Sigma Research Grant Opportunities - Online Application System

Nursing Research Grant Opportunities

(Applications that do not meet the specific grant purpose/and or requirements will not be reviewed.)

Sigma research priorities are as follows: promotion of healthy communities through health promotion, disease prevention and recognition of social, economic and political determinants; implementation of evidence-based practice; targeting the needs of vulnerable populations such as the chronically ill and poor; and capacity development for research by nurses.

In its mission to provide leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research, Sigma presents the following research grant opportunities:

Sigma Small Grants *

Sigma/Alpha Eta Collaborative Research Grant

Sigma/Canadian Nurses Foundation Grant

Sigma/Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science

Sigma/Rosemary Berkel Crisp Research Award *

Sigma/Western Institute of Nursing Research Grant

Deadline Has Been Reached

Thank you for your interest. Unfortunately the grant application deadline has been reached. New submissions and revisions are no longer being accepted at this time. Any questions or concerns, please contact Tonna M. Thomas at 888.634.7575 US/Canada, +1.317.634.8171 International or

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Deadline for Applicants

Application Deadline: 11:59pm Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) on Wednesday, 1 December 2021
Letters of Support Deadline: 11:59pm Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) on Thursday, 9 December 2021

All applications MUST be received online by 11:59pm Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) on Wednesday, 1 December 2021. We highly encourage you to begin and complete your submission before Wednesday, 1 December 2021. Those providing your letters of support will have until Thursday, 9 December 2021.

General Instructions for Applicants

All applications must be submitted via the online submission system. In addition, all submitted information must be in English. Applications sent in by other methods (i.e., mail, e-mail, fax, etc.) will not be reviewed or considered for funding. We highly encourage you to begin and complete your submission before Wednesday, 1 December 2021. This will allow extra time for your Letters of Support to be completed prior to the deadline.

Failure to follow the guidelines for preparation of grant proposal negates future funding.

  • Follow instructions and word limits carefully
  • References are required to be formatted in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Change to References are required to be formatted in a consistent format.

When more than one investigator is listed, the first individual named will be the person with whom Sigma will communicate and the investigator who will assume responsibility for conducting the research.

Final narrative and financial reports are due 90 days following the end of the funding period. If reports are not submitted in a timely manner, the PI will not be considered for future grants. Dissertations are not accepted as final reports. Complete instructions for the final report appear in Part I - Investigator(s) Contact Information and Biographical Sketches.

If a grant is awarded as the result of this application, the applicant becomes a grantee and assumes any and all legal and financial accountability for the awarded funds and for the performance of the grant-support activities. Deliberate withholding, falsification, non-documentation of references, or misrepresentation of information in the application could result in administrative actions including, but not limited to, the withdrawal of an application.

Please note: If your IRB/Research Ethics Committee approval is pending, you are still encouraged to apply. If you are awarded a grant and you do not attach your IRB/REC approval to your application, proof of IRB/REC approval must be shown before funds are distributed by Sigma. IRB/REC approvals MUST be received by the funding date or no later than 2 months after the funding date, for the grant to be funded. Any awarded grant missing an IRB or Research Ethics Committee approval will be forfeited.

Guidelines for Preparation and Submitting a Grant Proposal

The online proposal system divides the submittal process into steps so that investigators can enter information and confirm it is correct before moving to the next step. By following the buttons at the bottom of each page in the submittal process, you will automatically proceed through every step needed to submit a proposal. At any point in the online submission process, prior to the deadline, you can return to a previous completed step, simply by clicking the step name in the "Application Control Panel" (left frame) within the online system.

Before beginning your submission, we recommend that you review the list of required information. Click on each section below to see more detail.

Part I - Investigator(s) Contact Information and Biographical Sketches - Steps 1 & 2

Part II - Research Specialty - Step 3

Part III - Abstract (200 word limit) - Step 4

Part IV - Project Proposal Details (not included in the 16 page limit) - Step 5

Part V - Letters of Support (not included in the 16 page limit) - Step 5

Part VI - Proposal Text (16 page limit) - Step 6 - New Guidelines for 2021

Part VII - Appendices (not included in the 16 page limit) - Step 7

Part VIII - Budget (not included in the 16 page limit) - Step 8

Part IX - Research Agreement - Step 9

Need Technical Support?

If you run into any problems, utilizing the online application process, please email your questions or comments using the hyperlink to "Report a Technical Problem" that appears in the Application Control Panel. Technical support may also be obtained by calling (401) 334-0220 between 8:30 a.m and 6:00 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday. Please provide us with your Application ID#, so we can better assist you.

Contact Sigma Nursing Research Grant Opportunities

For more information about the 2021 - 2022 Research Grant Opportunities, please contact Tonna M. Thomas, Grants Coordinator at 888.634.7575 US/Canada, +1.317.634.8171 International or

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