External Opportunities and Research News 

AANA ResearchFrom time to time the Research Department identifies training opportunities, funding opportunities and research announcements from external organizations that CRNAs may find pertinent. Timely information is added to this site on an ongoing basis as appropriate.


External Funding Opportunities

AHRQ Seeks Applications for Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance Projects

AHRQ has funding available for large research projects in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and efforts for combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria (CARB). The application deadline for both of these funding opportunities is Feb. 5, 2018. These funding opportunities are open to researchers who focus on health care settings including long-term care, ambulatory care, acute care hospitals and transitions between care settings. Companion funding opportunities are also available for demonstration and dissemination projects for both HAI and CARB. The deadline for these applications is Jan. 25, 2018. Access additional details about the funding opportunities and AHRQ's HAI program.

Duke University POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM in Health Services Research

Join Duke's experienced investigators for a unique one- to two-year postdoctoral training program focused on health services research relevant to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). Postdoctoral appointment is for one year with potential for a second year. Stipends are provided for the fellowship. Read the announcement. For more information about this opportunity visit the Duke University School of Nursing Postdoc website to access the application form and possible research topics. 

Jonas Scholars Program

The Jonas Center is committed to support improved healthcare for this population. Launched in 2011, the Jonas Center supports the doctoral level-training (PhD and DNP) of nurses who are focused on veteran-specific healthcare needs, ranging from clinical to policy to administration to education, to help ensure our veterans are receiving the best possible care. Learn more about the Jonas Scholars Program and grants.

Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety 

The Department of Veteran Affairs is offering an Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety. The purpose of the Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety is to develop leaders with the vision, knowledge, and skills to lead patient safety and clinical simulation initiatives in individual health care facilities and who will assume regional and national roles in patient safety and clinical simulation training. Applications are accepted year-round. For additional information see the VA’s fellowship website.

Anesthesia Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP)

The Anesthesia Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP) Committee will be accepting proposals. Funding is available to support proposed studies for their duration as it pertains to adequate neuromuscular blockade and neuromuscular recovery. For more information please visit the Anesthesia Merck Investigator Studies Program.

Covidien Investigator Sponsored Research (ISR) 

Covidien provides support in the form of product, funding and/or technical input for research projects developed and conducted by independent investigators. Covidien will evaluate each Investigator Sponsored Research (ISR) submission for scientific merit and its clinical evidence impact. Go to Investigator Sponsored Research at Covidien and learn about what types of research are supported.   

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding Cycle Announcement 

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is authorized by Congress to fund and disseminate research that will provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their healthcare providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment, and care options available, and the science that supports those options. The PCORI funding center contains all of the resources applicants need to respond to current PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) based on PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda. You can submit research applications through the PCORI Online Portal.  

NIH Pain Consortium

The NIH Pain Consortium was established to enhance pain research and promote collaboration among researchers. The consortium supports initiatives, the development of research resources and tools, hosts events, and highlights funding opportunities. The NIH Pain Consortium updates their funding opportunity announcements (FOA) on a continual basis. To learn more about these funding opportunities, please go to Nursing Explorer.

Scholarship Opportunities for Nursing Students

Nursing Explorer offers a searchable scholarship database created specifically for nursing students. The scholarships listed on this site are provided by nursing associations, educational institutions, foundations, for-profit/non-profit organizations, etc. Nursing Explorer deems some of these scholarships to be relatively non-competitive scholarships compared to general/non-major specific scholarships. See a list of nursing scholarships geared toward students.

External Training Opportunities

Elsevier Publishing Campus: 10 tips for writing a truly terrible journal article
1 March at 2-3 pm GMT / 3-4 pm CET / 9-10 am EST
Elsevier Publishing Campus will present a webinar on scientific manuscript writing. If you want to avoid some of the major mistakes preparing and submitting your manuscript to a scientific journal then this webinar is for you! Learning how not to write an article is as important as learning how to write it. In this webinar Bert Blocken highlights 10 tips of what to avoid when writing your article. What to avoid includes taking the lazy route of plagiarism, overestimating your contribution and ignoring comments from editors and reviewers. Many of these “tips to avoid” may appear obvious but are pitfalls that even the most seasoned of authors can fall into. The webinar will demonstrate how a poorly written article can ruin the career of a researcher. You must login to Elsevier to register for the webinar. This webinar will be accessible for viewing after the live date.

