Research Grant Opportunities

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation currently offers two research grants to nurses benefiting hospice and palliative care nursing, and is also offering a third one-time research grant for 2017 regarding nurse credentialing and certification.

HPNF will be offering a one-time only grant in 2017 of up to $15,000 for a Certification Systematic Research Review. The goal of the research is to identify best practices as appropriate and key knowledge gaps regarding the value of nursing credentialing and certification. The application deadline is November 13, 2016, and more detailed information is available below.

HPNF has collaborated with Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) to offer a research grant in the amount of $10,000. The goal of this grant is to encourage qualified nurses’ contributions to the advancement of nursing care through research. Proposals for pilot and/or developmental research may be submitted for the grant. Application deadline is April 1.

HPNF offers the Certification Research Grant of up to $15,000 and awarded annually. Proposals are due on or before July 1 each year. The purpose of the HPNF Certification Research Grant is to conduct research related to certification.

HPNF 2017 Certification Systematic Research Review Grant

The intrinsic and extrinsic values of nurse credentialing/certification have been difficult to quantify. Intrinsic clinician level variables of nurse credentialing often considered are validation of knowledge or skills for the nurse. Extrinsic clinician level variables are clinician incentives (e.g. bonuses, promotion) and increased sense of professionalism. In addition is the question of degree to which having advanced credential/certification impacts actual nursing practice.

There are few published studies that document the effect of credentialing on the care that nurses provide and outcomes achieved. Simply put, what evidence exists to support the value (intrinsic, extrinsic, and patient centered) of nurse credentialing? In an era of evidence-based practice, what is the evidence to support the time and cost to obtain and maintain credentialing/certification?

The first step in establishing the evidence basis for nurse credentialing and certification is a systematic literature review of the existing body of literature regarding outcomes associated with nurse credentialing. HPNF is requesting proposals for a conducting a rigorous, systematic literature review regarding the value of nurse credentialing/certification (regardless of specialty). Funding is available to develop and disseminate an empirical research report that systematically collects, classifies, and analyzes the existing body of literature regarding nurse credentialing/certification research.

To find out specific details, and how to apply for this one-time grant, follow the link below.  Application deadline for this grant is November 13, 2016.

More Information on 2017 Certification Systematic Research Review Grant

STTI/HPNF End-of-Life Nursing Care Research Grant

In 2004, Sigma Theta Tau International and HPNF partnered to offer an annual research grant. With the goal of encouraging qualified nurses’ contributions to the advancement of nursing care through research, one grant of up to $10,000 will be awarded annually. Proposals for pilot and/or developmental research may be submitted for the grant. The application deadline for the award is April 1 of the respective year.

To be eligible for the grant, the Principal Investigator must:

  • Be a registered nurse with a current license
  • Hold a masters or doctoral degree or be enrolled in a doctoral program
  • Have submitted a completed research application
  • Have a project that is ready for implementation
  • Have a project that can be completed within one (1) year of funding
  • Have signed Research Agreement

For details about this colaborative grant, including eligibility criteria and application submission contact Tonna Thomas, Grants Coordinator, or visit the STTI website.

Previous Grant Recipients

Jessica Rearden, PhD

Kavita Radhakrishman, PhD

Maureen Metzger, PhD, RN

Susan Lowey, PhD, RN, CHPN (USA). “Factors that Influence Care Transitions of End-Stage Heart Failure Patients to Palliative Home Care.”

Stephanie H. Gilbertson-White, PhD, RN. “A Biobehavioral Approach to Studying the Meaning of Symptoms in Patients with Advanced Cancer.”

Carol L. Pavlish, PhD (USA). “Screening and Early Interventions for Ethical Conflicts at the End of Life: Strengthening Nurses’ Voices.”

Charlotte Wool, MSN, RN, CPCE. “Perinatal Palliative Care: Assessment of Clinician Attitudes and Practice Barriers.”

Ann Marie Dose, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC. “Transition from the Hospital to Home Hospice: The No-Care Zone.”

Amy Calvin, PhD, RN. “Understanding of Advance Care Planning by Family Members of Persons Undergoing Hemodialysis.”

Sanghee Kim, RN, MSN. “The Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Nurses’ Ethical Decision Making Regarding End-of-Life (NEDM-EOL) Scale in Korea.”

Debra Wiegand, PhD, MBE, RN, CCRN, FAAN. “Withdrawal of Life Sustaining Therapy After a Life-Threatening Exacerbation of a Chronic Illness: The Family Experience.”

