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, 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: Please review the Donohoe Research Committee Review Criteria
  • Submission: Please review the Donohoe Clinical Research Award Guidelines for detailed guidelines and application requirements. Please email your application to the Office of Nursing Research with the subject "Donohoe Clinical Research Award"

Proposal Components

All intramural proposals follow the general guidelines of the PHS 398 application form used for NIH submissions, and must include the following (Please note page limitations):

    • Cover Sheet: in the form of a title page, include:
      • Title of project
      • Name and affiliation of the principal investigator
      • Name and program of student(s)
      • Applicants must indicate whether they've received prior financial or intramural support from the School of Nursing, including the amount of support and the outcome or product of this support (i.e., grant proposal, article, etc.). Include the project title, funding amount, dates of funding and outcomes of the funding.
      • A detailed plan for future external funding
    • Specific Aims: be clear and succinct. Tell what will be described and/or what hypotheses will be tested, and/or what questions will be answered. (1page limit)
    • Background and Significance: include the most critical highlights of the literature to show what has been accomplished to date and to demonstrate that the aims of the proposed study have not already been achieved.
    • Methods and Procedures: describe the sample and give supporting data for your assertion that you will be able to obtain the requisite data during the time allotted. Describe Data Collection Procedures. List any instruments you plan to use and provide copies in an appendix. Describe the Research Design and planned Data Analysis Procedures.
      • Note: the above three sections can be no longer than 5 single-spaced pages in 12-point font.
    • References: using APA or AMA format, list the references cited in the proposal.
    • Human Subjects: Identify human subject issues and your plan for addressing human subject concerns. (Limit 2 pages)
    • Importance to Development of Research Program: briefly describe the investigator's own preliminary work on the topic and show how the proposed research is a logical, important, and/or necessary next step. Then briefly describe how the investigator's future work will build on what will have been accomplished in the proposed research. (Limit 1 page)
    • Budget and Justification: list the expenditures to be charged to the grant and the dollar amounts for each. Tell why each budget time is critical to the project. Please remember that amounts of time must be justified, i.e., 20 interviews x 1 hour per interview. Please limit to 2 pages.
    • Biographical Sketch: submit a current NIH bio sketch with your application.

Recipient responsibilities

Submit a final report detailing the outcomes of the project. This final report will be due June 30 the year after the award is given.