Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Award

Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Request For Proposals

Learn more about the previous award recipients

Funding for the Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing at the Rockefeller University and the associated funds to support the Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Awards is 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 in a doctoral program who have completed their dissertation proposal defense, or doctorally-prepared nurses who are actively engaged in nursing science.



The Heilbrunn Family Nurse Scholar Award is a 1-2 year program that provides financial support for nurses to pursue independent research projects and contribute to the discipline of nursing. The maximum amount of funding per proposal is $25,000 (total). The award is individualized for each nurse scholar and supports activities such as data collection, data analysis, conference travel, etc. There are no indirect costs covered with this award. The nurse scholar will have ongoing communication with the Director of the Heilbrunn Family Center for mentorship and will also be required to present at the annual Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Symposium Day at Rockefeller University.  Additionally, progress reports are submitted every six months by the scholar to summarize expenditures and productivity.

For the 2024 award cycle, applications focusing on promoting mental health (i.e. systems approach considering social, environmental, and biological factors) are encouragedOther areas of research are also accepted. 


Eligible applicants will submit the attached application on line at heilbrunnfamilyrfp.rucares.org between January 20-24, 2025 (final due date January 24, 2025 by 5p EST). Please submit the proposal as one document in PDF format as directed on the web site. All applicants are notified of the disposition of their proposal by April 25, 2025. For additional questions, please send inquiries to HeilbrunnFCRN@rockefeller.edu.


Proposal Guidelines:

Proposal Guideline (pdf)

Proposal Submission Guidelines 2025

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 nursing as an integral component of clinical and translational science.



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