Application for Research Funding Guidelines

Research Funding Opportunities

The Eta Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International awards grants to support research and initiatives and scholarship being undertaken by Eta Iota members who maintain active status within the chapter.

Two Funding Opportunities

There will be two opportunities each year to apply for research support: one in the fall and one in the spring. Notification about the call for proposals and submission deadlines will be sent to each member via the Circle professional networking site accessible through the Sigma homepage or by email at the active member's email address listed in the chapter membership roster maintained by the National Office of Sigma Theta Tau International. Advance notice about calls for proposals and deadlines for submission will also be noted in the monthly newsletter from the chapter.  Research and scholarship applications will be evaluated and awarded in a timely manner.


Board of Directors of the chapter will make funding award decisions; amounts will be dependent on the number of proposals submitted and the availability of chapter funds. Selection is competitive; grants will be awarded to student, faculty or community nurse researchers whose work best characterizes the spirit of scholarship for which Sigma Theta Tau is known. Awarding of the grants will be based on blind review of the two-page proposal for funding that is submitted according to the guidelines (see below) describing the research project. Award winners must agree to present their findings to the membership at a research/scholarship day sponsored by the chapter within two years following funding. Two-thirds of the award will be disbursed at the time of the announcement of the award and the remaining one-third will be disbursed at the time of presentation of the research.


Interested applicants must be active members of Eta Iota Chapter and must prepare and submit their proposal for funding.

Proposal Guidelines

The proposal must be free of applicant information (name, etc.), no more than two, single spaced pages in length (400 word maximum) and prepared in Times New Roman font (12 cpi). The following elements are required:

  • Title of the project
  • Purpose of the study
  • Significance
  • Specific aims or hypothesis
  • Brief literature review
  • Research design and methods
  • Brief overview of estimated plan for data analysis
  • Relevance of findings for nursing knowledge and theory
  • Estimated budget and how funds will be used
  • Projected date of project completion
  • Plans for dissemination of findings
  • If you have received IRB approval from UNH, please include a copy of the approval letter. A letter confirming IRB/ethical approval is required before funds can be disbursed.
  • Maximum words = 400 words

Selection Criteria

Abstracts will be judged according to the following: 

  • Clarity of proposal
  • Significance of research
  • Scholarship of the project as evidenced in the written proposal

Proposal Submission

Submit proposals by e-mail to Chapter President, Joyce Cappiello, at: in the following manner:

  1. Send one copy of the two-page proposal (without identifying information) to the chapter president.
  2. Also, send by email one electronic copy of a separate cover page with your identifying information (name, postal mailing address, email address, telephone number, and contact person) and the title of your project to the chapter president.

Please note that the chapter bylaws prevent the president from sitting on the review board.