Funding Opportunities

UNC Charlotte School of Nursing

Intramural Funding Overview

The School of Nursing provides support for preliminary work to increase the strength and success of external funding proposals. The primary objective of an intramural research/scholarship award is to increase the success of proposals for external funding by supporting faculty with the collection of preliminary data and work which will serve to strengthen the competitiveness of external proposals.

Faculty applying for intramural funding must describe the contributions that his/her research is expected to make towards advancing the individual’s program of research, as well as the mission, vision and values of the School of Nursing. Proposals must include specific plans to disseminate findings and to obtain extramural funding. Individuals who have received intramural funding from the School of Nursing for prior projects, are asked to detail this support, as well as project outcomes.

Faculty are encouraged to think of creative ways to develop their research expertise and to increase research productivity. Projects that are collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature, strengthen the competitiveness of intramural funding requests. Project funding is contingent upon availability of funds. Applicants must have no available carry over funds in order to apply.

 

Funding Opportunities in the School of Nursing

 

Fall Application Opportunities

Pilot Data Intramural Funding Award ($3000-$5000)

Presented to ACES:  September 15
Final Proposal reviewed by STC and recommendations made to Director: September 30th
Submission deadline: October 1
Decisions: October 15th

Supports preliminary research to increase the strength and success of proposals for significant external funding (e.g. R01, R15, U awards, RWJ Foundation).
Open to all faculty members in the School of Nursing.

Priority given to junior faculty members.

Proposal should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Purpose and Need
  • Methodology/Approach
  • Work Plan
  • Evaluation of Institutional Support
  • Project Sustainability
  • Budget
  • Bio sketch(s) included
  • Outline of plans for seeking extramural funding. Must include a minimum of two (2) pre-identified externa funding sources.
  • Outline of plans for dissemination (publication, podium, and poster).

Academy for Clinical Education and Scholarship (ACES) Award ($3000-$5000)

Presented to ACES:  September 15

Submission deadline: October 1

Final Proposal reviewed by STC and recommendations made to Director: September 30th

Decisions: October 15th


To support clinical research projects in the School of Nursing.

Open to all nursing faculty and partnerships between nursing faculty and/or graduate nursing students and nurse clinicians.

Preference given to collaborative partnerships among School of Nursing faculty (all ranks), between academic units, and/or clinical agencies.

Non-tenured and special faculty members, and new investigators are encouraged to apply.

Proposal should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Purpose and Need
  • Methodology/Approach
  • Work Plan
  • Evaluation of Institutional Support
  • Project Sustainability
  • Budget
  • Bio sketch(s) included
  • Outline of plans for seeking extramural funding. Must include a minimum of two (2) pre-identified external funding sources.
  • Outline of plans for dissemination (publication, podium, and poster).

 

Spring Application Opportunities

Teaching Innovation Award

Presented to ACES:  January 15th

Final Proposal reviewed by STC and recommendations made to Director: February 15th

Submission deadline: January 30th

Decisions: February 28th


Supports innovative projects that enhance teaching and learning.

Projects may include cutting edge research-based teaching and learning innovations, innovations new to the field of nursing or new to the individual faculty member.

Open to all faculty members in the School of Nursing.

Funding may be used to cover teaching assistants, equipment, travel related to grant activity, registration fees, etc.

Level 1            $500-$2000 (individual faculty member)

Level 2            $2001-$4000 (2 faculty member team)

Level 3            $4001-$6000 (3 faculty member team)

Proposal to include:

  • Project abstract, to include significance of project.
  • Project aims
  • Methodology
  • Reliable and valid evaluation measures
  • Budget and justification
  • Outline of plans for dissemination (publication, podium, and poster).
  • Relevant citations

Proposal not to exceed 5 double spaced pages, 12 point font (minus references).

Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion Award ($1000-$2000)

Presented to ACES:  January 15th

Final Proposal reviewed by STC and recommendations made to Director: February 15th

Submission deadline: January 30th

Decisions: February 28th


Supports research/scholarship activities which promote diversity and inclusion within the academic unit, or classroom, to enhance success.

Open to all nursing faculty members.

