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Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC) Research Fund

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The American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation) and the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC), the nation’s first database of nurse sensitive measures and a pioneer in health services research, established the CALNOC Research Fund (The Fund) in March 2021. The $2.5 million gift from CALNOC supports and fosters health services research in the ambulatory setting with a focus on the nursing profession’s contribution to improving health care delivery. This gift is the largest endowment in the Foundation’s history.

The substantial endowment to establish this Fund is a testament to and a celebration of the past efforts of CALNOC researchers and nurse scientists, as well as the contributions of nurses, nursing leaders, and executives who have championed quality and safety measurement to improve patient care.

This Endowment ensures the legacy of CALNOC will continue and flourish through the American Nurses Foundation. We are grateful for the Foundation and American Nurses Credentialing Center for their support and stewardship of this endeavor.” – Mary Foley, RN, PhD, FAAN, Chairperson of CALNOC

Research Areas of Interest

The Foundation will use this Fund as a vehicle for innovative research and scientific inquiry on the contributions of nursing practice in ambulatory care to patient care, safety, and quality. The Foundation, with counsel from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), will provide grants from the Fund.

“We are committed to advancing the quality of nursing and patient care. This Fund will enable nurses to continue their integral role of improving the quality and safety of patient care through research and innovation.” – Rebecca Graystone, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, ANCC

Studies funded should provide new evidence and/or support the existing evidence base on ambulatory nursing by focusing on the unique contribution of ambulatory nursing structures and processes to patient, family, and/or population outcomes. The current and subsequent funding cycles will encourage the growth of a cohesive body of research, each study extending knowledge gained across the trajectory of studies.

2022 Grant Award

In July 2022, the Foundation will issue a by-invitation-only request for proposals. This funding opportunity will culminate with the award of a single grant up to $200,000, for a period of 24 months.

Proposals submitted for funding should be of strong interest to the ambulatory nursing community as an opportunity to build the knowledge base for improving ambulatory care and outcomes. Studies should focus on understanding how and when ambulatory nurses (as individuals, groups/care units, or within interdisciplinary teams) contribute to improvements in quality and cost of health care through the structures of ambulatory care services, ambulatory nursing processes, and/or leveraging the unique role of the ambulatory nurse within interdisciplinary ambulatory health care services. Research topics of this request must focus on generating new knowledge about the value of ambulatory nurses/nursing related to one or more of the following:

a) Tele, virtual, and/or digital health
b) Care coordination and transition management
c) Population health
d) Addressing social determinants of health
e) Improving access to and continuity in ambulatory care
f) Achieving equity in ambulatory care


As additional research grant opportunities open, notice will be posted to this webpage.

If you would like to receive direct notice of new grant opportunities, please send an email to NursingResearchGrants@ana.org with the subject line "CALNOC research grant notifications" and include your name, organization, and email address. You will be added to the email distribution list to receive updates when new open grant opportunities are posted.


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