Since 1967, the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) has provided leadership, professional development, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy for health care nationwide. The mission of the AONE Foundation is to shape health care through research and education that advances innovative and expert nursing leadership. Celebrating AONE’s 50th year in 2017, the AONE Foundation is proud to announce its continued commitment to support nursing leadership research with this new request for proposals.


The AONE Foundation is committed to studying the unique role of the nurse leader and his/her influence on the health care delivery environment as it impacts patient and family outcomes, physicians and the interprofessional team, and most importantly nursing staff recruitment, retention, and development of future nurse leaders across the continuum of care. Of particular interest to the AONE Foundation are research studies that explore one of the following areas of inquiry:

  • Substantiating the Value of Academic-Practice Partnerships in Nursing Leadership
  • Examining the Impact of Nursing Leadership on Emerging Models of Care Related to Population and Community Health
  • Understanding the Impact of Nursing Leadership on Achieving the IHI Quadruple Aim in the Design and Implementation of Care Delivery and Population Health Models Across the Care Continuum
  • Demonstrating the Value and Influence of AONE Education and Training Programs on Individual Nurse Leaders and Their Organizations
  • Developing Evidence-Based Approaches for Nursing Leadership Training and Succession Planning

Grant Detail

Grant available: One, or more, based on submission received

Available funds: Up to $50,000 will be awarded, in total

  • 1Nov
    Deadline for Submissions
  • 1Dec
    Award Notification
  • 15Dec 2017
    Grant Announcement
  • 31Dec 2017
    Funding Starts
  • 31Dec 2019
    Funding Ends

Eligibility Criteria

  • Principal investigators must be licensed registered nurses with a current license and fall into one of the following categories:
  • Beginning nurse researcher in process of completing his/her dissertation in anticipation of PhD degree
  • Early careerist nurse researcher who has completed the PhD and is evolving his/her research agenda
  • Seasoned PhD prepared nurse researcher with an established research agenda
  • Research Protocols must relate to one of more of the AONE Strategic Priorities to Include:
  • Develop core competencies of nurse leaders across the care continuum to support current and emerging role
  • Support the design and implementation of care delivery and population health management models across the care continuum
  • Support the provision of safe, quality care in delivery systems grounded in healthful practice environments
  • Communicate the value of nursing in healthcare to all stakeholders

Preference will be given to principal investigators who are members of AONE.

Review Process

All submitted proposals will undergo a blind review by members of the AONE Foundation Board’s Research Committee. The grant award recipient will be selected based on consideration of eligibility and merit of the research proposal. Review criteria will include:

  • Overall impact of the proposed research study on one of the five defined areas under Purpose above
  • Significance and innovativeness of the planned study
  • Approach of the planned study – is the study strategy, methodology, and data analysis plan rigorous and can it be accomplished in the projected 2 year timeframe
  • Does the research study align with and move forward the AONE strategic imperatives
  • Is the support (budget) requested justified to the proposed research

For questions about the submission or review process please contact Dani Ward at:

Expectations of Grant Recipient

  • At the beginning of the grant period, the principal investigators will provide a jpg head shot and a narrative biography of no more than 300 words for each investigator, to be used by the AONE Foundation for marketing and communications
  • At the midpoint (end of year one) and at the conclusion of the research study (end of year two) the principal investigators will submit an interim report on the progress of the study
  • Upon conclusion of the study the principal investigators will be asked to:
    • Present study findings at the next AONE Annual Meeting
    • Submit manuscript for publication to at least one peer reviewed nursing research journal
    • Allow study findings to be incorporated into the AONE Foundation’s marketing and communications
    • Aid the AONE Foundation in demonstrating impact of the research