A 10-year examination of a one-on-one grant writing partnership for nursing pre- and post-doctoral trainees


      • We present a one-on-one grant writing Partnership for pre- and post-doctoral trainees.
      • The rate of funding for participants was 81.0% vs. 42.1% for non-participants.
      • A Partnership effectively supports trainees writing grant proposals.
      • A school of nursing can invest in a Partnership to increase its research capacity.



      The training and mentoring of pre- and post-doctoral trainees in nursing research is essential to feed the pipeline of nurses prepared to launch an independent program of research.


      The purpose of this report is to describe a one-on-one grant writing Partnership developed in a school of nursing targeting pre- and post-doctoral trainees and quantify its impact on funding rates.


      The Partnership includes four key elements: regular meetings, setting a timeline with milestones, writing and editing support, and attention to administrative documents. Forty grant applications by pre- and post-doctoral trainees were developed and submitted from 2011 to 2020.


      Among Partnership participants, 81.0% (17/21) received funding as compared with 42.1% (8/19) who did not participate, p = .02.


      Schools of nursing and other disciplines should consider investing in a Partnership to provide grant writing support their pre- and post-doctoral trainees and increase their overall research capacity.


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