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Eligibility Requirements and Submission for AACN Grants

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Current AACN membership is required. Principal investigators must be registered nurses holding current AACN membership at the time of submission and must remain AACN members throughout the life of the grant funding.

Principal investigators must hold an earned master's degree or have completed candidacy requirements in a BSN-to-PhD or DNP program.

Applicants for the AACN-Sigma Theta Tau Critical Care Grant must hold membership in either AACN or Sigma Theta Tau, International.

The following are ineligible:

  • Principal investigators who have previously received AACN grant funding are ineligible for additional funding during the lifetime of their original awards (defined as enrollment of the first subject to completion of data analyses and preparation of abstract for presentation or publication of study findings)
  • Members of the AACN Research Grant Review Panel are ineligible during their term of review
  • Current members of the AACN Board of Directors and AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors are ineligible

Members of the AACN and AACN Certification Corporation Boards of Directors may not serve as consultants on grants during their term of office.


All proposal submissions are due by 5 p.m. (Pacific time) on October 30, at which time the online portal will close. Please allow adequate time to upload all your documents. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Submissions will be treated as privileged communication with access restricted to members of the AACN Research Grant Review Panel, board of directors and appropriate national office staff.

Submissions must be prepared and uploaded according to the published instructions. See Applying for an AACN Grant.

Please review your files before beginning the upload. No changes to submitted materials can be made after uploading.

Principal investigators must submit their own materials. PIs must sign in with AACN member ID and upload documents on the AACN grants submission page. (This is a computer system requirement.)

Submissions cannot be submitted after the deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

After submitting, principal investigators will receive an email acknowledging the receipt of the grant application materials. Notification of the decisions of the review panel will be made by Feb 15.