All NHF nursing grant and fellowship applications are subjected to a rigorous peer review process. Applications are critiqued on scientific merit and relevance to NHF research priorities. Applications are reviewed and scored in terms of significance, approach, innovation, investigator, and environment. A volunteer group of scientific and lay leaders reviews applications received. The NHF Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC) and the NHF board of girectors grant final funding approval.
The purpose of the NHF Nursing Fellowship is to provide support for a registered nurse currently employed or interested in hemophilia care to conduct nursing research or clinical projects. Endorsement by a federally funded hemophilia treatment center is recommended. Only registered nurses from an accredited nursing school enrolled in a graduate nursing program or practicing hemophilia nursing care may apply.
Collaboration with multidisciplinary care providers and/or between 2 or more hemophilia centers is accepted and encouraged. Collaboration efforts may include, for example, social work, physical therapy and genetics. It thus may be possible for a hemophilia center team to apply jointly for two or more of the nursing, social work and physical therapy excellence fellowships as a cooperative project or research endeavor. Additionally, regional applications will be considered.
Current topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the development of clinical pathways, measurable outcomes in bleeding disorders care, service utilization, epidemiology and patient and community education tools. Other topics include rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, psychosocial issues, women's health in bleeding disorders, liver disease in clients with bleeding disorders and HIV/AIDS. The objectives of the fellowship are to improve the delivery of care and expand the knowledge of nursing science surrounding bleeding disorders.
Each year, one new research fellowship of up to $15,000 will be awarded.
A letter of intent should be submitted to NHF. This should be a brief letter identifying the applying researcher and organization and the intended area of research.
Multidisciplinary applications are welcomed. If a multidisciplinary project is sought, you are encouraged to indicate in the letter of intent and in the application how the project would proceed if only one Fellowship is awarded.