Faculty Scholars Grant Program

Congrats 2023-2024 Recipients

Congrats to the 2023-2024 Recipients

The Foundation for Academic Nursing is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 recipients of the AACN Faculty Scholars Grant. The nurse educators to receive funding this year include Dr. Michael L. Jones from East Carolina University for his project titled Recruitment of Middle School African American Males to the Nursing Profession; and Dr. Catherine Horvath from Georgetown University for her project titled Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a DEIB and Anti-Racism-Focused CRNA Preceptor Module.

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Foundation Grantee Webinar

Featured Webinar: Virtual Reality in Distance-led Graduate Nursing Programs: The VR-NP Innovation Project

In Spring of 2023, faculty in an online advanced health assessment course embarked on an innovative project to integrate virtual reality simulation into the competency-based curriculum of a graduate nursing program. Students were given virtual reality headsets to use at home to complete weekly simulations to reinforce didactic content. This webinar, presented by the recipients of the 2022 AACN Faculty Scholars Grant Program, explores how to integrate virtual reality into an online graduate nursing program. Lessons learned are shared along with implications for faculty, students, and technology staff.

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The application period is now closed.  The 2024 call for applications will be issued in May 2024.

A total of $50,000 in funding will be distributed to support two $25,000 faculty scholarship projects through 2024.

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.

2023-2024 Academic Year Theme: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Priority Areas

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

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 an AACN webinar 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

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  • May 2024 - Call for Applications Opens

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.

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Katie Fioravanti, PhD, MSN
Foundation Director