Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Award and Nurse-led Project Grant

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Funding for the Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing at the Rockefeller University and the associated funds to support the Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Awards and Nurse-led Project Grants are made possible by a generous endowment from Helaine Lerner and her sister Joan Rechnitz in honor of their parents Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn


Registered nurses either in doctoral study within the last 2-3 years of his or her doctoral program (including dissertation), or graduate level nurses who have completed a research proposal, has demonstrated translational research competency, and/or is actively engaged in nursing science are eligible to apply for the following two opportunities: Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Award and Nurse-Led Project Grant.

1. Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Award is a stipend based year-long program that offers qualified graduate level registered nurses who demonstrate proven potential for independent research opportunity to engage in research focused activities at and with the support of The Rockefeller University(RU). Research projects may include dissertation-related research and/or other research study that will make a contribution to clinical research nursing practice and nursing research knowledge at The Rockefeller University and beyond.

The Nurse Scholar Award can be structured to support scholarly work within a doctoral or master’s program, including support for doctoral dissertation research work. Preference will be given to applicants that propose research studies that relate to the Clinical Research Program within The Rockefeller University Hospital (RUH). Please see Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Curriculum.

The Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Award will be individualized according to the project needs of each selected nurse fellow. Scholars may also choose to negotiate a non-salaried part time temporary assignment or appointment at The Rockefeller University with the potential option to apply for permanent appointment to the clinical or research staff at RUH at the end of the funded Scholar period.

2. Heilbrunn Nurse-led Project Grant is a grant program to fund nurse-led research projects that have been deemed by the RU-designated award reviewers to have clinical significance, scientific merit, and feasibility within the clinical setting. This opportunity does not require on-site participation, however, periodic on-site visits will be required and it is expected that the awardee participates in select research-related activities several times a year.

How to Apply:

Eligible applicants need to complete the proposal process (see addendum) and return the required documentation to Barry Coller, 1230 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065-6399 or electronically to Barry.Coller@rockefeller.edu.

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Applicants are required to submit the following materials for the Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Award and the Heilbrunn Nurse-led Project Grant Programs:

I. A clear, well-written project proposal that describes the:

  1. Scope, aims, and design of the scholar year and/or proposed grant project
  2. Projected time to devote to the proposed study per week
  3. Planned time at the Rockefeller University per week as applicable
  4. Rational for request for financial support need and how the scholar or grant award will serve the applicant
  5. All other sources of project funding, including the source, amount of funding, and planned use of those funds 
  6. Employment status /salary [full or part-time; salary by percent effort]

II. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s dissertation chair or mentor, Dean (for post –doc faculty applicants), or from an appropriate professional

III. Curriculum Vitae



Allowable use of funds for Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Awards:

  1. To serves as additional income to support the scholar’s time to conduct the study
  2. Scholar is required to report on the actual use of the award as part of the required annual scholar program report and final report at the end of the funded scholar year [and on request by the Director HCRN].
  3. Applicant/scholar may request to extend the scholar period over two years at no additional costs (total funding to individual per scholar award will not exceed $25,000).

Allowable use of funds for Heilbrunn Nurse-led Project Grant

1. Applicants are required to submit a line item budget with her application and report on actual expenditures at end of the funding timeframe and periodically as requested.

2. Grant funds are to be used for project-related costs: including design, implementation, data collection, analyses, dissemination, etc.

3. Funds can support project-related travel, with the exception of foreign travel, unless project related and only with the recommendations of Director, HCRN and ENRAC, and with approval by RU. 

4. Funds may not be used to support salaries and/or wage support

5. Funds may not be used for international travel, dues, or membership fees

6. Funds may not be used to purchase office supplies/communications postage.

7. Funds may not be used for honorarium fees, entertainment costs, meals and other categories as determined by the Director, the Heilbrunn Center for Research Nursing with review and concurrence by Rockefeller University fiscal/grants management staff, ENRAC members, and the donor representative.


The Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing and Mission Statement

The Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing serves as a resource for the development of programs and collaborations to promote research nursing as a profession on a local, national, and international level.  Through these efforts, the Center raises public awareness of research nursing as an integral component of clinical and translational science.

The mission of the Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing is to “Provide support for the development of nurses who lead and/or participate in clinical studies at The Rockefeller University Hospital, and who make essential contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge for the benefit of humanity.”