INACSL Grant Opportunities

The “Debra Spunt” Research Grants are made possible
through generous funding provided by







The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) invites proposals to conduct investigations on issues relevant to nursing simulation. The INACSL “Debra Spunt” Research Grants are designed to fund research that advances the science of simulation in healthcare and is related to at least one of the INACSL research priorities. Rigorously designed research proposals, both qualitative and quantitative are welcome. Proposals must target at least one of the INACSL research priorities, found here

In the 2021 grant period, competitive reviews will result in the awarding of the following grants:

  • Two (2) $1,000 grants funded by Laerdal Medical
    • These grants are designed to encourage novice researchers.  Priority will be given to first-time applicants.

View a list of past grant recipients and sample applications.



Only INACSL members will be funded by these grants to support their research endeavors. A member is only eligible for one grant award. The INACSL member can be the primary investigator or part of a team of researchers. If the INACSL member is part of a team, the INACSL member submitting the request must be a key person on the research team and is responsible for the reporting and follow-through (see Reporting Requirements).

Application Procedure

The 2021 application period is open from July 1, 2020 - October 14, 2020. 

Laerdal Medical Grant

The 3-page proposal should provide a clear and complete narrative account of the research project. It should include what is to be done, why, and how. The proposal should address the innovative nature of the research. A fourth page detailing the budget should be included. Please attach all of the required grant proposal materials to the electronic application.

The submission should include the following three (3) documents:

  1. Proposal which includes the following:
    • Title Page (1-page)
    • Proposal (3-page) with sections identified by headings
      • Abstract - This is a summary including the background of the proposed project. Include any previous experience you have had with the topic.
      • Significance - Include one paragraph describing the need your project will address. Identify the benefits of the nursing community.
      • Question and/or hypothesis - Identify the research question or proposition you hope to address with your study.
      • Methodology - Describe your research design, data collection, and analysis procedures. Include a description of your sample, limitations of the study, and co-researcher participants.
      • Outcomes - List the changes that can be expected if your study is approved.
      • Evaluation - Describe the process by which you will evaluate the outcomes stated above.
      • Project Description and Timeline - Include a timeline of the project from its inception through to its completion.
    • Budget - 1-page addressing all items needed to complete the study and how the mini-grant funding will be utilized.
    • References - Pertinent references to support proposals.
  2. Completed qualifications and contact information form - Download the Grant Qualifications Form now. The completed form should not exceed two pages in length.
  3. Curriculum Vitae - 6-page maximum (may be single-spaced)
    • CV GUIDELINES - CV file size is limited to 1 MB per document maximum. CVs exceeding file size limits will not be accepted.
    • DO NOT INCLUDE: Courses taught, theses/dissertations supervised, extensive job descriptions, institutional committees, publications in process, or continuing education.
    • INCLUDE ONLY THE FOLLOWING: Employment history, educational history, publications, research with dollar amounts, awards and honors, professional activities and community service, selected presentations, and other activities that demonstrate sustained contributions.
      • Each category should be organized starting with the most recent activities.
      • For lengthy careers, the relevant activities and accomplishments should be highlighted, or the candidate may specify that the CV provides detail for only the last 10 years with abbreviated references to prior time spans.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will consider all proposals to be evaluated according to the criteria and rubrics:
Laerdal Medical Grant Rubric

  • Contribution to relevant nursing issues and the professional literature that enhances the state-of-the-science in this area of research and teaching
  • Technical merit - Is the project feasible, reasonable, doable?
  • Methodology - is it appropriate for answering the research question?
  • Likelihood of timely completion of the project
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Consistency with INACSL’s mission


2021 Grant Submission Deadline

The selection committee will consider all proposals received by October 14, 2020. 

2021 Notification deadline

Due to the volume of applications, the selection committee will respond to all proposals by January 1, 2021


Reporting Requirements

Grant awardees are required to submit a progress report once per quarter to the Research Advisor. This report can be an email providing a brief update on the status of the project. In addition, grant awardees are required to submit an abstract for consideration at the annual INACSL Conference (after completion), as a podium or poster presentation summarizes their results, and/or, submit a research report to INACSL online journal (Clinical Simulation in Nursing) for publication.


Dispersal of Funds

Fifty percent of the funds shall be dispersed upon acceptance of the grant. The balance of the funds will be dispersed six (6) months after the first, based on satisfactory progress. Awardees agree to cash Spunt grant checks within six (6) months after receipt or forfeit grant dollars.  Fees related to stopped checks will be deducted from grant awards.