Nursing/Physician Assistant Professionals Research Award

ASRM Nursing/Physician Assistant Professionals Research Award

(Supported by an educational grant provided by EMD Serono)




The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Research Institute invites submission of applications for its Nursing/Physician Assistant Professionals Research Award. This annual award will total $7,500 for a one-year study period. The purpose of this grant is to support the clinical outcomes endeavors, including research and quality improvement projects, of nursing professionals in reproductive medicine. Funds may be used for support of a new or ongoing research or clinical investigation project.


Eligible applicants are nursing or physician assistant professionals (BSN, MSN, NP, DNP, PA, SA) demonstrating an interest in research specific to the field of Reproductive Medicine. Nursing professionals with an RN and currently enrolled in a higher degree seeking program will also be considered. Applications should be focused on clinical research related to the evaluation, treatment and management of reproductive health diagnoses and can include access to care, health disparities, or health services research. Quality projects centered on practice and/or process improvement will also be accepted.


Amount:  $7,500    Number of Awards Available:  Two (2)    Project Period:  One (1) Year


An application must include the following information in order as described below. Additionally, all letters must be included in your application package and cannot be sent separately or post application deadline. Please note: Letters outside the required department head or program chair letters are not required but you may submit up to 2 additional letters of support should you choose.

  1. Title page
    1. Title of the project (not to exceed 200 characters including spaces)
    2. Applicant’s name and credentials
    3. Applicant’s department affiliation and sponsoring institution
    4. Contact information including mailing address, telephone number and email
    5. Total funding amount requested
  2. Letter of Support
    1. A letter from your chairman, division chief, department head, or faculty mentor (no more than two pages) acknowledging the applicant's project and grant proposal, endorsing the applicant's research, and confirming the institution's commitment to provide time and support to the applicant.
  3.  Abstract (One page maximum)
    1. Scientific Abstract (500 words) describing the research proposal including the potential immediate impact of the anticipated results on the practice of reproductive medicine.
    2. Lay-person Abstract (200 words) describing the project in general terms
  4. Specific Aims of the research proposal presented in NIH format– (One page maximum)
  5. A research proposal should include the following sections (no more than three pages)
    1. Background and Significance
    2. Resources and Environment (can be attached as appendix)
    3. Research Plan (methodology and statistical analysis plan must be clearly described)
    4. Timeline for project start up, implementation, and completion
    5. Innovation and Potential Impact
    6. References/citations are required but will not count against the total number of pages for the application.  You may also include them as an appendix.
  6. NIH-style Biosketch
    1. An NIH biosketch should include a specific description of the role of the investigator in the proposed project and should not exceed FIVE pages (including the current funding).
  7. Budget
    1. A detailed yearly and cumulative budget and budget justification for the project
    2. No clinical care costs will be covered by this funding opportunity
    3. Funds are available for project expenses, research supplies, analysis software, national registries, survey licenses, etc.
    4. Funds may NOT be used towards degree-seeking courses, salary, or the purchase of equipment
    5. Funds, at a max of $500, may be used to support conference travel/registration to present final summary of findings at the ASRM Congress
    6. This grant does not cover sponsoring institution indirect costs
  8. Formatting
    1. The proposal must be typed in Calibri 12 pt. type with page margins no less than .5 inches and no more than 1 inch
    2. Pagination should be included at the bottom of each page (excluding the Title page)
    3. The entire application must be submitted as ONE PDF FILE to Subject Line: Nurse/Physician Assistant Research Grant Application by 4pm EST on May 1, 2024
  9. Regulatory Requirements
    1. Human and/or animal use must be approved by the Institutional Review Board or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, or their equivalent and documented before funds are released, but pre-approval is not required for application.
    2. It is required that any research involving human embryos will comply with applicable federal and state laws and will be in line with the ASRM’s guidance document on the ethics of human embryo research. No research will proceed without all relevant Institutional Board(s) and Committee(s) reviews and approval.


An ASRM Research Institute Grant Review Group (GRG) will review the proposals and awardees determined. To avoid a potential conflict of interest, members of the GRG will recuse themselves from reviewing any proposal that involves their institutions of employment. Award notifications will be made in June 2024.


Annual progress and financial reports are required and should be sent to ASRM Research Institute will review and provide a confirmation of progress report acceptance via email. Continued funding will depend on demonstrated progress and productivity as well as compliance with progress report timelines and any regulatory requirements. A final progress and financial report is required and should be submitted to ASRM within 90 days of project completion.