Research Grants




The primary goal of the Research and Special Project Funding Committee of Sigma Theta Tau is to encourage membership to contribute to the advancement of nursing through research and special projects. To this end, the committee has set aside funds to be awarded to members involved in such efforts.
Allocation of funds is based on the quality of the proposed project, evaluated according to the Outline for Preparation of Grant Proposals. The amount of the award will be determined by the funds available to the Committee, with a maximum award of $2,500.
Awards will be presented at the Rho Chapter Fall Induction Ceremony or at the Spring Awards Ceremony. Recipients are expected to attend.

See application criteria and requirements


Applicants for awards must:
  1. Be a Sigma Theta Tau member; in the case of teams, at least one participant of the team needs to be a member of Sigma Theta Tau and each Sigma Theta Tau member wishing acknowledgment of the award should attach a separate application to the team's proposal
  2. Have a well-defined project pertinent to nursing
 Applicants must fill out an application form and submit 3 copies of their project intention, postmarked or emailed no later than September 30 for consideration for a Fall award and postmarked no later than January 31 for a Spring award. Special calls will have their own due date. Submit applications to:
Jane Anderson
1906 Weldon Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Upon completion of the project, funding recipients must submit a brief report which includes a summary of results and implications for nursing practice. If the project is not completed one year following acceptance of the award, the recipient must submit an interim report of their activities.

Outline for Preparation of Grant Proposals

Grant proposals should be typed and no longer than five (5) pages. Applicants should submit three (3) copies of their proposal which includes the following information:
  1. Specific Aims: state concisely and realistically what the project is intended to accomplish, and/or what research questions are to be addressed and/or what hypotheses are to be tested
  2. Background: briefly review the literature which substantiates the specific aims of the project
  3. Methods: describe the procedure to be used to accomplish the specific aims; include a description of and the rationale for special equipment and/or instruments to be used; if a survey questionnaire or interview is to be used, attach a copy of the instrument to the proposal
  4. Human or Animal Subjects: provide evidence of approval from the appropriate agency review committee for use of test subjects
  5. Significance: identify gaps which the project is intended to fill; make clear the nursing implications of the project; state the importance of the project by relating specific aims to longer-term objectives
  6. Budget: submit an outline of the actual or projected costs for the entire project; priority for funding is given to expenses incurred in preparation for and conduct of the investigation or project; expenses associated with academic requirement (e.g., thesis copies, binding) will not be funded.

Past Research/Special Projects Grant Recipients


Jesus (Jessie) M. Casida, PhD, RN, APN-C, CCRN-CSC
Topic: Psychometric Evaluation of LVAD Patient and Caregiver Self-Efficacy and Adherence Scales


Michelle Munro, MS, CNM, FNP-BC, PhD Candidate, RN
Topic: To B or not to B? Plan B and Post-Assault Comprehensive Care
Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, PhD, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA
Topic: Cognitive dysfunction in elders hospitalized for acute heart failure


Yun-Ping Lin, PhD, RN
Topic: Work Environment and psychosocial factors affecting physical activity among Taiwanese information technology workers
Mary Chappel, MS, RN
Topic: The relationship between health literacy and cognitive ability in older adults
Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, NP, PMHCNS-BC
Topic: Alcoholics Anonymous: Attendance, Affiliation and Drinking Outcomes in a Polish Treatment Sample

See all past recipients


Jeffrey Adams, PhD, RN, Debra Denham, PhD, RN and Tanya Osborne-McKenzie, BSN, RN
Topic: Evaluation of Message Articulation During Shift to Shift Hand-Over:
Validating the World Health Organization's "Communication During Patient Hand-Over" Framework
Chin Hwa (Gina) Yi, PhD, FNP-C, RN
Topic: African American Women & Prenatal Care: Effect of Client-Provider Interaction


Jennifer Wayment Allen, MS, APRN-BC
Topic: The Lived Experience of Women with NYHA Class III Heart Failure: A Phenomenological Study
Soohyun Park, PhD, RN
Topic: Effect of Preferred Music on Agitation after Traumatic Brain Injury
Christine Robertson
Topic: Assessing Nurses’ Knowledge of Patient's Depression Post Myocardial Infarction
Sharon L. Smith, PhD, RN
Topic: The Transition of Chief Nurse Executives into Chief Executive Officer Roles


Nah-Mee Shin, PhD candidate, MSN, RN
Topic: Effects of Resilient coping capacity on Depression in patients with Acute Coronary Events (ERDACE)


Veronica Pollack, MS, RN
Topic: Parent's Impressions of Trust in Parent/Provider Relationships


Wendy Looman, MS, RN
Topic: Measuring Social Capital in families of Children with Chronic Conditions: Instrument Development and Testing
Sharon L. Dormire, PhD, RN
Topic: The Role of Glucose in Menopausal Hot Flashes
Barbara Kupferschmid. PhD candidate, RN
Topic: Cognitive and Behavioral Responses to Acute Activation of the Immune System


Elizabeth Beattie, PhD, RN
Topic: Functional Eating Behavior in Ambulatory Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: the Role of Level of Cognitive Impairment, Agitation and Table Leaving
Colleen Corte, MS, RN
Topic: Content and Structure of the Self-Concept in Antisocial Alcohol Abuse, Dependence, and Recovery
Bonnie L. Metzger, PhD, RN, FAAN
Topic: Characteristics of the Startle Response in People with Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type: A Pilot Study
Terri Voepel-Lewis, MS, RN
Topic: Reliability and Validity of the FLACC Behavioral Pain Scale as a measure of Postoperative Pain in Cognitively Impaired Children


Surintorn Kalamoakorn
Topic: Stages of Construction Workers' Use of Hearing Protection.


Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren
Topic: The triaging of men and women for coronary artery disease: Knowledge, experience, or bias.
Sonia Duffy
Topic: The effect of smoking, alcohol consumption, and depression on the quality of life of head and neck cancer patients.
Paula Ross-Durow
Topic: Factors which predict psychological functioning in women raped by strangers.
Deborah Walker
Topic: Nurse-midwives attitudes and use of reduced frequency prenatal visit schedules.


Deborah Vincent, PhD, RN
Topic: A cost analysis of two academic-based nursing centers.
Terri Voepel-Lewis, MS, RN, Shobha Malviya, MD, & Alan R. Tait, PhD
Topic: Relationship between temperament and post anesthesia recovery in children.
Shelia Crowley, PhD, RN, AOCN
Topic: The Effect of a Structured Exercise Program on Fatigue, Strength, Endurance, Physical Self-Efficacy, and Functional Wellness in Women with Early Stage Breast Cancer
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University of Michigan School of Nursing 400 North Ingalls Ann Arbor MI 48109-5482