Research Grant Funding


The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing (AMSN) provides three types of grants available for nursing research. Please review the eligibility criteria and other information below to see which grant is appropriate for you.

Eligibility Criteria

"Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a devastating illness affecting
mainly young adults. The Academy of Medical Surgical
Nurses (AMSN) along with Philips Healthcare was
instrumental in assisting my research in the area of MS
symptom management. The grant writing process and
funds made available through this research grant provided
additional professional  opportunities. I am grateful for
the research award." 

~Pamela K. Newland, PhD, RN, CMSRN, NRSA

To apply for all research grants:

  • Applicant must be
    • A member of AMSN in good standing (except for the MSNCB Certification Research Grant).
    • The principle investigator who is actively involved in some aspect of care, education, or research for the medical-surgical patient.
  • Preference is given to a project that involves nurses in the design and implementation of the research activity that promote theoretically-based medical-surgical health practice.
  • Grant recipient
    • Will be expected to share how this award has advanced his/her professional practice.
    • Will be expected to disseminate research findings to medical-surgical nursing such as an article in the MEDSURG Nursing journal, poster presentation or breakout session at the AMSN convention, and other approved methods.
  • Current members of the Board of Directors of AMSN, Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board, Scholarship & Awards Committee, Research Team and AMSN staff are not eligible to apply for research grants.

Application and Submission

Beginning April 2017, you may apply for all AMSN Research Grants year-round—there are no open and close dates to submit an application for an AMSN Research Grant!

View past Research Grant recipients.

Types of Research Grants

Cecelia Gatson Grindel Evidence-Based Practice Research Grant - Up to $10,000

Cecelia Gatson Grindel Evidence-Based Practice Research Grant - You may request up to $10,000

To support medical-surgical nursing investigation to evaluate practice changes that have been developed using an evidence-based practice approach conducted by beginning and experienced researchers.

Download the application for the Cecelia Gatson Grindel Evidence-Based Practice Research Grant.

Nursing Research Grant - Up to $10,000

Nursing Research Grants - You may request up to $10,000

To support medical-surgical nursing research conducted by beginning or advanced researchers.

Download the application for the Nursing Research Grant. Note: AMSN does not fund the following: Projects that are nearly completed, payment of tuition, institutional indirect costs, and travel for convention attendance or presentation.


* Research Grant Recipient Reports *

Please complete the following form(s) as applicable:

AMSN Research Grant Final Status Report

  • A final report of scientific findings must be submitted to the AMSN Research Team 60-days following the original or amended project period. This and additional info can be found on the General Instructions to Applicant page of each Research Grant Application.

AMSN Research and Grant Continuing Review

  • Purpose: AMSN conducts a continuing review of research studies at intervals appropriate to the degree of risk, but not less than once per year. As a study/grant recipient, you are responsible for updating the protocol status by providing the following information to the AMSN Research Coordinator for annual review and approval.

AMSN Research No Cost Grant Extension Request

  • Grantees may request an extension when additional time beyond the established study end date is required to ensure adequate completion of the original scope of an approved study. Requests must be received no earlier than 90 days before the end of the study period and no later than the study's end date.
  • In order to qualify for an extension, there must be no additional funds required from AMSN and no change to the study’s originally approved scope.