The WNRCASN Research Award was launched in 1998 by the Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Executive and its members. The first award was granted in 1999. WNRCASN has extended this initial award to include a Teaching Innovation Award and a Graduate Student Research Award. All awards are available to WNRCASN members only. The WNRCASN Research Award is intended to support the research activities of WNRCASN members who wish to investigate issues related to nursing education. Research within this focus may be directed to any aspect of nursing education, issues of importance to faculty members or students, strategies pertaining to teaching and learning, or curricular challenges.
One research award will be funded up to $5000. It is expected that the research will be completed within a two-year period.
1. Applicants must be faculty members who hold active membership in WNRCASN as of September of the applicant year or prior to submission of the application.
2. The proposed research must relate to nursing education.
3. This award is intended to fund nursing education research proposals.
4. Proposals that arise from graduate studies are not eligible for the WNRCASN Research Award. Faculty members who are members of WNRCASN and are also graduate students may apply to the Graduate Student Research Award to fund their theses or dissertations. Graduate students studying at a WNRCASN-affiliated educational institution (and who are members of WNRCASN) may also apply for the Graduate Student Research Award.
Note: If for any reason, the successful applicant cannot complete the project within two years, the award will not be deferred. In those circumstances, the award must be relinquished and the second-ranked applicant will be offered the award.
Each application must be submitted electronically and must include the following:
1. Personal data: Please ensure that all personal data are on a separate page which will be removed from the proposal prior to review in order to facilitate a blind review. All identifying information within the proposal will be obscured for the review process.
2. Project proposal: Should include:
- an abstract,
- a clear concise description of the project,
- literature review,
- method and procedures, including problem statement/research question, hypothesis and assumptions
- ethical considerations,
- relevance, and potential contribution to nursing education.
Please limit the proposal to 5 pages, single spaced, one sided, 12 font with 2.5 cm margins. Put the project title (or a three word précis of the title) in the header.
3. Budget: Personnel and materials expenses only (conference expenses will not be covered). Please specify if funding is expected or has been obtained from other sources. Budget should be a maximum of one page in addition to the proposal. The money will not be released to the successful researcher until ethical approval has been received and a copy of the certificate submitted.
4. Schedule of activities: Include a time line of project completion. The funded proposal must be completed within a two year period following award of the funds.
5. Please submit your application and proposal electronically in pdf format by midnight December 11 to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Reports: It is expected that an annual report will be submitted to WNRCASN Executive outlining the progress of the study (i.e., completed activities, remaining activities, and expected date of completion). This report is due one year after the award date. Further, it is expected that a two-page summary report outlining the major findings will be submitted to WNRCASN Executive at the completion of the study.
2. Budget: Approximately 10% of the budget allowance may be moved from one line to another, as long as an explanation is provided to justify same. If the study cannot be completed as intended, all award monies must be reimbursed to WNRCASN. Funds will be released to the successful applicant on submission of certificate of ethical approval to the WNRCASN Secretary-Treasurer.
3. As an award recipient, the successful candidate(s) will be asked to provide a recent photo and a one page project overview (300 words) to be posted on the WNRCASN website.
4. Research funds must be deposited into a research account with the successful candidate’s educational institution. Funds will be sent to the successful candidate once the ethical approval certificate has been submitted to the WNRCASN Secretary-Treasurer.
5. WNRCASN must be credited with funding support in all public dissemination of the project.
Decisions for awards will be based on the quality of the application