Health Equity Grant- Improving Care and Promoting Healthy Aging of the Older Adult- Goals and Guidelines

Co-Sponsored by the Ann L Hendrich Charitable Fund. A not-for-profit organization and the Hendrich Fall Risk Model®

As The DAISY Foundation delves into how it can serve the advancement of equitable delivery of healthcare, our attention is drawn to our aging population and the need to improve care and promote healthy aging of older adults. 

Each day, more than 10,000 citizens in the United States reach their 65th birthday, signaling the need for care that is both sensitive and specific to changes that may occur with the aging process. Ageism appears in many ways from the simple to the complex. Some examples include the assumption that a health concern of an older adult is simply related to “old age;” that instructions must be simplified, and you must speak louder; and that any mental change during an acute care hospitalization is simply “confusion of old age” or that “old people will just fall no matter what.” A cognitive change in a hospitalized older adult can have multiple causes. Specifically, mentation changes can be an early, serious warning sign of an entire spectrum of modifiable risks such as medication side effects, dehydration, and sepsis. If ageism bias is present and early sepsis goes undetected, it can result in a preventable death. Sensitivity to age as a health disparity goes beyond these examples. Nurses can make a difference in mitigating age bias and stigma.


To support nurses who aim to improve care of older adults, DAISY, in partnership with the Ann L Hendrich Charitable Fund, offers grants to fund research and EBP that:

  • may reduce ageism and the associated clinical and psychosocial risks
  • identify changes in practice behaviors or improvements to existing or new standards of care that deliver equitable care, regardless of age
  • develop educational and experiential case studies that teach sensitivity toward commonly held negative age biases and/or build cultural awareness to reduce or eliminate them

DAISY’s grants encourage registered nurses from all levels of experience to engage in research and EBP projects that will affect the health outcomes of patients and families. For this grant program, we will support investigators who are committed to compassionate, inclusive care and are passionate about making a difference for older adults. The application asks you to explain why this work is important to you. Grantees, whether working in a healthcare facility or academic setting must be connected to a clinical or community healthcare setting.  Research or EBP projects make take place in any healthcare setting.

As with all our research/EBP grants, it is imperative that nurses who provide direct care play a meaningful role in your study or project in its conceptualization, implementation, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination of results. The application requires a description of the role these nurses will have in your work to ensure that this program is enhancing the research or EBP implementation experience of nurses who have direct contact with patients and families.

Additional Requirements

We seek studies and projects that may be transferable to other organizations and practitioners once they are completed. Applicants should be ready to implement their projects immediately following funding from The DAISY Foundation. Our application requires you to provide evidence of permission to use any tools you propose, so there is no delay in commencing the work.

Only research and EBP projects approved by your institutional review board (IRB) or that have been exempted in writing by your IRB will be funded. A copy of your IRB approval on IRB letterhead with an appropriate signature will be required prior to our funding your grant.  If you do not have IRB approval yet, that is not a problem. You may apply for a grant while IRB approval is pending. Just know we will not actually fund without written IRB approval.

The timeline you submit for your study or project should plan for completion of your work within 1 year of its start.

       Grant payment will only be issued to your institution or a specified fund at your institution, not to an individual investigator.

       Grant Awards - click here for information about Grant Types

       Research studies: Up to $7,500

       EBP projects: Up to $2,500

What We May Fund

What We Will Not Fund

  • Small equipment (such as recording devices)

  • Laptop computers and tablets such as iPads

  • Software, excluding SPSS and other statistical packages

  • Institutional overhead

  • Supplies 

  • CITI training

  • Printed materials for study

  • IRB review costs

  • Buy-out of clinical/staff nurses' time so they may participate as members of the study team

  • Compensation for:

    • Research Assistant time (includes hiring students)
    • Mentor time
    • Investigator time
    • Fringe benefits
    • Staff nurses' time when they are subjects of the study
    • Faculty compensation (except in a limited role as consultant on a unique aspect of the study
  • Data entry time

  • Statistician time

  • Incentives to participants (must be approved by IRB)



If Your Grant is Funded


At the half-way point and at the conclusion of your study or evidence-based practice project, we require a report from our Grantees. To review the requirements for these reports, please click on the following:

Interim Report   or   Final Report


If you receive funding from us, please recognize The DAISY Foundation upon publication/presentation of your research in the following way:

DAISY Foundation logo will be provided for your use. 

We will post the findings of your study on our web site and will discuss with you the specifics prior to our doing so.

Importantly, we require all Grantees to submit their work to Sigma Theta Tau International's Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library.  For further information on submitting to the Virginia Henderson Repository, please follow this link.  Your Library submission is not considered traditional publishing and you retain all copyrights to your work.

**It has come to our attention that Sigma Theta Tau International's Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library is unable to accept submissions to their Independent Submissions collections because they are in the process of transforming their review process to be more in line with the review process of traditional print journals. They have a page with more information here:


The DAISY Foundation must be notified by email ( should any member of the research team leave the institution.


If a project funded by The DAISY Foundation cannot be completed for any reason, the Foundation must be informed immediately and unspent funds must be returned to the Foundation. In summary, we will fund studies and projects that represent good science, will impact patients and their families in a direct way, and have potential outside one's own institution.

Application Forms:

To apply, the first step is to complete the Letter of Intent Application Form for your Research or Evidence-based Practice Project. Application will open in January, 2022.

Grant Program Panel (TBD):