INACSL Grant Opportunities


The Debra Spunt Research Grants


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.


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These grants are designed to encourage novice researchers. Priority will be given to first-time applicants.

In the 2022 grant period, competitive reviews will result in the awarding of two (2) $1,000 grants funded by Laerdal Medical.


View a list of past grant recipients.


  • Proposals must be submitted by an INACSL member. 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). Click here to learn more about membership.
  • Each submission is only eligible for one grant award.
  • Proposals must target at least one of the INACSL research priorities, found here

Application Procedure

The 2022 application period is open from July 22, 2021 - October 10, 2021. 

Submissions require the following two items to be uploaded when submitting the electronic application form:

  1. Proposal providing 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 and including the following:
    • Title Page (1 page)
    • Proposal (3 pages) with sections identified by the following 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. Clearly describe the issue, identify the benefits to the nursing community, and how the study aligns with the INACSL mission and research priorities.
      • Question and/or hypothesis - Identify the research question or proposition you hope to address with your study.
      • IRB/Ethics Approval - State whether IRB approval has been obtained or will be/has been submitted for. If IRB approval has not been/will not be applied for, please include the rationale for not obtaining approval.
      • Methodology - Describe your research design, data collection, and analysis procedures. Include a description of your sample, and limitations of the study.
      • Outcomes - Clearly list the desired outcomes, linking them clearly to the research questions/purpose.
      • 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 its completion.
    • Budget  (1 page) addressing all items needed to complete the study and how the grant funding will be utilized.
    • References - Pertinent references to support the proposal.
  2. 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 rubric, including the criteria below:

  • 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
  • Writing style - Be sure to proofread and correct grammatical errors, poor sentence structure, and spelling errors prior to submission

Reporting Requirements

Grant awardees are required to submit a progress report once per quarter. 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.