The Center for Nursing Research & Innovation
Stanford University School of Nursing (SUSN) Alumnae Legacy Grants
- Grant Development Guidelines -
SUSN LEGACY Proposal Development and Review Process
New SUSN LEGACY projects are funded each year. The proposal
development and submission process begins with an idea, question
or issue that is congruent with the aims of the Legacy and advances
innovative research and demonstration projects that enhance nurses'
capacity to deliver comprehensive health services to patients and
their families across the continuum of care. The Center for Nursing Research & Innovation will assist individuals
with good ideas, questions or issues to study in confirming the
strategic significance of the idea and in forming SUSN Legacy project
teams as needed and clarifying budget parameters.
Once the SUSN Legacy project team is established and has refined
their project design further, the next step is to summarize the
proposed project in a 3-5 page "Concept Letter" that describes
the project aim(s), strategic significance, expected impacts on
patient care nursing practice, education, and administration; project
methods, and any relevant measures or evaluation strategies. A detailed
timeline and budget (expected to range from $5-10K per project)
must be attached to the concept letter as appendices.
Concept Letters will be reviewed and evaluated as to merit by the
SUSN LEGACY Review Panel, consisting of representatives from SUSN
Alumnae, Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, Lucile Packard
Children's Hospital at Stanford Patient Care Services, and the Center,
for evidence of strategic significance, rigorous methods, feasibility,
and clinical and scientific merit. Because limited funds may not
make it possible to fund every proposed project, it is crucial that
Concept Letters, Attachments and CVs be comprehensive and in sufficient
detail to effectively compete for SUSN LEGACY grant awards.
Following review of Concept Letters, including proposed project
timelines, budgets and team member qualifications, exemplary quality
improvement or innovation evaluation projects not requiring Committee
for Human Research (CHR) Review will be approved for expedited funding
and project teams notified. Collaborative teams proposing
approved quality improvement or innovation evaluation projects selected
to receive a SUSN LEGACY grant must confirm final budget details,
timelines, methods and team members with the SUSN LEGACY Review
Investigators proposing research studies in their
concept letters, that are viewed favorably for funding by the SUSN
Legacy Review Panel, will also be notified and invited to submit
a more fully developed proposal for final approval and then obtain
CHR clearance before SUSN Legacy funding is confirmed. The Center
Director, in collaboration with the SUSN Legacy Review Panel, will
work with project teams, as needed, to facilitate the review and
approval of more fully developed proposals by the Panel and the
CHR. Fully developed proposals for research studies that
have been viewed favorably for funding must be submitted. Final
review by the SUSN Legacy Review Panel will be expedited and Project
Teams will be notified of the Panel's funding decision. It is expected
that approved research studies will then be reviewed and
approved by the CHR prior to SUSN Legacy funding.
SUSN Legacy projects are expected to be conducted and completed
within a continuous 10-month period following appropriate approvals.
Dissemination of Legacy Project Results
Project teams are expected to actively disseminate project results
in a 3-6 page summary report submitted to the Center upon completion
of the project and to present findings in a podium or poster format
at the annual UCSF Stanford Patient Care Services Research Day Conference.
All publications and presentations are expected to acknowledge the
SUSN Legacy and Stanford University as project sponsors.
For More Information
For further information, contact the SUSN Legacy Grant Coordinator,
Nancy Donaldson, RN, DNSc, FAAN, Director of
the Center for Nursing Research & Innovation.
Brochure in PDF file.
Concept Letter Review Sheet in PDF file.