International Society of Nurses in Genetics

Available Funding

The ISONG Research Committee is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 ISONG Research Awards.  In honor of the 25th anniversary celebration there were three grants awarded this year.

  • One  $1,500 grant awarded to Paule Joseph by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing to
  • One $2,000 grant awarded to Kelley Baumgartel, BSN, PhD(c) by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
  • One $2,000 grant awarded to Linda D. Ward, PhD, ARNP by Duke University School of Nursing.

Applicants were asked to provide a budget for a $2,000 grant and note which items totaling $500 would be omitted if they receive they would like to be considered for the $1,500 award. All grants were awarded for a period of up to 12 months.

The awarding of the grants are contingent upon successful peer review of the grant application by the ISONG Research Committee.  ISONG's Research Committee will be responsible for selection and will submit the names of the award recipients to the Board of Directors for approval.


Two deadlines/requirements must be met in order to qualify for the ISONG Research Grant, including:

1. A letter of intent must be sent via email to Nicole Hoh at no later than the deadline specified day(midnight EST). The letter should include:

  • The title of your proposed research
  • A brief description (one paragraph maximum) of the research

2. The full grant proposal and application materials must be sent via email to Nicole Hoh at by the deadline date.  Only electronic submissions of the proposals will be accepted. The abstract, proposal narrative, reference section, and appendices must be sent as attachments in MS Word format. The cover sheet (Download: Grant Cover Sheet) and budget forms (Download: Grant Budget Form) must be sent in theMS Word format. The attachment must be titled ISONG, year of application, and applicant's last name (Example: ISONG_2013_Hoh).

Please Note: The absence of a letter of intent, an incomplete application, failure to submit a letter of intent and/or application via email, late submission of a letter of intent and/or application, as well as failure to follow application procedures and formatting guidelines will disqualify the applicant. These submissions will not be considered by the ISONG Research Committee.

1. Proposal face sheet. The proposal face sheet serves as the cover sheet. Download: Grant Cover Sheet

2. Abstract. The abstract is not to exceed one page and must include a problem statement/specific aims; significance of the research including relevance of the study to genetic nursing, and brief statement(s) on methods including sample size, research design, and planned data analysis. This should be submitted as an attached MS Word document.

3. Proposal narrative. The proposal narrative must be no more than 4 pages; narratives exceeding this limit will not be considered. References, appendices, budget, timeline, and biosketches are not counted as part of the 4-page limitation. The proposal narrative should be submitted as an attached MS Word document and should include the following:

  • Problem statement/specific aims: Discuss the broad, overall goal(s) and what the specific research proposed in this application is intended to accomplish; state the research questions/aims or hypothesis to be tested.
  • Background and significance: Briefly address the background leading to the present application; critically evaluate existing knowledge and identify scientific or methodologic gaps that the project is intended to fill. Identify the importance of the research in terms of its contribution to genetic health nursing and potential for leading to further research. Summarize the theoretical framework as appropriate.
  • Research design and methods: Describe the research design and procedures to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the study. Provide a timeline for the project. Include how the data will be collected, analyzed and interpreted. Describe potential study limitations. This section should be organized in the following manner: design (including timeline), setting, sample, procedures, data analysis plan, and limitations.
  • References: A reference page or pages should be included at the end of the narrative text. References should be included if cited in the narrative text and should be limited to relevant and current literature. The reference page(s) is (are) not included in the 4-page limitation.
  • Appendices: To include research instruments (if applicable), interview guidelines (if applicable), appropriate ethics (Human Subjects/IRB) approval form if available, and letters of support. Support letters must assure the feasibility of the project and that resources are available to complete the study. Please note: If the applicant is a student, a letter of support from the faculty member overseeing the research MUST be included. The appendices are not included in the 4-page limitation.

4. Biosketch. A biosketch or curriculum vitae of the principal investigator should be attached as a MS Word document.

5. Completed budget and budget justification form. Download: Grant Budget Form

Additional Instructions for Applicants

1. Formatting of proposal narrative and accompanying material.

The following instructions should be strictly adhered:

i. Margins must be no smaller than 0.5" at all points.

ii. Font size must be no smaller than 12 pt. and font type should be Arial or Helvetica.

iii. Abstract, proposal body, reference section, and appendices should be single spaced.

iv. For the abstract, proposal body, reference section, and appendices, use American Psychological Association (APA) formatting.

2. Role of the Principal Investigator

i. All communication from the Research Committee will be with the Principal Investigator.

ii. The Principal Investigator will be responsible for the research project including assurance of scientific and ethical integrity throughout the conduct of the research.

iii. The Principal Investigator will be responsible for completing and sending a final report of the study. The final report is to be sent via email to Nicole Hoh at 90 days following the end of the one-year funding period. The report will be published on the ISONG web site and is to include:

  • Summary of project goals/aims
  • Theoretical/conceptual framework, if applicable
  • Methods: sampling, procedures, and data analysis
  • Summary of findings
  • Recommendations and brief reflection
  • Publications or presentations of abstracts
  • Acknowledgement of ISONG funding support

Research Grant Program

ISONG Research Initiative

Fostering scientific research in genetics is an important part of ISONG's mission. In 2014, ISONG in embarking on a Nursing Research Directed Donations Campaign. ISONG, as an organization, will fund an initial grant of $1500, and will provide matching funds of up to an additional $1500 for all donations received from January 1 and June 30, 2014.