Mary Judy Campbell, MSN, BSN. “Influence of Health Literacy and Attitudes on Completion of Advance Directives Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults.”

Sarah A. Wilson, PhD, RN. “Family Caregivers of Hospice Patients with Heart Failure.”

HPNF Certification Research Grant

The purpose of the HPNF Certification Research Grant is to help build a better understanding of the impact of palliative nursing certification on patient outcomes. Previous research has demonstrated that certified and non-certified nurses, nurse managers, value certification. More recent research has begun to examine the impact of certification on patient outcomes. Studies done in the acute care setting suggest that care environments with a higher proportion of certified nurses have better patient outcomes. Replicating this research in the hospice or palliative care environment would advance our understanding of the value of palliative nursing certification.

The HPNF Certification Research Grant is intended to provide investigators with resources to conduct exploratory, pilot or feasibility studies that will lead to larger scale projects linking certification with patient outcomes. Examples include collecting preliminary data about the distribution of certification qualifications among staff of different types of organizations or examining datasets from health care systems for patterns of staffing and outcomes.

One grant of up to $15,000 will be awarded annually. Proposals are due on or before July 1. The funding date is September 1 of the same year. Funds for this grant do not cover expenses incurred prior to the funding date.

The Certification Research Grant is competitive and the awardee is selected from the applicant pool by the Certification Research Grant Review Committee consisting of HPNF Board members and HPNA members with research expertise.

General Grant Information
  • The funding period is for 12 months from the receipt of the award.
  • Proposals may be resubmitted one time to HPNF.
  • Grant funds may not be used for investigator salary.
  • A final report of expenditures and final scientific report must be submitted to HPNF 90 days following the original or amended project funding period.
  • The application abstract and final report will be posted on the HPNF website.
  • Publication of research findings in peer-reviewed scientific or professional journals such as the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing is expected.
To be eligible for the grant, the Principal Investigator must:
  • Be actively involved in some aspect of hospice and palliative care practice, education, or research.
  • Hold a master’s or doctoral degree or be enrolled in a doctoral program.
  • Have a project that is consistent with the purpose of the research grant, stated above, and is ready for implementation when funding is received.
  • Complete project within one (1) year of funding.
  • Preference will be given to HPNA members.
To Apply
  • Use HPNF Certification Research Grant Application Packet for submission. All applications must be submitted via email, and our address is
  • Mailed applications, as well as any faxed applications, will no longer be accepted.
  • Proposals must be received on or before July 1 of the respective year. Submission deadline is strictly enforced.
  • HPNF Certification Research Grant Review Committee takes into account applicant’s adherence to submission guidelines, completeness of proposal, and quality of proposal when reviewing submissions and selecting awardee.
  • Specific review criteria and other information is available in the Certification Research Grant Application Packet.
Materials and Information
Previous Grant Recipients

Barbara Head, PhD, RN CHPN®, ACSW, FPCN®

Mary Isaacson, PhD, RN, and Mary Minton, PhD, RN, CNS

Joy Goebel, RN, MN, PhD. “The Role of Interdisciplinary Team Structures on Collaboration and Quality in Palliative Care.”

Barbara Head, PhD, RN, CHPN®. “Job Satisfaction and Attitudes towards Specialty Certification among Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistants.”

Karen Kehl, PhD, RN, ACHPN®. “Hospice Nurse Practices in Preparing Families for Death.”

Previous HPNF Research Grants and Recipients

2013 HPNF/American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grant
Mary Ann Hales Reynolds, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC, “Palliative Care Needs of Young and Middle Age Adults (20-59) with a Potentially Life Limiting Cancer Diagnosis: A Pilot Study.” School of Nursing at Idaho State University

2012 HPNF/American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grant
Mary Bronwyn Long, DNP, MBA, RN, ACHPN®, AOCNS. “Improving Quality of Life in (COPD) by Integrating Palliative Approaches to Dyspnea, Anxiety and Depression.” National Jewish Health Cancer Center, Denver.

2011 HPNF/American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grant
Casey R. Shillam, PhD, RN-BC. “Persistent Pain in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Prevalence and Referral for Specialty Management.” University of California.

Save the Dates

Mark you calendar for the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

  • 2018: March 14-17, Boston, MA
  • 2019: March 13-16, Orlando, FL
  • 2020: March 18-21, San Diego, CA

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