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Pre-Award Support

Proposal Support

The Office of Research & Scholarship provides support to faculty and graduate students for all aspects of proposal development and submission including concept development, proposal writing and review, and budget development. Many offices and service groups within the college support researchers with the numerous aspects of preparing a fundable proposal.

Concept Development

The associate dean of research is available to help you assemble a strong team of research colleagues (in some cases interdisciplinary and inter-institutions/organizations) and to help you take a research idea from the conceptual phase to a completed proposal. Whether you are developing an investigator-initiated proposal or responding to a specific call for proposals, meeting with the associate dean for research will be helpful.

Grant Writing

You are encouraged to attend an annual grant writing strategy workshop. The Office of Research & Scholarship also provides grant writing assistance. Once you identify an appropriate funding source, you should notify the associate dean for research and the grants and contracts manager by submitting a Notice of Intent to Submit a Grant form. Or email if you  have questions.

Proposal Review

Before you submit your proposal to the funding agency, the Office of Research & Scholarship can conduct an editorial review. This process will help strengthen your proposal and should be completed several weeks prior to the proposal due date. Please provide the reviewer with a copy of the proposal guidelines.

Faculty are encouraged to have proposals reviewed in a “modeling” or mock review-type process. The associate dean for research will facilitate a “modeling” review if a draft proposal is completed at least 6 weeks prior to the proposal submission due date. Researchers are encouraged to request a review of their proposals by colleagues as well.

Budget Development

The research associate can assist you with the development of your grant or contract budget. You should meet early with the research associate. Make sure you send a copy of the guidelines for the proposal prior to the meeting so that the research associate is familiar with the budgetary specifications required by the funding organization.

For federally funded grants and grants and contracts, many pay the University indirect costs known as Facilities and Administration (F&A). The research associate will assist investigators allocating F&A in their budgets. All final budgets require approval from the College of Nursing director of finance prior to submitting to the Office of Grant and Research Development (OGRD).The OGRD website has a number of helpful guidelines.

Submitting a Proposal

Acquiring financial support for research studies and other projects is essential if a faculty member is to be successful in carrying out most research or special project initiatives. Basically, there are 4 major sources of funding and different College of Nursing and WSU offices handle each:

  • Local, state, and national government entities
    (College of Nursing Research Office and WSU Spokane Research Office)
  • Internal seed grants from the College of Nursing, WSU Spokane Health Sciences, WSU Pullman, and WSU Vancouver
    (College of Nursing Research Office)
  • Private foundations, corporations, businesses
    (College of Nursing Development Office and WSU Foundation processed through WSU College of Nursing Research Office)
  • Private individuals/donors
    (College of Nursing Development Office and WSU Foundation)

The activities associated with the submission of a proposal are referred to as the pre-award process. The process for submitting a protocol varies depending on whether the Office of Research & Scholarship is involved or the College of Nursing Development Office is involved, but in both cases the  Office of Research & Scholarship will submit the researcher’s proposal to the WSU Spokane Office of Research and then to the WSU Office of Grant and Research Development (OGRD). These 2 offices review the proposal to ensure that all departments involved in the proposal are aware of the proposed work and to assess the appropriateness of the activity for University sponsorship and use of University facilities.

Some funding agencies require review by an approved Institutional Review Board prior to submission of the proposal. Others require approval within 60 days of notification of the award. Check with the funding agency for specific rules.

For more information on the specific guidelines use the following links:


Comprehensive Funding

WSU’s The Informer lists funding opportunities from all sources:

WSU’s The Informer
The Informer is an online publication by WSU’s Office of Grant and Research Development designed to keep researchers informed of upcoming funding opportunities.

Limited Submission Opportunities
In limited submission programs, the sponsor restricts the number of applications or proposals an institution or campus can submit. The guidelines for these programs require the institution to screen pre-proposals or nominations to determine which applications will be submitted for competition. Generally, institutions are allowed to submit 1 or 2 proposals or nominations to the sponsor.

Federal Grants

The following links to funding sources are sorted by the type of funding (federal, state, private, and internal WSU): is your source to find and apply for federal grants.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH uses activity codes (e.g., R01, R43, etc.) to differentiate the wide variety of research-related programs supported. NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) may vary in the way they use activity codes; not all ICs accept applications for all types of grant programs or they apply specialized eligibility criteria. Look closely at Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to determine which ICs participate and the specifics of eligibility. Most competing grant applications to NIH require electronic submission. Organizations submit applications via Applicants must follow their application through to the eRA Commons, NIH’s electronic system for grants administration, to complete the submission process.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
PCORI is a non-governmental institute that is authorized by Congress to fund and disseminate research that will provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their healthcare providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment, and care options available and the science that supports those options.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
HRSA makes grants to organizations to improve and expand healthcare services for underserved people, focusing on the following program areas:

HRSA grants are submitted via and the HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHBs).

