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Future of Nursing Scholars

Grants to USA IHEs to Provide Leadership
and Mentoring Training Programs for Future Nurses

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/15/16 3:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants of $75,000 over three years to USA higher education institutions with research-focused Ph.D. programs. The goal of the program is to mentor and provide leadership training to future nursing scholars. There will be an informational webinar on August 12. Funding is intended to advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to the nursing and health care field.

After receiving the award, selected schools will then choose the Ph.D. students to be designated as Future Nursing Scholars.

Scholars will:

- Receive high-level mentoring from two key mentors - a primary nursing mentor and a secondary mentor outside of nursing - as well as from a broad network of national leaders in education, policy, innovation, health care, and their individual research or scholarship areas.

- Become part of a national network of nursing scholars from this program, fellows from other RWJF programs, and other scholar programs across the country.

- Be eligible to apply for a competitive $50,000 post-doctoral award, administered by the national program office, if they plan to assume a faculty position.

For the 2017 cohort, the program will support up to 75 scholars across the selected schools. Each scholar will receive $75,000 to be used over the three years of the program. This award must be matched by $50,000 in support from the school (which may be in-kind).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141452

Number of Grants:

75 scholars

Estimated Size of Grant:

$75,000 over three years.

Term of Contract:

Funding is available over three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

Schools with research-focused Ph.D. programs in nursing are eligible to apply for the program. Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.

Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its Territories.

Individual candidates for receipt of award funds must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents* at the time of award or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

After receiving the award, selected schools will then choose the Ph.D. students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.

The selected schools must agree to contribute a $50,000 match (which may be in-kind) over three years to each student, in addition to the $75,000 provided by the program. Thus students will receive a total of $125,000 to use over the three years of their PhD program for tuition, fees, living expenses, research activities, programmatic activities and other expenses.

In addition to the pre-doctoral support, a one-year competitive post-doctoral award will be available to program alumni who assume a faculty position.

Individual candidates for receipt of award funds cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational conference for schools that are interested is scheduled for August 12, 2016, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET.

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The conference will be recorded and available on the program’s website for those who are unable to participate.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline:
September 15, 2016, 3:00 PM ET: Deadline for receipt of applications.
November 2016: The national advisory committee selects finalist schools.
December 2016: Schools receive notification of awards.
August 2017: Awards begin.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Heather J. Kelley-Thompson, Deputy Director
(215) 898-9836

Direction and Technical Assistance:
Future of Nursing Scholars Program
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
418 Curie Boulevard, Suite 303
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-9836

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