The team at ISONG headquarters will be seeking funds from various places: membership, universities, corporate sponsors, genetics professionals, and altruistic donors comprised of local organizations, foundations, and the general public who are interested in supporting genetics research by ISONG nurses and investing in their work.

You are encouraged to donate what you can. Donations start at $10. If 100 people donate $10, ISONG can provide $1000 in funding to promote one or more members' research initiatives. Members can donate along with renewing their membership online. Others can donate through or through a directed donation campaign brochure that is being developed.

In less than a month of the initial ISONG Research Initiative Announcement, fellow ISONG members have donated over $2,000!  These contributions are a significant support for this research initiative.

Thank you to the following ISONG Members for their donations:

Ann Cashion Dru Riddle Marsha Weiner
Ann Dylis Heidi Salisbury Seusan Wesmiller
Patricia Kellly Heather Skirton Lynette Wright
Jamesetta Newland Lori Vick * Anonymous


Research Grants

ISONG Members are eligible to submit for the Annual ISONG Nursing Research Grant award designed to support research. Three generous Research Grants were awarded in 2013: one for $1,500 and two for $2,000.

2014 Grant announcements and application deadlines will be announced soon.


ISONG Annual Nursing Research Grant 2013-2014

The purpose of the annual ISONG Nursing Research Grant award is to support research related to genetic/genomic nursing practice or to the development of genetic/genomic nursing science. Grant funding may be used as "seed" money for conducting a pilot study or for support of an ongoing research investigation with promising contribution to genetic/genomic nursing science and genetic nursing practice. All relevant research areas will be considered; however, priority will be given to studies that address genetic/genomic nursing practice or genetic/genomic health outcomes. Awarding of grant funding is competitive and will be determined through peer review of proposals by members of the ISONG Research Committee.

Thank you to Duke University School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing for their generous support of these awards.

2013-2014 Research Grant Awards

Presented at the ISONG Silver Anniversary Conference

October 4 – 6, 2013

Bethesda, Maryland USA


University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing/ISONG Research Award awarded to:

Paule Joseph, BSN, MSN, CRNP, CRRN, CTN-B

  for her research grant proposal entitled

“Genetic Sensitivity to Sweet Taste and Anthropometric Measures of Obesity”


Duke University School of Nursing/ISONG Research Award awarded to:

Linda D. Ward, PhD, ARNP

  for her research grant proposal entitled

 “Assessment of Genomic Literacy among Baccalaureate Nursing Students in the United States” 


Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing/ISONG Research Award awarded to:

Kelley Baumgartel, BSN, PhD(c)

  for her research grant proposal entitled

Breastmilk is not a uniform substance: Epigenetic mechanisms”

ISONG would like to acknowledge the Schools of Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins University, and Duke University for providing these grants and express appreciation for their ongoing research support.

Previous Grantholders

The 2011 - 2012 ISONG Research Award was granted to Ansley Stanfill, BSN, RN. Ansley is a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. The title of her proposal was "Time PCR Confirmation of Gene Expression Profiles in Blood of Kidney Transplant Recipients". The REsearch Grant was funded by the University of Pitsburgh School of Nursing.

For the 2010-2011 cycle, ISONG awarded two $1500 research grants. In addition to the annual ISONG grant, we were able to offer a second grant, that was generously funded by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. The winners for the 2010 Research Grants are:

Mandy Bell, RN for her proposal titled “Genomics of the Endoglin Pathway in Preeclampsia.”

Reba Umberger, MS, RN, CCRN for her proposal titled “Inflammatory Proteins, Genetic Variation, and Environmental Influences on Nosocomial Infection Development in Sepsis Patients.”


For the 2009-2010 cycle, ISONG awarded two $1500 research grants. In addition to the annual ISONG grant, we were able to offer a second grant, that was generously funded by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. The winners for the 2009 Research Grants are:

Jennie L. Rowell with the project Osteosarcoma Genetics in Dogs as a Model of Human Disease.

Milena Flória-Santos with the project Genetic and Genomics Education at Brazilian Colleges of Nursing: A Nursing Competence-based Study. Congratulations!


For the 2008-2009 cycle, ISONG awarded two $1500 research grants. In addition to our annual grant, we have been able to offer a second grant, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing ISONG Research Grant. ISONG thanks Pittsburgh for the generous funding of this award. The winners for the 2008 award are:

Kathleen Sparbel for the proposal: Integration of genetic knowledge by APNs into primary health care: identification of current practice, resource needs, facilitators and barriers.

Patricia C. Underwood for the proposal: Association of the Caveolin Gene with Insulin Resistance and Hypertension: Genotype Costs


For the 2007-2008 cycle, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing also funded an ISONG Research Grant. The winners of the 2007 Research Grants are:

Sivia Barnoy, RN, PhD for the proposal: The case of non-disclosure of genetic information to family members: Practice, law and ethics in Israel

Jane M. DeLuca, RN, PNP, APNG for the proposal: Parent Experiences in Expanded Newborn Screening, A Qualitative Inquiry.