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
USDA has many research resources available to provide information on various topics of agriculture, including economic and policy issues related to agriculture, research on natural resources and the environment, food safety and nutrition, and much more. The Current Research Information System (CRIS) is USDA’s documentation and reporting system for ongoing and recently completed research projects in agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry.

Washington State Grants

Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF)
LSDF provides an array of funding opportunities to advance life sciences research and outcomes in Washington state. The Fund’s grant-making opportunities are designed to leverage the state’s investment in research by achieving 3 goals: promoting health; making the life sciences industry more competitive; and strengthening Washington’s economy. LSDF offers matching grants and proof-of-concept grants.

Washington State Department of Health Rural Health Programs
The Washington State Department of Health Rural Health Section has links to many external resources and grant funding sources.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grants are awarded to projects directed at preventing workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in Washington state. Priority for funding will be given to proposals that involve cooperation between employers and employees or their representatives.

Grant Opportunities from Private Organizations

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
The AANP Foundation Scholarship & Grant Program offerings are available exclusively to members of the AANP.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

AACN offers a variety of grants to its members who seek evidence to support bedside colleagues in ensuring safety and excellent care for critically ill patients and their families. Funds support research that drives change in high acuity and critical-care nursing practice.

American Nurses Foundation (ANF)
ANF provides funds to beginner and experienced nurse researchers to conduct studies that contribute to the advancement of nursing science and the enhancement of patient care. Awards are given in all areas of nursing, including healthy patient outcomes, healthcare policy development, critical care, gerontology, women’s health, community, and family intervention.

Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE)
ACHNE sponsors funding for a small research grant to provide seed money, pilot funding, or total funding for small studies with promising contributions to public health nursing (PHN) or PHN education. The applicant must be a member of ACHNE, have a master’s or doctoral degree, or be enrolled in a doctoral program.

Empire Health Foundation
Grant recipients must be: 1) located or primarily operating within these 7 counties of service: Spokane, Whitman, Lincoln, Adams, Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille; 2) a private 501(c)3 organization or a qualifying public entity; and 3) applying for a project or program related to the foundation’s 4 areas of focus, which are access, education, research, and public policy.

National League for Nursing (NLN)
NLN research activities include the NLN Nursing Education Research Grants Program and the Sigma Theta Tau International/NLN Grant. These 2 grant programs advance NLN’s goal of taking the lead in the conduct of research that informs and promotes evidence-based teaching, advances the science of nursing education, and provides and interprets data about nursing education and the nurse educator workforce.

Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF)
NWHF is a nonprofit foundation that seeks to advance, support, and promote the health of the people of Oregon and southwest Washington. Funding is concentrated on 3 specific areas—public health, healthcare reform, and health workforce—and focuses on more preventive grant-making strategies that encourage the social and environmental conditions that enable everyone to live a healthy and productive life.

The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF)
The Retirement Research Foundation is committed to improving conditions for vulnerable older adults who are frail from advanced age, economically disadvantaged and at greatest risk of falling through the safety net, or experience disparities related to race and ethnicity. RRF has a strong interest in projects that implement or adapt proven models that address clearly identified needs and gaps. Requests for support of projects focusing on advocacy, research, or education and training will be considered from anywhere in the U.S.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
The RWJF funds innovative projects that have measurable impact and create meaningful transformative change such as service demonstrations, gathering and monitoring health-related statistics, public education, training and fellowship programs, policy analysis, health services research, technical assistance, communications activities, and evaluations. Projects must address 1 of 7 program areas: Childhood Obesity, Coverage, Human Capital, Pioneer, Public Health, Quality/Equality, or Vulnerable Populations.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau International provides a number of grants and co-sponsored partner grants in its mission to provide leadership and scholarship in practice, education, and research.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Susan G. Komen releases Requests for Applications (RFAs) 3 times per year. Research RFAs are announced in spring, typically May, and training RFAs are announced in late summer. Komen’s strategic focus is on reducing breast cancer incidence and/or mortality within the decade with a special interest in discoveries that will help address disparities in breast cancer outcomes across population groups.

Eastern Washington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
The Komen Eastern Washington Affiliate offers grants for innovative programs that reduce breast cancer mortality and improve quality of life, especially among those in our region with poor access to healthcare services.

WSU Internal Funding Opportunities

WSU’s The Informer
Find information on both internal and external funding opportunities, and on limited submission opportunities.WSU Spokane
Find information on internal funding for the Spokane campus and WSU Spokane resources for conducting research.

WSU Vancouver
Find information on internal funding for the Vancouver campus and WSU resources for conducting research.

WSU New Faculty Seed Grant
Information about funding will be sent to faculty annually when the awards program is announced.

Spokane County Funding

Health Sciences & Services Authority of Spokane County (HSSA)
HSSA was established by the Washington legislature to promote bioscience-based economic development in Spokane County, and to advance new therapies and procedures to combat disease and to promote public health. Applicants for health sciences research grants may now submit proposals at any time. A pre-proposal letter is required for approval to submit. All grants require matching funds.