Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for TSNRP funding?

Active duty, reserve, and retired military nurses from the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force and National Guard Nurse Corps Officers are eligible to apply for TSNRP funding. Retired Nurse Corps officers have limited eligibility and special application requirements.

Is there an award category for novice researchers?

Yes. Novice investigators are master's-prepared military nurses with limited experience in conducting a research study. An experienced, doctorally prepared nurse researcher is required on the research team to provide mentorship.

Does TSNRP fund graduate theses or dissertations?

Yes. Graduate Research Awards support active duty and reserve students pursuing master's or doctoral degrees.

If I'm not affiliated with a university, can I apply for funding?

Yes. You can submit your research proposal through a nonprofit organization. The Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Geneva Foundation are two nonprofit organizations currently working with active duty nurse investigators. See the Call for Proposals for more information.

Does TSNRP provide grant-writing assistance?

TSNRP hosts a two-part summer workshop, called Grant Camp, to expand the grant-writing skills of potential applicants. Grant Camp I is a five-day workshop that features lectures, homework, and small group discussion. Grant Camp II is a two-day workshop that features a mock scientific review intended to increase understanding of the scientific review process.

Nurses with a well-developed research idea backed by a well-considered literature review are invited to attend Grant Camp. TSNRP also offers a two-day Research Development Course for nurses interested in research but with little or no experience and/or training.

Evidence-Based Practice Grant Camp is a two-part grant-writing workshop designed to assist military nurses interested in submitting proposals for Evidence–Based Practice Awards. Session I includes lectures, group work, and one-on-one consultation with faculty. Session II features a mock scientific review of proposals, individual consultations, and roundtable discussions to further refine a proposal. Students must make measurable progress in Session I to attend Session II.

How do I prepare a literature review?

George Washington University offers an online tutorial for master's and doctoral students on how to use social science literature in a scholarly and professional manner. The site covers:

  • Assessing reports to determine whether their findings should be relied upon or are likely to be misleading.
  • Integrating various studies to make the best assessments of the knowledge base for a topic, to identify promising future research, to improve conceptual frameworks for research, and to determine the advantages and disadvantages of previously used methodologies.

Where can I get an application form?

You can obtain a PHS 398 from the Forms section of this site.

When can I submit my application?

Applications for funding cycle A typically are due the first Tuesday in November and, for funding cycle B, in early March. Doctoral and master's students applying for a Graduate Research Award may submit applications any time between October and the first Tuesday in March of each year. See the Deadlines section for more information.

What is an applicant organization?

Although the principal investigator writes the application, implements the research, and disseminates the results, the funding award is made to an applicant (or grantee) organization—either an academic institution or nonprofit organization. Investigators can submit applications through an applicant organization of their choice.

Examples of nonprofit applicant organizations include The Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the Geneva Foundation, and TRUE Research Foundation.

What is indirect cost (overhead) and how much can I spend on grant administration?

Each grantee organization has a negotiated government rate for indirect (or F&A) costs. Indirect costs are shown on the checklist page (the last page of the proposal) and included in the total on the cover page (page 1 of the PHS form pages).

TSNRP does not restrict indirect costs. However, you should negotiate your rate to maximize the funds available for your direct study-related expenses.

When are award notifications sent out?

TSNRP generally issues award notifications for funding cycle A in late March and, for cycle B, in mid June.

What happens if my proposal is not accepted for funding?

Follow the instructions in the notification letter. You should analyze and consider the reviewers' comments. In some cases, you can revise your proposal for resubmission. Applicants who have not been previously funded should consider attending Grant Camp, a summer workshop that teaches the grant development process through lectures, discussion, and hands-on work sessions.