Requirements After Receiving an Award

Grant Award Funding

Successful applicants will be notified by approximately February 15.

Grant awards are determined by the reviewing body according to the guidelines for the program and budget. Grantees will be paid by check from the AACN national office.

Funds will be awarded to the investigator or the investigator’s institution, depending on the preference of the grantee. If funds are awarded directly to an investigator, IRS Form 1099 will be issued to that investigator at the end of the calendar year.

Unspent funds must be returned to AACN within six months of completion of the project.

In the event the funded principal investigator transfers to another institution during the term of the grant, the funds will remain provided the institution can supply documentation that another qualified person can complete the research. If no appropriately qualified researcher at the original institution can complete the funded study, the funds will be transferred to the principal investigator’s new institution.

Progress Reports

Grantees are required to submit annual progress reports and a final progress report to AACN. Reports are due March 1 of each year.

If the research or project cannot be conducted within the stipulated timeframe, a change in timeline must be requested and approved or the unspent funds must be returned to AACN.

Changes in timelines must be requested in writing by email and will be approved in writing only.

Acknowledgment of Sponsor Support

Grantees must acknowledge the financial support (full or in part) of AACN and the applicable co-sponsor in all publications and presentations. For example, "This project was funded by a grant from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses."

Use of Animal Models in Research

All studies using animal models must adhere to AACN’s policy on the use of animal models in research and evidence must be attached that studies involving animals have been reviewed by the Animal Care Committee.

Abstract Submission and Presentation

As part of the final research report, grantees are required to submit an abstract. We encourage grantees to independently publish or present the results of their study or project.

We also strongly recommend that all award recipients submit an abstract for consideration for oral or poster presentation at the annual National Teaching Institute. Please contact AACN staff directly if you would like to present your study results at NTI. Do not submit through the regular abstract review process.

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