Faculty Scholars Grant Program


Since the current grant application cycle was announced on May 8, AACN has decided to seek applications only for projects focused on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Given the legislative threats in several states impacting DEI and the drive toward health equity, the need to advance scholarship in this area has become more urgent.  See AACN’s latest statement of support for our member schools. AACN will seek innovation-focused applications next year.


The application period is now closed.  Recipients will be notified in October 2023. 

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

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

View Call for Applications



  • May 8, 2023 - Application opens.
  • August 5, 2023 - Application closes.
  • End of October 2023 - 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 previous grantees


Katie Fioravanti, PhD, MSN
Foundation Director