NIH NEWS: Ten Steps to a Winning R01 Application 

For your R01 application to succeed, it must meld a highly significant and innovative topic with iron-clad feasibility. NIH calls that combination "impact"—which is reflected in an application's peer review results: its overall impact score. For an R01 application to succeed in peer review, you must convince reviewers that your team is able to complete your proposed research. You’ll need to convince them to be your advocates, so develop your application with a strategy to get their support. To learn more about this article go to the Ten Steps to a Winning R01 Application series. 

Research News

Nurses’ Health Study now recruiting new participants  

The Nurses’ Health Study is a landmark study that started in 1976 and expanded in 1989 and has more than 250,000 nurse participants. The Nurses’ Health Studies have led to many important insights on health and well-being, including cancer prevention, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. For the first time researchers are recruiting both men and women to participate in this study. APRNs, RNs, LPNs, and nursing students between the ages of 19 and 46 who live in the US or Canada are eligible to join the study. In order to make participation as convenient as possible for busy nurses, participants can join online and complete the study’s surveys through a secure website. 
National Institute of Health supports use of single IRBs for multi-site clinical research studies 

The research landscape has evolved, and many clinical research studies are carried out at multiple sites and within large networks. Therefore, the NIH has developed a draft policy to promote the use of single institutional review boards or IRBs in multi-site clinical research studies. The NIH policy proposes that all NIH-funded multi-site studies carried out in the U.S., whether supported through grants, contracts, or the NIH intramural program, should use a single IRB. See the full draft policy.

Federal Pain Research Database Launched

On May 27, 2014 the National Institute of Health announced the launch of the Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP) database. The IPRP database provides information on pain research and training activities supported by the Federal Government. The participating agencies – AHRQ, CDC, DoD, FDA, NIH, and VA – are represented on the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), a Federal advisory committee to enhance pain research efforts and promote collaboration across the government. The IPRP database is managed by the Office of Pain Policy, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, under the auspices of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee. The grants in the Federal pain research portfolio were classified using a multi-tiered system (i.e., primary and secondary tiers) of scientifically relevant topic areas into which more than 1200 federally funded research projects were categorized. Tier 1 grants were designated as basic, translational, or clinical. Grants then were coded into 29 scientific topic categories (Tier 2). Following this classification, the Tier 2 categories were organized into 9 overarching themes based on similarity of topic. To learn more about the definitions and categories of multi-tiered system please go to the IPRP Ontology website. Learn more about the database and access here.

HRSA Needs Grant Reviewers

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – Office of Federal Assistance Management (OFAM) - Division of Independent Review is currently seeking volunteers, especially those of diverse background, to sign up to be a part of a pool to serve as a Grant Reviewer for HRSA programs. Specifically, the HRSA-Bureau of Health Professions - Division of Nursing is recruiting for quality nursing professionals to serve as Grant Reviewers and encourage you to submit your information in the new peer-Reviewer Recruitment Module. Grant reviewers fill a vital niche by performing a service for the agency. Additionally, reviewers also gain valuable insights into what makes for a successful application. Volunteers sign up to become part of a pool, from which they are contacted to review grant proposals that come within their expertise.  

New Information From NIH/AHRQ Concerning Grant Resubmissions

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced on April 17, 2014 an important change in policy on application resubmissions for research grants, effective immediately. For applications due after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new application to any previously reviewed submission when accepting an application for review.
Details regarding this policy update can be found among the following links below.

Call for Abstracts

Academy Health-2018 Call for Abstracts

Academy Health, the premier forum for health services research is currently accepting abstract submissions for the 2018 Annual Research Meeting (ARM) until Thursday, January 11 at 5:00 p.m ET.  Abstracts are organized around 21 themes and six submission types. All individual abstracts and research panel submissions undergo blind peer review.  To learn more about how to submit an abstract for the 2018 ARM held on June 24-26, in Seattle, Washington, visit the 2018 ARM – Call for Abstracts