Goals and Guidelines
Patrick was a very inquisitive person by nature. He loved to collect information, and you never knew when or how he would use it constructively in a discussion. (Not to mention the fact that he was a whiz at Trivial Pursuit!) So it is fitting in his memory to support nurses in the clinical application of their own inquisitiveness to benefit patient care.
We are especially grateful for funding of our grant program by GetWellNetwork. This interactive patient care system is an evidence-based platform for patient, family and nurse engagement. GetWellNetwork is dedicated to helping nurses improve both patient satisfaction and outcomes. To that end, they established the Institute for Interactive Patient Care to support research to quantify the impact of patient engagement on quality and safety. GetWellNetwork's commitment to nurses, patient care and research makes it a natural sponsor of our work.
For the Foundation: Funding research and evidence-based practice projects links our yearning to impact treatment of patients with auto-immune diseases and cancer and our passion for the compassionate work nurses do in medical facilities all over the world.
For Nurses: This program provides support for nurses who
- Continually evaluate their practice
- Seek answers to clinical questions in an effort to improve their practice
- Change their practice based on evidence and evaluation of that change
For Patients With Auto-Immune Diseases and Cancer: Nurses will improve care outcomes as a result of their findings!
- To be eligible, the principal investigator of the study must be a registered nurse with a current license
- Research must impact patients or family members of patients with an auto-immune disease or cancer. While we recognize the vital importance of caring for nurses in improving outcomes for patients, our grants are exclusively for studies or evidence-based practice projects that directly benefit patients and/or their families.
- It is imperative that nurse clinicians play a meaningful role in your study or project in its conceptualization, data collection, analysis, and/or reporting. You will be asked to describe the role of staff nurses both in your letter of intent and application to ensure that this program is enhancing the research/EBP knowledge and experience of nurse clinicians.
- Studies that will potentially benefit patients both within and outside of your institution will receive priority.
- Applicants should be ready to implement their projects immediately following funding from The DAISY Foundation.
- Only projects approved by your IRB or which have been exempted in writing by your IRB will be considered. A copy of your IRB approval will be required prior to our funding your grant. (You may, however, apply for a grant while IRB approval is pending.)
- Funds may be used only for direct expenses, including:
- Printed materials for study
- Small equipment
- Supplies (including software, but excluding laptop computers and tablets such as iPads)
- Subject compensation to participate in the study
- Consultant fees up to $500, if justified
- Funds may not be used for salaries or institutional overhead, research assistant compensation, IRB review costs
- Studies and projects should plan to be completed within one year of starting the work.
- Checks will only be written to your institution or a specified fund at your institution, not to an individual investigator.
Two types of grants are available, as described below.
Evidence-based Practice Grants (up to $2,000)
These will be awarded to stimulate the use of patient-focused data and/or previously generated research findings to develop, implement and evaluate changes in nursing practice in treatment of patients with cancer and auto-immune diseases. We encourage nurses who have research/EBP experience as well as those who do not to apply.
Funds for Evidence-Based Practice projects may be awarded for new projects, projects in progress, and projects required for an academic degree as long as all other project criteria are met. Eligible projects may include research utilization projects, continuous quality improvement projects, performance improvement initiatives, or outcomes evaluation projects. Interdisciplinary and collaborative projects are encouraged and may involve interdisciplinary teams, multiple nursing units, home health, sub-acute and transitional care, other institutions or community agencies. Clinical nurses must play an integral role in project work.
The Project Leader/Team Leader must be a nurse who is currently employed or formally affiliated with a clinical setting with direct patient care involvement.
A Project Mentor is strongly recommended for each grant application. We encourage Applicants to find a Mentor in your own institution, nearby school of nursing, or community. If you desire a Mentor and are unable to find one, The DAISY Foundation will provide time-limited mentor support.
Mentors will provide the following benefits which will be especially helpful for less experienced Applicants:
- Help potential DAISY Grant Applicants become familiar with resources and problem-solve grant issues or concerns
- Advise and refer Applicants to appropriate internal and external resources
- Establish availability by phone or email to Applicants
- Review grant application and provide feedback/guidance as needed
Your Mentor should be an established Advanced Practice Nurse who provides support in the development and submission of an evidence-based practice grant. Mentors will assist Applicants in the development of the grant application, serving as a coach and advisor to the Mentee throughout the project.
