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Research Pilot Grant Program

From new investigators and junior staff to more experienced researchers and faculty, our academic community strives to improve health outcomes by relying on scientific studies that inform evidence-based practice. In this spirit of advancing nursing practice, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is proud to offer the Office of Nursing Research Pilot Grant Program.

The ability to secure external funding for research projects oftentimes requires the investigator to provide pilot study data - no easy feat for a project that’s just getting off the ground. Through the Research Pilot Grant Program, Goldfarb faculty members can access critical seed funding throughout the year to get a study started and ready for the next phase of growth.

Program Impact

The grant program has already seen great success supporting our faculty. Applicants are not limited to particular topics, but many submissions to date have focused on our main research priorities: symptom science in chronic health conditions, teaching clinical simulation, and improving the health of vulnerable and high-risk populations.

Dr. Judy Frain used her grant to test the effects of a computerized training program on the cognition of older adults living with HIV, who can have trouble remembering to follow their medical regimen. The results of this pilot study showed that over 70% of the participants had severe problems with sleep that may be contributing to the cognitive difficulties. With these initial findings in hand, Dr. Frain was then able to secure grant funding from the National Sigma Theta Tau Society — the only one awarded across the nation that year — to study sleep in this population.

Similarly, Dr. Horng-Shiuann Wu leveraged a pilot grant to score and analyze polysomnographic sleep and EEG data in women with breast cancer from a previous study. The results of this work gave her the preliminary data needed to submit an R15 grant proposal to the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Dr. Wu is now leading the only National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research in the school, studying the effects of bright light on fatigue and sleep in breast cancer survivors.

Recent Nursing Research Grant Recipients

  • P. Jarosz - A Multi-Method Assessment of the Sleep and Eating Behavior of Emerging Adult African  American Women
  • P. Newland - Correlation of Fatigue Using Electroencephalogram
  • H-S. Wu - Chemosensory Alterations in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy
  • J. Frain - Can Computerized Training Improve Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults Living with HIV? A Pilot Study
  • A.McConachie - Validation of the Relational Communication Scale within Interprofessional Health Education
  • T. Otey - Setting Parameters for Healthcare Research in Rural Nigeria
  • J. Sledge and M. Hoffman - Communication Methods for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV Vaccine Information for Young Men in St. Louis: A Qualitative Assessment
  • H-S. Wu - Scoring and Analyzing Previously Collected PSG Data
  • T. Otey - Nigeria Faith Community Nurse Training as Preparation for Research Projects

Funding Restrictions

While investigators aren’t limited by research topic, the pilot grant program funds can only be directed to activities directly related to conducting research:

  • Paid research assistants
  • Special equipment
  • Supplies
  • Unique computing needs

The program is not able to fund faculty compensation or standard equipment like computers and their components. Depending on budgetary requirements, investigators may apply for funds in one of two categories: requests up to $5,000 (Category I) or requests up to $10,000 (Category II). Funding is limited to a period of one year.

How to Apply

To ensure that you have timely access to funding, the Research Pilot Grant Program accepts applications throughout the year on a rolling basis. In order to be considered, your application MUST include the following components, which are explained in greater detail in the application itself:

  • Cover page
  • 200-word abstract
  • Project narrative
  • Budget and justification
  • Appendices, such as references, questionnaires, and a time schedule.

Download Application Form and Instructions (coming soon)

When the application package is ready, please send it to the Office of Nursing Research by emailing karen.porter@barnesjewishcollege.edu.

Selection Process

The application will be reviewed by two members of the scientific review committee. Members are doctorally-prepared nurse researchers who have been trained to use our detailed scientific review guidelines.

The proposal will be given a score by each reviewer based on established criteria with a recommendation for funding. The application, scores, and recommendations are then considered by the senior associate dean for research who makes the final decision regarding funding. Faculty will be notified about the decision within one month of submitting the application.

Contact Information

For more information about the Research Pilot Grant Program, please contact Karen Porter. We encourage all faculty at Goldfarb to apply for our nursing research grants and would be happy to answer your questions.

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