Faculty Scholars Grant Program
In May 2020, the foundation announced the AACN Faculty Scholars Grant Program. This program provides funding support to nurse educators whose scholarly activities reflect current issues in nursing education or practice and support AACN’s strategic priorities. Through this initiative, a total of $100,000 in funding has been distributed to support four $25,000 faculty scholarship projects through 2022. Funding for this program was provided by more than 150 nursing schools and organizations that contributed to AACN’s 50th Anniversary Celebration program.
Additional AACN-Grant Funded Initiatives
Accelerating the Adoption of Competency-Based Education
Through the Reimagining Nursing Initiative, the American Nurses Foundation award $1.5 million to AACN for a three-year project: Competency-Based Education for Practice-Ready Nurse Graduates. AACN will award $100,000 to 10 schools of nursing to pilot curriculum to meet the expectations delineated in the AACN Essentials.
Enhancing the Leadership and Resilience Skills of Nursing Students
Johnson & Johnson awarded $324,115 to AACN to support A Competency-Based Approach to Leadership Development and Resilience for Student Nurses. As part of this initiative, AACN will award $10,000 to 10 schools of nursing to pilot curriculum aligned with the AACN Essentials.
Creating Inclusive Learning Environments at Schools of Nursing
With $174,900 in funding from Johnson & Johnson, AACN launched the Building a Culture of Belonging in Academic Nursing project to identify strategies for creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic environments that facilitate the success of all students.
Combatting Vaccine Hesitancy
AACN was awarded $1 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to initiate Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Among Nurses and in Communities. Through this effort, AACN awarded funding to 10 schools to launch targeted campaigns to encourage COVID-19 vaccination and increase confidence in communicating accurate vaccine information.
Empowering Doctoral-Prepared Faculty, Researchers, and Advanced Clinicians
Beginning in 2023, AACN announced an expanded partnership with Jonas Philanthropies. The Jonas Scholars initiative identifies and invests in high-potential doctoral nursing Scholars from across the country. Through the generous contributions of Jonas Philanthropies, over 1,400 doctoral nursing Scholars representing all 50 states have received critical funding to support their academic endeavors to address our nation’s most pressing healthcare needs. The Scholars have gone on to leadership positions as faculty, clinical leaders, researchers, and more.
Strengthening Biomedical Research to Advance Precision Medicine
Since 2017, AACN and the National Institutes of Health have promoted the All of Us Research Program, which seeks greater representation of diverse communities in biomedical research. To date, AACN has awarded $400,000 to 48 nursing schools to bring awareness to this program.
Funding Innovations in Public/Population Health
Since 2014, AACN has partnered with the CDC to support the development of nurse researchers and scholars who are leading innovative projects focused on priority Public/Population Health concerns. To date, 11 AACN-CDC Public Health Nursing Fellows have received support.
Supporting Graduate Nursing Student Scholarship
Since 2017, AACN has partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse on the NIDA Blending Initiative: Moving Science from Research to Practice to advance research, dissemination, and adoption of evidence-based projects focused on Substance Use Disorders treatment practices. To date, $80,000 in funding has been disbursed to 8 nursing students.