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About the Foundation

Established in 1981, the AANA Foundation is a charitable organization devoted to anesthesia research, education, and development. The Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology. The Foundation funds scholarships, doctoral fellowships, post-doctoral fellowships, research grants, and oral "State of the Science" poster sessions, as well as coordinates general poster sessions and the doctoral mentorship program. Philanthropist of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Researcher of the Year, and Humanitarian of the Year Awards are presented annually by the AANA Foundation.  

Core Values

Knowledge, integrity, excellence, scientific inquiry, stewardship, diversity equity and inclusion.

The Foundation provides financial support to CRNAs and SRNAs through a variety of initiatives and events in addition to offering workshops attended by hundreds of individuals. Over the course of its history, the Foundation has awarded more than $4.2 million to more than 3,800 individuals as detailed below. 

  • 1,195 scholarships totaling more than $1,956,000 to support nurse anesthesia
  • 189 fellowships totaling $1,316,000 to assist CRNA students pursuing their PhD and DNP degrees and post-doctoral work
  • 193 research grants to CRNAs totaling more than $830,000
  • 46 student research grants totaling more than $49,000
  • 2,208 poster presentations at AANA Annual Congresses totaling $168,000
In addition, since 2017, over $1.3M has been allocated to 10 Health Policy Research Studies for total funding of more than $5.7 million.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Values Statement

The AANA Foundation is an organization focused on research and education. As such, the AANA Foundation values the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work while excluding and rejecting bias. Addressing bias and inequities for CRNAs, SRNAs, and our patients is critical for improved health and wellness for all.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vision Statement 

The AANA Foundation envisions a continuous integration of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout its nurse anesthesia education and research programs. The Foundation will create opportunity for all through scholarships, leadership, research, professional development, and philanthropic efforts with the intention to expand knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion within the nurse anesthesia community.

Research Agenda

One of the goals of the AANA Foundation is to support new and seasoned investigators in nurse anesthesia through grants, fellowships and post doctoral fellowships. Programs are designed to develop researchers in nurse anesthesia. The AANA Foundation sets a broad range of research objectives that includes the following areas:  

Health Policy Research

The AANA Foundation convened an HSR Ad Hoc Committee (HSR-AHC), which comprised 8 total members (2 representatives for each affiliate:  AANA, AANA Foundation, COA, and NBCRNA). Each member was asked to identify 2-3 health policy research questions that addressed policy, education, or practice. 

To learn more about the HPR agenda, development and methodology, and download the 24 questions by domain please visit the Health Services Research Agenda page. Review the top 6 ranked research topics.

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Why Your Support is Needed

Your donation will assist with:
  • High profile, critical research focused on:
    • Best anesthesia practice
    • Nurse anesthesia scope of practice
    • Anesthesia quality
    • Cost of effectiveness
    • Malpractice closed claims
  • Fellowships and Post-Doctoral Fellowships
  • Student Scholarships
  • General grants
  • Oral poster presentations
  • Workshops
  • CRNA recognition 

AANA Foundation 
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Park Ridge IL 60068

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