J. Patrick Barnes Grants

Patrick was a very inquisitive person by nature. He loved to collect information, and you never knew when or how he would use it constructively in a discussion. (Not to mention the fact that he was a whiz at Trivial Pursuit!) So, it is fitting in his memory to support nurses in the clinical application of their inquisitiveness to benefit patient care.

Click below to jump to information about:

-Program Goals
-General Guidelines and Requirements
-What is Funded
-Advice & Tips on Submitting a Successful Application
-Letters of Intent and Applications
-If Your Grant is Funded- Required Reports
-Publishing Your Work
-Lynne Doll Grant
-View Grant Panel
Program Goals

For the DAISY Foundation: Funding research and evidence-based practice projects links our yearning to impact the treatment of patients with auto-immune diseases and cancer and our passion for the compassionate work nurses do in healthcare facilities all over the world. 

For Nurse Researchers: This program provides support for nurses who:

  • Continually evaluate their practice
  • Seek answers to clinical questions to improve their practice
  • Change their practice based on evidence and evaluation of that change

For Patients with Auto-Immune Diseases and Cancer: Nurses will improve care outcomes as a result of their findings!

General Guidelines and Requirements for Research Grants and EBPs

To be eligible, the principal investigator of the study must be a registered nurse with a current license and the Principal Investigator (PI) must be a nurse currently employed or formally affiliated with a clinical setting with direct patient care involvement. Funds may be awarded for new projects, projects in progress, and projects required for an academic degree as long as all other project criteria are met.

Research must impact patients or family members of patients with an auto-immune disease or cancer. While we recognize the vital importance of caring for nurses in improving outcomes for patients, our grants are exclusively for studies or evidence-based practice projects that directly benefit patients and/or their families. If your work will not directly include patients or their families with cancer or an auto-immune disease, your study or project will not be considered.

Nurse clinicians must play a meaningful role in your study or project in its conceptualization, data collection, analysis, and/or reporting. You will be asked to describe the role of staff nurses both in your letter of intent and application to ensure that this program is enhancing the research/EBP knowledge and experience of nurse clinicians.

We seek studies whose findings will be transferable to other organizations and practitioners once they are completed.

We encourage you to identify a Mentor, especially if you are less experienced in applying for a research grant.

Applicants should be ready to implement their projects immediately following funding from The DAISY Foundation. This is one reason why our application requires you to provide evidence of permission to use the tools you propose.

Only projects approved by your IRB or which have been exempted in writing by your IRB will be funded. A copy of your IRB approval on IRB letterhead and with an appropriate signature will be required before we fund 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 fund without IRB approval.

Studies and projects should plan to be completed within one year of starting the work.

In all cases including DNP projects, your application must demonstrate how clinical nurses will play an integral role in project work.

The Project Leader/Team Leader must be a nurse who is currently employed or formally affiliated with a clinical setting with direct patient care involvement. 

A Project Mentor is strongly recommended for each grant application. We encourage Applicants to find a Mentor in your  institution, nearby school of nursing, or community. If you desire a Mentor and are unable to find one, The DAISY Foundation will provide time-limited mentor support.

Mentors will provide the following benefits which will be especially helpful for less experienced Applicants:

  • Help potential DAISY Grant Applicants become familiar with resources and problem-solve grant issues or concerns
  • Advise and refer Applicants to appropriate internal and external resources
  • Establish availability by phone or email to Applicants
  • Review grant applications and provide feedback/guidance as needed

Your Mentor should be an established Advanced Practice Nurse who provides support in the development and submission of an evidence-based practice grant. Mentors will assist Applicants in the development of the grant application, serving as a coach and advising the Mentee throughout the project.

Before you submit your application, please be sure your project is ready to implement as soon as you receive IRB approval or exemption and grant funding.  All tools need to be in place with permission for you to use them.

Add “Specific to” Evidence-based Practice (EBP) grants will be awarded to stimulate the use of patient-focused data and/or previously generated research findings to develop, implement and evaluate changes in nursing practice in the treatment of patients with cancer and auto-immune diseases. We encourage nurses who have research/EBP experience as well as those who do not apply.

Funds for Evidence-Based Practice projects may be awarded for new projects, projects in progress, and projects required for an academic degree as long as all other project criteria are met.

Eligible projects may include research utilization or evidence-based practice projects, performance improvement initiatives that are based on evidence, or outcomes evaluation projects.

Interdisciplinary and collaborative projects are encouraged and may involve interdisciplinary teams, multiple nursing units, home health, sub-acute and transitional care, and other institutions or community agencies. The team must be nurse-led. An implementation plan is needed to promote adoption of the evidence-based intervention by the clinical team.

We will not fund tool development as part of EBP projects.

You will be asked which EBP process model your study will follow. Which one is your choice (e.g., Iowa Model, Johns Hopkins Model, or another used in your organization), but please assure us that a systematic and disciplined process to evaluate the outcomes of your initiative will be in place to structure your work. We are especially interested in your process and outcomes indicators/measures.

We want you to be successful, so please read the notes on the application carefully as they will guide you to writing a successful application.

To read examples of successful EBP grant applications, click here.

