRB need to be final before grant awards are finalized?

A. AWHONN is responsible for ensuring that the selected recipients will carry out the research proposal as outlined in the application. Therefore, all aspects of the project must be finalized - including IRB approval or exemption, by March 29, 2019 at 5pm Eastern Time


Q. How are grant recipients selected?
A.  Each grant proposal that meets submission criteria is reviewed by 3 research experts after the due date. They are members of the Research Advisory Panel who then determine the final grant recipients after the final IRB due date. 

Current Grant Opportunities

Proposal Submission Guidelines

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