Research Grants (up to $5,000)
The Research Grant provides awards to qualified nurses carrying out clinical research studies that directly benefit patients and/or families involving treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases.
The Principal Investigator (PI) must be a nurse currently employed or formally affiliated with a clinical setting with direct patient care involvement. Funds may be awarded for new projects, projects in progress, and projects required for an academic degree as long as all other project criteria are met.
We encourage you to identify a Mentor, especially if you are less experienced in applying for a research grant. If you desire a Mentor and are unable to find one, The DAISY Foundation will provide time-limited mentor support.
With both EBP and Research grants, we will fund only direct expenses. We will not pay for institution overhead, fees to institutional review boards, Applicants’ time, etc.
There will be two application cycles, so you may choose to follow either of the following timelines. Click here for detailed timelines.
Lynne Doll Grants for the Dissemination of Findings - For Successful J. Patrick Barnes Research/Evidence-Based Practice Grantees (up to $2,000)
The DAISY Foundation will help successful Grantees whose work we fund share the results of their findings with other nurses and institutions.
Once funded EBP projects and Research studies are completed, Grantees may apply for subsequent funding to present findings at professional conferences. These subsequent grants will provide up to $2,000 for
- Fees to present at a professional conference
- Travel expenses to the conference
- Poster production
Funds will only be provided to Grantees whose projects have been approved for presentation by a professional conference. A separate application will be provided to Grantees to submit for this funding. Click here for application.
This program is named in memory of DAISY Board member, Lynne Doll, who championed our research program and dedicated her professional public relations expertise to ensuring that nurses knew of the availability of funding for their work. Lynne was a strong proponent of ensuring that great work be shared, so we lovingly name these grants in her honor.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND PACKAGE
All application materials will be submitted on-line through this website. Each Applicant will be required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to the full grant proposal. The DAISY Foundation’s Grant Panel will review the Letters of Intent to ensure they follow our essential grant guidelines:
- The study will be nurse-led
- It is designed to directly benefit patient (or family) care
- The work impacts patients with cancer and auto-immune diseases
- Clinical nurses will play a meaningful role
Applicants will be informed whether or not they should proceed to a full application. If the Grant Panel has any questions about your study or evidence-based practice project, we will contact you for clarification.
All materials will be provided to The DAISY Foundation electronically through this website. Should you have any questions or problems completing the forms, please email bonniebarnes@DAISYfoundation.org.
Once your Letter of Intent is approved, applicants will complete the application form, either for a research study or for an evidence-based practice project.
You will upload supporting documents such as timeline, budget, tools, consent form, IRB application (if submitted), applicants' CV or resume, etc..
A signed Letter of Agreement is required for your grant application to be considered. A copy of this Letter of Agreement follows the Fact Sheet and Proposal forms on this site. Please copy and paste it onto your institution’s letterhead, complete and sign it. Then, scan it into your computer, and upload it with your application materials. Only applications with this signed Letter of Agreement will be considered complete and ready for consideration by the Grant Panel. Please note that your Chief Nursing Officer's signature is also required on this agreement, indicating her/his support for your work and attesting to the fact that clinical nurses will participate in the study.
You do not need to have approval of your Institutional Review Board prior to applying for a grant. However, proof of your IRB’s approval is needed prior to The DAISY Foundation’s actually funding your project. If a project is exempt from IRB approval, proof of that exemption is required.
IF YOUR GRANT IS FUNDED...
Interim and Final Reports
At the half-way point and at the conclusion of your study or evidence-based practice project (as described above), we will require a report from our Grantees. To review the outlines for these reports, please click on the following:
PUBLISHING YOUR WORK
If you receive funding from us, please recognize The DAISY Foundation upon publication/presentation of your research in the following way:
Funding provided by The DAISY Foundation’s J. Patrick Barnes Grant for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects
A DAISY Foundation logo will be provided for your use.
We will post the findings of your study on our web site and will discuss with you the specifics prior to our doing so.
Importantly, we require all Grantees to submit their work to Sigma Theta Tau International's Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library.
IF AN INVESTIGATOR LEAVES THE INSTITUTION
The DAISY Foundation must be notified by email (bonniebarnes@DAISYfoundation.org) should any member of the research team leave the institution.
IF A PROJECT CANNOT BE COMPLETED
If a project funded by The DAISY Foundation cannot be completed for any reason, the Foundation must be informed immediately and unspent funds must be returned to the Foundation.