Foundation for Academic Nursing

AACN Faculty Scholars Grant Program

The Foundation for Academic Nursing, the new philanthropic arm of AACN, is pleased to announce the creation of the AACN Faculty Scholars Grant Program. Funding for this program was provided by more than 150 nursing schools and organizations that contributed to AACN’s 50th Anniversary Celebration program.


A total of $100,000 funding will be distributed to support four $25,000 faculty scholarship projects through 2022. Two awards will be offered in the 2020-2021 academic year, and two will be offered in the 2021-2022 academic year.

The focus of these scholarly activities should reflect current issues in nursing education or practice and support of AACN’s strategic priorities. See details below.

2020-2021 Academic Year Theme: Innovation and Excellence in Academic Nursing  

First Year Priorities: 
Competency-Based Education Innovations:
  • Execution of competency-based education 
  • Assessment and evaluation of competency-based education
Nursing Education Innovations Related to Disaster Response (COVID-19):
  •  Innovation in nursing academic administration
  • Curriculum re-design innovation
  • Innovative course delivery

Faculty Commitment 

Faculty receiving funding must provide 6- and 12-month progress reports and share data findings and additional content with the academic nursing community through AACN’s website, Syllabus newsletter, and social media. Scholars will be expected to present at an AACN conference and submit a manuscript for publication to the Journal of Professional Nursing

Application Criteria & Process 

All faculty at AACN member schools are eligible to apply.  Applications must include the following:

  • Project abstract 
  • Contact information for Primary Project Manager and team members
  • Biographical sketch supporting expertise in project focus
  • Dean letter of support
  • Budget template

In preparation for your application, please review the full Call for Applications and a copy of the application.

The application for this grant program is currently closed.

Download Call for Application

Timeline for 2020 

  • May 7, 2020 - Application opens
  • August 14, 2020 - Application closes
  • September 2020 - Recipients notified, awarded, and announced

Review & Selection Process 

The AACN Faculty Scholars Grant Program applications will be reviewed and selected by a review committee appointed by the AACN Board of Directors.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance in September. At that time, the Primary Project Manager will receive notification, necessary documentation, and reporting information.

View current grantees.


Cynthia Leaver, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP
Director of Academic Nursing Development