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AACN Foundation Announces New Funding for Faculty Scholars Program

Published May 07, 2021

Foundation for Academic Nursing - American Association of Colleges of Nursing

The Foundation for Academic Nursing, the philanthropic arm of AACN, is pleased to announce a second round of funding for the AACN Faculty Scholars Grant Program. The program is aimed at highlighting the innovative work being led by nurse educators to redesign teaching and learning at AACN member schools. 

Award Details

A total of $50,000 in funding will be distributed to support two $25,000 faculty scholarship projects through 2022. Two awards were previously awarded in the 2020-2021 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.

2021-2022 Academic Year Themes:  

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

  • Achieving health equity and promoting a culture of health
  • Recruitment and retention of nurse faculty and students of color
  • Impact of nursing workforce diversity on patient outcomes
  • System facilitators and barriers to preparing a diverse nursing workforce

Innovation and Excellence in Academic Nursing:

  • Execution of competency-based nursing education
  • Competency assessment in competency-based education
  • Developing leadership capacity in nursing faculty and students
  • Innovative clinical experiences across the four spheres of care

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.  

How to Apply 

Before completing your application, please review the full Call for Applications. Applicants must apply via this online form and submit no later than August 6, 2021.

For questions, please contact Marta Okoniewski, AACN’s Director of Student Engagement,

Contributing to the Foundation for Academic Nursing

The Foundation for Academic Nursing is currently seeking support from philanthropies, corporate donors, and individuals looking to advance AACN’s goals and priorities. Your support will help to expand our impact and usher in new innovations in nursing education and practice. Those wishing to contribute are encouraged to donate online via the AACN website. Click here to see a list of current donors. For more information, please contact