Honoring a `73 BSN graduate, this award supports clinical research aiming to improve patient care

  • Purpose: endowed to honor the life and career of Katharine M. Donohoe, a 1973 BSN graduate of the School of Nursing who passed away in 2000, this annual award supports clinical research projects in the School of Nursing.
  • Amount: up to $3,000.
  • Eligibility: open to graduate nursing students, post-doctoral scholars, nursing faculty, and groups of nursing faculty and/or graduate nursing students and nurse clinicians. Preference is given to these types of partnerships, and in particular, those that include UVA Medical Center clinicians. Non-tenure track faculty members, new investigators, and DNP students are especially encouraged to apply.

Submission process & guidelines

  • Deadline: February 15 of each year
  • Submission guidelines: Follow the Proposal Components listed below and in addition, research projects should focus on clinical nursing research focused on testing clinical practices to improve patient care. Preference is given to projects that explore chronic health conditions. In addition to stating the purpose of the research project and naming the chronic health condition of focus, a statement of how testing particular clinical practices might improve patient care is also required.
  • Evaluation criteria: Applications will be reviewed by members of the Research Committee and will consider the significance of the issue, the appropriateness of the methods, and the likelihood to improve patient care.
  • Submission: Please email your application to the Office for Nursing Research with the subject "Donohoe Clinical Research Award"
  • Selection process: The Associate Dean for Research (ADR) together with the Research Committee, reviews all applications. Evaluation criteria are linked here. DONOHOE Award Evaluation Form

Proposal Components

In approximately 3-5 pages, please include the following,

  • Specific Aims: Provide an overview of your study aims and any related hypotheses.
  • Background and Significance: Include the most relevant literature to support the significance of your research.
  • Methods and Procedures: Describe your study methods to include study design, participants, measures, and analyses.
  • References: Using APA or AMA format. Include the references cited in the proposal.
  • Budget Justification: Please provide a brief (e.g., no more than 1 page) budget justification. Budget Sample

Recipient responsibilities

Submit a final report detailing the outcomes of the project. This final report will be due June 30th, the year after the award is given. Final report should be no longer than 1-2 pages and be emailed to the Office for Nursing Research