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Research Grants

The Oncology Nursing Foundation supports research grants and fellowships to identify and test new insights into patient care.

Oncology Nursing Science Grant

Important Dates:

Applications will open: August 20, 2023 
Letters of Intent (LOI) due: September 20, 2023 
Full Proposals due: October 31, 2023 
Funding Notification: January 1, 2024 
Funding Level: $50,000 over 2 years

This opportunity is intended for emerging to mid-career oncology nurse researchers who have not previously received and completed at least one research study with a funding level of $50,000 as the study principal investigator (PI).  

Purpose of Grant: To support rigorous scientific oncology nursing research. Research projects may include investigator-initiated research, pilot or feasibility studies, supplements to current funded projects, or developing a new aspect of a program of research. Funding preference is given to projects that involve nurses in the design and conduct of the research activity and that promote theoretically based oncology practice. 

Competitive applications will address cancer nursing research projects in: 

  • Symptom Science
  • Health Disparities
  • Palliative and Psychosocial Care
  • COVID-19 and Cancer Care
  • Projects addressing the ONS research priorities relative to structural racism and health equity in oncology health care. 

Additional resources and updates related to the ONS Research Agenda are located here: “Update to the 2019-2022 ONS Research Agenda: Rapid Review to Address Structural Racism and Health Inequities,” published in the Oncology Nursing Forum, November 2021, Volume 48, No. 6; and, “The Oncology Nursing Society Rapid Review and Research Priorities for Cancer Care in the Context of Covid-19,” published in the Oncology Nursing Forum, March 2021, Volume 48, No. 2.


  • The principal investigator (individual primarily responsible for implementing the proposal and reporting to Oncology Nursing Foundation) must be a registered oncology nurse actively involved in some aspect of cancer patient care, education, or research
  • The principal investigator must be PhD prepared (only one principal investigator can appear on the grant).
  • At least one member of the research team must have received and completed research study funding of at least $100,000 in a principal investigator capacity, thereby serving as a mentor for the project.

How To Apply

  • Applications are currently closed; sign up for updates on the next funding cycle.
  • Keep an eye on this page for a link to the application.
  • Email with any questions. 
  • All questions must be submitted to the Foundation prior to 4:30 pm Eastern Time on the day of the application due date in order to receive a response prior to the deadline.
  • No late applications will be accepted, and all applications must be submitted through the application platform.

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