Research- $10,000

EBP- $2,500

What We Will Fund

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 a consultant on a unique aspect of the study
  • Data entry time

  • Statistician time

  • Incentives to participants (must be approved by IRB)

Tips on Submitting a Successful Application

DAISY’s Bonnie Barnes talked with Review Panel Chair Dr. Margaret Barton-Burke, Ph.D., RN, FAAN on submitting a successful grant. View the conversation here.

View a webinar explaining our guidelines in further detail and additional advice on submitting a successful application from former Grantee and member of the Grant review board Kelly Brassil, PhD, RN, AOCNS, ACNS-BC here.

Catching Up with Past Grantees: See how their funds were used, information disseminated, and tips and advice for future applicants here and listen to past grant recipients Anne Delengowski, Director of Oncology Nursing Education, and Michelle Lasota, Medical Oncology Nurse from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital talk about the impact of receiving a DAISY Research Grant.

See a listed recap of 10 tips from reviewers on what things to consider when applying and what they look for in a successful submission here.

Letters of Intent
Application Forms
Required Reports

If your grant is approved, at the halfway 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


The DAISY Foundation must be notified by email (FaithThomas@DAISYfoundation.org) 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.

Publishing Your Work

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

  • Funding provided by The DAISY Foundation’s J. Patrick Barnes Grant for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects
  • A DAISY Foundation logo will be provided for your use. 
  • We will post the findings of your study on our website and will discuss with you the specifics prior to our doing so.

In your letter of agreement provided with your grant application, you committed to submitting your presentation to the Sigma Repository. Please provide your presentation, either as slides (PowerPoint) or your poster, and the corresponding abstract, for inclusion in the Sigma Repository (www.SigmaRepository.org) by completing this form: https://sigmanursing.formstack.com/forms/daisy_grant_report.

  • The Sigma Repository is a free resource of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma). It was created for nurses and nursing students to disseminate materials not made available through traditional publishing methods. Only nurses and nursing students may submit material. Sigma membership is not required. 
  • The repository allows authors to experience the benefits of dynamic dissemination and the dissemination of posters with abstracts does not interfere with the later publication of the full-length work in a peer-reviewed journal. Presenters can quantify the global impact of their work through the repository’s publicly available view and download statistics and Altmetric subscription which allows presenters to track online mentions of their work on a variety of platforms.
  • Copyright is retained by submitters. The permanent web link to each submission may be cited on a resume, personal/faculty web page, tenure dossier, or curriculum vitae. Submissions are permanently stored on secure servers.
Lynne Doll Grant

Lynne Doll Grants for the Dissemination of Findings - For Successful J. Patrick Barnes Research/Evidence-Based Practice Grantees - Guidelines (up to $2,000)

The DAISY Foundation will help successful Grantees whose work we fund share the results of their findings with other nurses and institutions.

Once funded EBP projects and Research studies are completed, Grantees may apply for subsequent funding to present findings at one professional conference. This grant application must be submitted and approved before any travel takes place. Applications for presentations already made will not be funded.  Only one (1) Lynne Doll Grant will be available for each study, funding expenses for one (1) conference.

This subsequent grant will provide up to $2,000 for the following specific conference-related expenses:

  • The registration fee to present at a professional conference
  • Round-trip economy airfare
  • 2 nights' hotel stay
  • Transportation to/from the conference city airport (not to/from your home to your home airport)
  • $50 per diem food expense not to exceed $100
  • Poster production (if poster presentation)

Funds will only be provided to Grantees whose projects have been approved for presentation by a professional conference. Once your grant is approved, we will inform your grant office that we will reimburse you for expenses only when you have submitted actual receipts to us and a photo and proof of your presentation (a copy of the program where your presentation is listed).                                          

Click here for the application

Click here for reimbursement                                  

This program is named in memory of DAISY Board member, Lynne Doll, who championed our research program and dedicated her professional public relations expertise to ensuring that nurses knew of the availability of funding for their work. Lynne was a strong proponent of ensuring that great work be shared, so we lovingly name these grants in her honor.

View Grant Panel

Applications are reviewed by a volunteer team of nurse scientists whose special focus is on research and evidence-based practice:
Margaret Barton-Burke, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Elizabeth Bridges, Ph.D., RN, CCNS, FAAN, University of Washington Medical Center
Kelly Brassil, Ph.D., RN, AOCNS, ACNS-BC, Pack Health
Gina Bufe, RN, Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC, Mercy Health System, St Louis
Jean Ann Connor, Ph.D., RN, CPNP, FAAN, Boston Children's Hospital
Laura Cullen, MA, RN, FAAN, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, Ph.D., RN, University of Washington Tacoma, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Ann M. Dylis, Ph.D., RN, Independent Research Consultant
Anna Gawlinski, RN, DNSc, FAAN, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA School of Nursing
Élise Arsenault Knudsen MS, RN, ACNSBC, University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
Mary Beth Flynn Makic, RN, Ph.D., CNS, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN, FNAP University of Colorado College of Nursing; University of Colorado Hospital
Kathy Oman, RN, Ph.D., FAEN, FAAN, University of Colorado Hospital
Patricia Thomas, RN, Ph.D., Trinity Home Health Services