Diversity may be defined along the lines of race/ethnicity, gender, age, culture, generation, religion, class/caste, language, education, abilities, sexual orientation, job role and function, military involvement, nationality, etc. Inclusion requires moving beyond tolerance to creating an environment for faculty, staff and students, which is safe, positive and nurturing.

Proposal to include:

  • Project abstract, to include significance of project.
  • Project aims
  • Methodology
  • Reliable and valid evaluation measures
  • Budget and justification
  • Outline of plans for dissemination (publication, podium, and poster).
  • Relevant citations

Elinor Brooks Caddell Faculty Scholar Award (match up to $1000).

Award is currently $1000

Final Proposal reviewed by STC, Director and Ms. Caddell: April 1st.

Decisions made by Ms. Caddell and STC: May 1st.

  • Funds are used to facilitate the research career development of nursing faculty in the School of Nursing toward the goal of obtaining external funding.
  • Open to all nursing faculty members.
  • Pilot and methodological, as well as research nearing completion are appropriate for submission.

Eligibility

  1. Applicant must be a faculty member in the School of Nursing at UNC Charlotte.
  2. Applicant must be a lecturer or in a tenure-track or tenured position.
  3. Applicants may be novice researchers or experienced researchers entering a new field of study.
  4. Pilot and methodological, as well as research nearing completion are appropriate for submission.
  5. Applicant will submit five (5) copies of the request for funding by April 1st.
  6. Applicants will be notified by May 1st if they have been selected as the Elinor Brooks Caddell Faculty Scholar.

Criteria for Selection

  1. Applicant will submit a single-spaced request for funding which will include:
    1. Page 1: Provide an abstract of the proposed project, specifying the research objective and the methods used. If applying for travel funds, applicant should address why that particular opportunity is vital to their research and what they hope to achieve. The abstract should not exceed 200 words.
    2. Pages 1 and 3: Proposal Narrative including
      1. Purpose of the study
      2. Background/Significance
        1. Provide a brief overview of the literature, and indicate how the proposed work will fill gaps in our current knowledge and its potential significance for nursing.
      3. Methods
        1. Design
        2. Subjects and setting
        3. Data collection methods
        4. Data analysis plan
      4. Relation to program of research and future funding
        1. Describe how the proposed project relates to your identified program of research. Identify how the next step in your research career will build on this project and how completion of this project will facilitate your efforts to successfully compete for external funding.
    3. *Page 4: Budget (not to exceed $1000)
      1. Identify how award monies will be used for the proposed project. Acceptable expenditures include personnel, consultation, supplies, equipment, purchase of instruments, travel, other with justification.
    4. Page 5: Outcomes
      1. Describe your plan for dissemination of your findings through presentations to the School of Nursing faculty and the community. Any publications on the project should include an acknowledgement of this award.
    5. Page 6: References

*Note: The School of Nursing may match funds up to an additional $1000. Acceptable expenditures remain consistent with the original award.

Selection Process and Review Committee

  1. Selection for the award is based on the quality of the proposed project, the applicant’s future promise as a researcher, and the fit of the proposed work with the applicant’s identified long range research program. In particular, the committee will evaluate the following questions.
    1. What benefit will the proposed project provide to the field of nursing?
    2. What benefit will the proposed project provide to the School of Nursing faculty?
    3. How will the findings be shared with colleagues?
  2. The scholar is to be selected by the Elinor Brooks Caddell Scholar’s Award Committee. Committee membership will include members of the Scholarship Translation Committee and Ms. Elinor Caddell.

 

Available resources with the School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services and the University to help applicants:

School of Nursing

  • Ongoing assistance with manuscript editing is available in the School of Nursing
  • Mentorship through the Carol Grotnes Belk Endowed Chair
  • Peer mentoring
  • Scholarship Translation Committee
  • Academy for Clinical Education and Scholarship

Applicants for Faculty Research Grants (FRGs) and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) grants, are strongly encouraged to seek guidance prior to submitting for these opportunities.

College of Health and Human Services

  • Statistical consulting
  • CHHS Research Office

University

  • Office of Grants & Contracts Administration
  • Research Librarians J. Murrey Atkins Library

Faculty who receive internal funding and do not disseminate results and/or apply for external funding, may not be considered for additional internal funding for future projects.