responsibilities to make major changes in the direction of their research careers or to broaden their scientific backgrounds by acquiring new research capabilities. This award is directed at nurse researchers who are well prepared in environmental science and who desire to learn new methodologies and techniques. For example, a nurse scientist might combine sabbatical time with senior biological science fellowship funding.
NINR also has available the full menu of National Institutes of Health-type research (e.g., investigator-initiated R01) and training awards (K type) for investigator-initiated projects, which could include environmental health. One such opportunity, the Exploratory Center Award mechanism (e.g., P20) has worked well for establishing centers of excellence in multidisciplinary research in various realms of nursing science.
In recent years the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) began to fund nursing research and nursing research training originally related to the 10 leading causes of morbidity and mortality that are biomedical in origin. The effort to emphasize the linkage of nursing research to national priorities gives graduate students more opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary research that is relevant to occupational health, safety, and related issues. Students thereby gain increased experience working in multidisciplinary and often multisectional groups on projects designed to highlight connections between new knowledge and the health and well-being of society.
NIOSH offers a variety of research awards that are frequently related to the cause and prevention of leading work-related problems identified by NIOSH. This source provides a specific funding avenue for nurses who desire to investigate occupational health, safety, and related issues.
The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) offers competitive annual awards to promote and recognize research and innovative projects that focus on issues and problems within occupational health nursing. Research priorities established by AAOHN identify a wide range of researchable topics for occupational health nursing investigations.