Applications are now open for the 2023 Illinois Nurses Foundation (INF) grants. Illinois nursing research grants from INF are available for registered professional nurses, APRNs, and nursing students to advance professional nursing practice; enhance safe, quality patient care; and promote innovative solutions.

Funding is available for a wide range of projects. Applications are reviewed by a committee biannually. Submission deadlines are April 1, 2023, and October 1, 2023.


Illinois Nursing Research Grants Available

INF encourages Illinois RNs, APRNs, and nursing students to apply for grants of up to $5,000. The committee reviews applications for three grants: Seed Grant, Small Grant, and Large Grant.

Seed Grant
Take your good idea to the next level with a Seed Grant. INF Seed Grants can be used for a broad range of projects—from demonstration projects to background research. Use grants of up to $500 for small projects or to do the groundwork needed to apply for a larger grant in the future.

Small Grant
Get your educational initiative, clinical study, or research project off the ground with an INF Small Grant. Small grant funds of $1,500 or less are awarded twice each year and can be used for a variety of projects.

Large Grant
INF is here to help you launch your big project. Apply for an INF Large Grant to fund your clinical study, educational initiative, or innovative healthcare solution. Large grant funds of $5,000 or less are awarded biannually.


About Illinois Nursing Research Grants from INF

In 2014, ANA-Illinois spearheaded a piece of legislation for a nurse specialty license plate. Each plate secures a $20 / year donation to INF to promote the health of the public. As of June 2016, the requirements for the production of the plates had been achieved and funding for the grant program has been made possible from the proceeds of the plates.

The grant program is designed to empower any nurse with a commitment to research to lead healthcare change.


How to Apply for 2023 Illinois Nursing Research Grants from INF

All Registered Nurses who reside in the state of Illinois are eligible for INF grants. Nurses of all levels and expertise—both in academia and in clinical settings—are encouraged to apply.

Funding is considered towards all studies that contribute towards the advancement of nursing science, and the enhancement of patient care.

The lead applicant (principal investigator/project manager) must be an Illinois resident. If the applicant is submitting the grant request on behalf of a healthcare or educational organization, the organization must have a presence in Illinois. Likewise, a nursing program in a college or university seeking funds must be located in Illinois.

All grant submissions must be submitted electronically, and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review INF grant application procedures (includes an Appendix A with all grant application questions).


INF Nursing Research Grants Awarded in 2022

The following grants were awarded as part of the Public Health Nurse Academic Practice Partnership Project led by Robin Hannon, MSN, RN, the RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader, and were funded by RWJF.  The Illinois Nurses Foundation served as the fiscal agent for the grant.

Project Title: Building Public Health Acumen Within RN To BSN Students
PI: Jan Albers, McKendree University/Lawrence County Health Department
Grant Collaborators: Jan Albers DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, Assistant Professor, McKendree University; Amy Marley, Administrator, Lawrence County Health Department

Project Title: Development of a STD Toolkit for High Schools in Vermilion County
PI: Amanda Sperry, University of Illinois at Chicago/Vermilion County Health Department
Grant Collaborators: Amanda Sperry MSN, RN, PEL-CSN, UIC; Krista Jones DNP, MSN, PHNA-BC, RN, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Julie Fruhling BSN, RN-BC, Community Health Educator, Vermilion County Health Department

Project Title: Implement a Poverty Simulation to Increase Interdisciplinary understanding of the Social Determinants of Health
PI: Nanci Reiland, Lewis University/Will County Health Department/MAPP Collaborative
Grant Collaborators: Nanci Reiland DNP, MSN RN PHNA-BC, Assistant Professor, Lewis University; Laura Wilmarth-Tyna, Director of Community Engaged Learning, Lewis University; Shawn West MBA, SPHR, Executive Director, Will-Grundy Medical Center, Nicole Garrett, MAPP Collaborative Coordinator, Will County Health Department

Project Title: Health Education and Literacy Program (HELP)
PI: Robin Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago/Altus Academy
Grant Collaborators: Robin Johnson DNP, APRN, PNP-PC, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Susan Walsh DNP, APRN, PNP-PC, FAAN, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, Acute and Primary Care, University of Illinois at Chicago; John P. Heybach, PhD., Founder & President Altus Academy

Project Title: Increase Awareness of Public Health Services In Fulton County

PI: Patricia Eathington, Western Illinois University/Fulton County Health Department
Grant Collaborators: Dr. Patricia Eathington BSN, MS, DNP, RN, Associate Professor, Western Illinois University; Kati Lynn MPH, LEHP, REHS, Administrator, Fulton County Health Department

Project Title: Practical Titration of Insulin in Type 2 Diabetes: Efficient Insulin Titration for Clinic Providers

PI: Dr. Daisy Sherry, Lewis University/Bolingbrook Christian Health Center
Grant Collaborators: Dr. Daisy Sherry, Ph.D., CNP, RN, Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Director of DNP program, Lewis University; Dr. Susan Davis ND, APRN, FNP-BC, Executive Director, Bolingbrook Christian Health Center

Learn more about applying for nursing research grants from INF in 2023.