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Nursing Research Grant

Important Notes

Applicants are strongly advised to read the instructions and eligibility criteria listed below before starting an application.
Letters of Intent (LOI) are available on the Foundant Technologies Website.
Invitations to submit a full application will be sent in October 2020. You must be invited to submit a full application.


Anticipated Timeline

June 1, 2020 Letter of Intent Period Opens
September 8, 2020 Deadline for Letter of Intent due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time
October 2020 Invitation from Scientific Advisory Committee for Full Applications
December 1, 2020 Full Application Deadline due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time
January 2021 Grantee Notification
February 2021 Grant Start Date


ATS Nursing Research Grant

2 grants available
$45,000 for 1 year
Target audience:
Licensed registered nurses with a PhD interested in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine

The focus of these research grants is proposals that have a high likelihood to advance the understanding of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep with the goal of preventing these conditions and improving patient outcomes. Applicants may request up to $45,000 for one year for salaries, supplies, other justifiable costs, or a combination of these. Indirect costs will not be paid to the sponsoring institution. Presentation by the researcher is expected at an ATS International Conference within two years of completion.
Award-specific eligibility:
  • Applicants must be licensed registered nurses
  • Applicants must have received a PhD by August 1, 2020
  • Applicants must hold a faculty position, postdoctoral fellowship, or provide a letter from their institution offering a faculty position or postdoctoral fellowship at the time of application
  • Applicants must not be more than 12 years beyond their terminal degree
  • At least one of the key personnel must be an ATS member at the time of application
  • The principal investigator must be a full ATS member at the time the grant is awarded
  • Applicants must not have received any non-mentored awards/grants greater than or equal to $100,000 per year for at least 2 years


Instructions for Applying

Please follow the letter of intent instructions for all grants.

Application forms are available on the Foundant Technologies Website.

Review Process

Please note that after you submit your application it will be reviewed by Research Program staff. If there are any problems or if these guidelines have not been followed, your proposal will be un-submitted. Please make sure that you check your email after you submit your application so that any outstanding issues may be addressed as quickly as possible.

The ATS Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) will review the applications in July 2020. The membership of the SAC is listed on the ATS Website and additional ad hoc reviewers will be invited to participate as needed. Funding decisions will be made on the basis of scientific merit, novelty, and responsiveness to the purpose of the specific grant program.

ATS Policy on Additional Grant Funding

Simultaneous submission of grants with scientific overlap is allowed, but if multiple applications are funded, then the applicant must notify the Research Program within one month of formal notification of award. A subcommittee of the SAC will assess the degree of overlap. In the case of significant scientific overlap, the applicant will have to choose between the ATS Foundation research grant and the other grant. Budgetary overlap is not allowed.

If your question is not answered in the FAQ, contact the ATS Research Program at

The American Thoracic Society improves global health by advancing research, patient care, and public health in pulmonary disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders. Founded in 1905 to combat TB, the ATS has grown to tackle asthma, COPD, lung cancer, sepsis, acute respiratory distress, and sleep apnea, among other diseases.

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