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Sigma/ANCC Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Grant

Deadline: July 1, 2023

Application Guidelines


The Sigma/American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Grant encourages nurses in clinical settings to apply evidence to practice and evaluate the effects on patient outcomes.

Grant Details

Grants available: 1 annually
Funding: US $20,000
Deadline: 1 July 2023
Award notification: Late August 2023
Funding date: 1 November 2023


ANCC Research Symposium

Save the date: October 11, 2023, in Chicago, Il. Registration opening soon!

The call for oral presentation and poster proposals has closed.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Institute for Nursing Research and Quality Management invites staff nurses, RNs/APRNs, clinical nurse scientists and other researchers, research fellows/residents and mentors, faculty, administrators, educators, and students to submit a proposal for a presentation or poster at the ANCC 2023 Research Symposium, Engaging Minds and Empowering Nursing Research, held as a pre-conference to the ANCC National Magnet Conference® and Pathway to Excellence Conference® in Chicago, IL on October 11, 2023.

The theme of this year’s symposium is bolstering nursing and interprofessional research capacity and addressing the many challenges faced in establishing and maintaining practice-based nursing research.

See what attendees said about the 2022 ANCC Research Symposium

Download ANCC Research Priorities

ANCC Research Council’s Mission and strategic priorities align with the ANAEnterpriseMission, Vision and values.

Research Council Mission: Shape the future of nursing and health care by building capacity for a culture of inquiry that advances interprofessional,practice-based research.

Strategic priorities include:

  • Health care access.
  • Safety and quality of care.
  • Health and well-being of nurses.
  • Diversity, equity,and inclusion.
  • Professional identitydevelopment.
  • Environmental sustainability.


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Rigorous, high-quality nursing research creates an evidence base that advances nursing practice, shapes health policy, and contributes to improving nurse, patient, and system outcomes. Yet, too often, nurse researchers conduct studies that are narrow in scope, underpowered, or lack elements such as a comparison group, thereby limiting generalizability of results and application in practice. Multi-site studies offer the opportunity to increase the rigor of research and the generalizability of findings.

Multi-site studies leverage the power of Magnet® and other research-engaged nursing organizations to conduct research across multiple units and settings. Options for research designs are expanded with larger and more diverse samples. These studies require more planning and coordination, yet also provide opportunities to increase staff engagement in the research process, grow research capacity within and among organizations, and address research questions that cannot be effectively evaluated through a single-site study.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), in collaboration with the ANCC Research Council, has facilitated multi-site research studies since 2010 as a strategy to increase research capacity within organizations and to help organizations credentialed through the Magnet Recognition Program® meet criterion requirements. Lessons learned from these multi-site studies have been collated into this practical research playbook, creating a road map for nurse researchers at all levels and across all types of settings.

The target audiences for this playbook are hospital and health system researchers from organizations where nurses practice, nurse administrators who lead research-engaged health care organizations, and nurse researchers from academia who partner with these entities to conduct practice-relevant nursing research. The playbook is not intended to be a comprehensive textbook for multi-site studies, but rather a practical guidebook. The hope is that readers are inspired by the contents to consider opportunities to develop multi-site studies when appropriate to their research questions.


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