J. Patrick Barnes Grants: Goals & Guidelines

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J. Patrick Barnes

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 own inquisitiveness to benefit patient care.

Program Goals

For the DAISY Foundation: Funding research and evidence-based practice projects links our yearning to impact 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 in an effort 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

To view a webinar explaining these guidelines and offering advice on how to submit a successful application, click here.

To be eligible, the principal investigator of the study must be a registered nurse with a current license.

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.

It is imperative that nurse clinicians 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.

Applicants should be ready to implement their projects immediately following funding from The DAISY Foundation. This is one reason why our application requires you 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 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 IRB approval.

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

Checks will only be written to your institution or a specified fund at your institution, not to an individual investigator.

Research- $7,500

EBP- $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


**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: https://www.sigmarepository.org/open-peer-review/

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 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.


The DAISY Foundation must be notified by email (bonniebarnes@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.

Application Forms:

To apply, the first step is to complete the Letter of Intent Application Form for your Research or Evidence-based Practice Project. Click Here to apply now! 

Grant Program Panel:

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