Jointly sponsored by UCSF Health Center for Nursing Excellence & Innovation and UCSF School of Nursing Office of Research, the UCSF Clinical Nursing Research (CNR) Grant allows practicing nurses in the health system and faculty investigators from the School of Nursing to conduct a clinically meaningful research study within the health system that generates new knowledge.

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Primary goals of this grant:

  • Foster the spirit of clinical inquiry amongst nurses at UCSF Health
  • Develop knowledge and skills for applying scientific methods to answer clinical research questions
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships between faculty investigators and clinical nurses to design and implement clinically meaningful research projects that lead to new knowledge that positively impacts the healthcare of patients/families

Consistent with the standards of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program for nursing excellence, participation in activities that generate evidence for nursing practice is a standard for professional nursing at UCSF. The CNR grant supports nurses’ abilities to contribute to the new knowledge, innovation, and improvement pillars of the 2023-2025 UCSF Nursing Strategic Plan through rigorous scientific research.

Each 2024-2025 CNR grant proposal can be funded for up to $20,000 for 12 months.

The proposed research project must be done by a collaborative team that includes a UCSF SON faculty member and a UCSF Health clinical nurse as multiple Principal Investigators (PIs) or Co‐PIs. Proposals by Interdisciplinary research teams are encouraged.

Funding preference will be given to innovative projects that demonstrate the potential for extramural funding and are clearly aligned with UCSF Health’s vision, values, and strategic goals:

  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Workforce Health and Wellness
  • Equitable Care Delivery
  • Community and Population Health


To ensure proposals meet eligibility requirements and program priorities, applicants are required to submit a Statement of Interest (SOI) as the first step in the application process. Full proposals will be invited for submission after the approval of the SOI.



Deadline to submit a Statement of Interest is

Monday, September 16, 2024 12 noon PST.