Research/EBP 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 own inquisitiveness to benefit patient care.

We are especially grateful for funding of our grant program by GetWellNetwork. This interactive patient care system is an evidence-based platform for patient, family and nurse engagement. GetWellNetwork is dedicated to helping nurses improve both patient satisfaction and outcomes. To that end, they established the Institute for Interactive Patient Care to support research to quantify the impact of patient engagement on quality and safety. GetWellNetwork's commitment to nurses, patient care and research makes it a natural sponsor of our work.

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 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.


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
CITI training
Printed materials for study
IRB review costs
 Buy-out of clinical/staff nurses' time so they may lead or participate as members of the study team (clinical nurse - includes Advanced Practice Nurses)
Research Assistant time (Includes hiring students)
Data entry time
Research Assistant time (Includes hiring students)
Statistician time
Mentor time
Subject incentives to participate in the study (must be approved by IRB)
Investigator time (i.e., individual whose primary role is research - not clinical practice)
Staff nurses' compensation when they are subjects of the study, as opposed to members of the research team
Faculty compensation (except in limited role as consultant on unique aspect of project)

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

Final Report



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.



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.