Research

The ONS Foundation advances oncology nursing science, providing research grants and career development awards.

A major goal of the ONS Foundation is to provide funding to support the ONS research agenda. The ONS Foundation research grant program provides financial support for two of the major goals of the ONS research agenda: (1) To increase the knowledge base for oncology nursing practice, and (2) To prepare future oncology nurse researchers. The detailed ONS Research Agenda can be found on the ONS website.

Research grant review criteria and helpful grant writing resources are available below:

Oncology Nurse Scientist Intensive

The ONS Foundation Oncology Nurse Scientist Intensive will be held on Tuesday evening, April 26 and all day, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 prior to the 41st ONS Congress in San Antonio, Texas.

PURPOSE: To expand the scientific foundation for oncology nursing practice and improvement of the quality of healthcare for people impacted by cancer through a mentoring and networking opportunity for oncology nurse scientists.

ELIGIBILITY: All applicants must have completed a PhD (research doctorate) degree within the past 10 years (degrees must have been conferred in 2006 or later) and submit a letter of intent via the online submission process using the instructions attached no later than 11:59 pm eastern time on December 1, 2015.
Ten (10) participants will be competitively selected based on the evaluation of the Letter of Intent.

DESCRIPTION: 1) National forum designed to enable mentoring and networking between distinguished oncology nurse scientists (faculty) and competitively selected PhD prepared oncology nurse scientists early in their research career (participants). 2) Involvement of all participants in a mock research study section. The participants’ research grant proposals will be critiqued and discussed during the mock study section. The faculty will serve as primary and secondary reviewers for the applications and participants will have the opportunity to score all applications except their own. 3) Participants will work in small groups with faculty to utilize the critiques and mock study section comments to improve their proposals for submission to a selected research funding organization.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the completion of the ONS Foundation Oncology Nurse Scientist Intensive, participants will have: 1) Prepared and submitted a research grant proposal for review during a mock research study section. 2) Served as a member of a study section for other participants’ research grant proposals. 3) Identified areas of strength within their research grant proposal. 4) Identified areas within their research grant proposal that need to be strengthened and/or improved. 5) Developed a plan and timeline to revise their research grant proposal.

Letters of Intent: Due December 1, 2015
Applications (Invited): Due March 15, 2015

FACULTY PROVISIONS AND EXPECTATIONS:

Oncology Nurse Scientist Intensive Faculty will be provided with:

  • Honoraria of $1,000
  • Airfare to/from San Antonio
  • Two night’s hotel, parking, meals while traveling, airport transportation and luggage fees incurred during the 2 day program. The hotel room will be arranged by the ONS Foundation
  • Tuesday evening welcome reception
  • Program breakfast, lunch and breaks

Oncology Nurse Scientist Intensive Faculty will be expected to:

  • Participate in one preparatory conference call prior to the Intensive
  • Review 5 grant proposals as either primary or secondary reviewer using the ONS Foundation Research Grant Program Review Worksheet (uses NIH review criteria) between March 15 and April 11, 2016
  • Submit written critiques to research@onsfoundation.org no later than April 11, 2016
  • Participate in Intensive Welcome Reception the evening of April 26, 2016 in San Antonio, TX
  • Participate in the Intensive full day program on April 27, 2016 in San Antonio, TX including:
    • Presenting a summary (if primary reviewer) and critique (both reviewers) of your assigned proposals during the mock study section of the program
    • Discussing of all 10 proposals during the mock study section
    • Mentoring and facilitating discussion during two afternoon mentoring sessions with 2 different participants during each session (total of 4 participants). The focus of the mentoring and discussion will be on the critiques provided and discussion during the mock study section to guide each participant to develop a plan and timeline to improve their proposal prior to submission to their selected funding organization
    • Evaluating the program and experience with the participants and other faculty at the end of the program
Instructions/Applications Purpose Deadline
Instructions for Letters of Intent and Applications

To expand the scientific foundation for oncology nursing practice and improvement of the quality of healthcare for people impacted by cancer through a mentoring and networking opportunity for oncology nurse scientists.

Letter of Intent:
12/1/2015

Research Grants

To fund studies designed to increase scientific knowledge

Research Grants

ONS Foundation provides three types of research grant funding mechanisms:

1) Dissertation research grants up to $5,000 for PhD student registered nurses actively pursuing a career in some aspect of cancer patient care, education or research. Available annually with required Letters of Intent due August 15 and Applications due September 15 each year

2) Research grants up to $25,000 for investigator initiated research projects that address the ONS Research Agenda. Available annually with required Letters of Intent due August 15 and Applications due September 15 each year

3) Special topic research grants, for amounts greater than $25,000. Notification of funding opportunities is posted when funding becomes available.

Current Funding Opportunities

Award Purpose Deadline
2016 Dissertation Research Grant

Purpose: Grants designed to support oncology nursing research for PhD dissertations.
Funding: up to $5,000

Letter of Intent:
8/15

Application:
9/15
2016 Research Grant

Purpose: Grants designed to support oncology nursing research conducted by beginning and experienced researchers.

In addition to general oncology nursing topics, the ONS Foundation has partnered with other organizations to offer the following grants.

SPECIAL RESEARCH GRANTS AND/OR GRANTS WITH A SPECIFIC FOCUS
Certification, Nursing Education, and/or Outcomes Research Grant
Sponsored by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
Trish Greene Pain Assessment and Management Research Grant
Sponsored by Purdue Pharma
ONS/Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing
Sponsored by ONS and the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing

Funding: up to $25,000

Letter of Intent:
8/15

Application:
9/15

Researcher Career Development Awards

Designed to provide support for activities related to developing research skills.

Award Purpose Deadline
Research Career Development Award

Purpose: This award funds activities to increase the recipient's knowledge and experience related to further developing his/her program of research by supporting short-term oncology research education training and mentorship.

Funding: $20,000 (including $2,000 for mentor or mentor's institution)

Letter of Intent:
6/1/2015

Application:
7/1/2015

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