Faculty Scholars Grant Program


A total of $50,000 in funding will be distributed to support two $25,000 faculty scholarship projects through 2025.

2024-2025 Academic Year Theme: Innovation in the Use and Measurement of Simulation Pedagogy in Nursing Education

AACN is seeking proposals to examine the impact of simulation-based education using a wide variety of methodologies, including, but not limited to, mannequin-based, XR, and virtual simulation on student transition to practice outcomes. Recognizing the importance of experiential learning to the preparation of the next generation of nurses, there continues to be a need for evidence of best practices to improve educational outcomes. AACN will fund two $25,000 grants for pilot studies to measure student outcomes using simulation-based education.

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:

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  • May 6, 2024 - Application opens
  • August 5, 2024 - Application closes
  • End of October 2024 - 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 October. 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