Research Award

Purpose of the Award

Iota Sigma chapter provides financial assistance to members who are conducting investigations on phenomena relevant to nursing.

Criteria for Awarding Grants

  1. Applicants are required to:
    1. Be registered nurses with a current license.
    2. Be ready to start or have started the research project.
    3. Have submitted a complete research application.
    4. Have signed research agreement with Iota Sigma [See Research Grant Application Form (Word DOC)].
  2. The grant award will be based on the quality of the proposed research, the past performance and future promise of the applicant, and the applicant's research budget.
  3. The Chapter Board of Iota Sigma will recommend the grant award recipient.
    Note: Preference will be given to Sigma Theta Tau members, other attributes being equal.

Grant Allocation

  1. Proposals should include a complete project budget specifying how the designated $1,000 award will be allocated.
  2. Duplicate funding is not permitted; however, dual or multiple sources of funding to make a larger study possible are permitted.
  3. The Research committee consists of three voting members: the research chair of Iota Sigma and two active members with earned doctorates and experience in research.
  4. Policies and procedures used in making the award are approved by the Iota Sigma Board members.
  5. The proposed deadline is February 28.

General Instructions for Applicant

  1. Send applications to the Iota Sigma Chapter on or before February 28.
  2. Submit electronically to the following subsections: (1) application form, (2) proposal narrative, and (3) appendices.
  3. A final report is to be submitted to the Iota Sigma Chapter within three months after completion of the study. Theses or dissertations are not acceptable as final reports. (See guidelines for preparation of the final report.)
  4. Awardee is required to present the completed study at the next Southern California Joint Research Conference following completion of the study.

Proposal Narrative

(Three to five pages, double spaced, APA format)

  1. Complete the attached cover sheet and submit it with project proposal.
  2. Purpose/goal of study: Clearly state what the study is intended to accomplish, and/or what research questions are to be answered, and/or what hypothesis(es) is (are) to be tested.
  3. Significance of the study: What is the potential contribution of the study to nursing?
  4. Research design and methods: Identify the research design.
    1. Subjects: Describe the target population and characteristics of the subjects. Include the number of subjects, the rationale for sample size, the sampling frame, and the sampling procedure.
    2. Instruments: Report the specific characteristics of the instruments, including their psychometric properties (reliability and validity). Address how the tool will be used. Include the measure in the Appendix.
    3. Procedures: Describe clearly the procedures for data collection, including types of data expected, and study protocol if interventions are involved.
    4. Data analysis: Describe the means by which the data will be analyzed and/or interpreted.
    5. Time frame: Provide a 12-month schedule that details the timing of the main steps of the study.
  5. Human subjects or animal use: Include a copy of the IRB approval of the data collection sites and a copy of the consent form in the Appendix.
  6. References: List the references cited in the proposal using APA format.
  7. Appendices (Include only if applicable.):
    1. Letters of support from thesis/dissertation advisor, co-investigator(s), and consultant(s)
    2. Résumé or curriculum vitae of principal investigator
    3. IRB approval form (if human subjects or animal use involved)
    4. Consent form
    5. Copy of paper/pencil instrument, interview format or other instruments, scoring instructions, and documentation of copyright permission when appropriate