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Research Awards


The International Association of Forensic Nursing (IAFN) awarded $15,000 in grants to four different projects in 2019. Evaluation of grant applications was done through a peer-reviewed process by an internal review panel through the IAFN Research Committee.  




 Investigators Title of Proposal

Angela Karakachian, Alison Colbert, Diane Hupp, Rachel Berger, Eric Vogelstein


Nurses' Moral Distress as They Care for Child Victims of Maltreatment
Amanda St Ivany, Michelle Munro-Kramer and Eve Valera

Exploratory Qualitative Analysis of the Circumstances Surrounding ABIs from IPV


Jocelyn Anderson, Rachel Smith and Cara Rice

Development of a Patient-Provider Decision Aid for HIV PEP Following Sexual Assault


 Jodie Flynn

The Life Experiences of Patients Post-Sexual Assault: A Mixed Methods Study



Eligibility: IAFN members are eligible to apply. Research conducted to fulfill requirements for a degree is eligible.  New forensic nursing researchers are particularly encouraged. A grant will only be awarded once in a three-year period to the same investigator.            

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Support:  The total project period may not exceed one year, with funding ranging from $1,500 to $5,000.  The number of grants awarded per year will vary but range from at least 3 grants to no more than 10 grant awards per year.


Purpose:  The IAFN Research Award is intended to encourage exploratory, interventional or developmental forensic nursing research studies or evidence-based practice projects.  Key research focus areas for IAFN include research exploring health outcomes, including cost of care, of victims of violence when forensic nurses are involved in their care and research to guide clinical care of patients affected by violence.  Funding can be used as seed money for a pilot study, completion of a full study or project, or augment existing funding to an established research project.





Application Format




Application Submission



Review Process



Researchers are required to submit an abstract for either a podium or poster presentation at the annual IAFN International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice within three years of their award date, allowing awardees two years after their grant funding to prepare a presentation on their research. Related conference materials must state that the research or project was supported through IAFN research grant funding.



Funding awards are received in April of each year. By the following June, two months after the one-year funding award has been completed, awardees are to submit a one-page, single-spaced report to the home office summarizing the research, findings, and application(s) to forensic nursing practice.



All Research Committee members will be expected to complete the IAFN online conflict of interest training and acknowledgment of policy prior to being accepted as a reviewer.



Please email Research Committee Co-Chairs Cathy Koetting or Julie Valentine

If you have questions regarding how to submit the proposal, please contact Executive Assistant Sarah Jimenez-Valdez at



The full Research Grants Policy is available here.



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