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Announcing the CCI Research Foundation: Funding Research That Contributes to the Advancement of Perioperative Nursing Science

Posted by Taylor Niss on Apr 2, 2019 2:21:39 PM



CCI has established the CCI Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to perioperative nursing research. In 2019, the Foundation will award over $130,000 in grants for key funding priorities.

As a credentialing body, CCI is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of perioperative nurses and improving patient outcomes. Establishing the CCI Research Foundation was an extension of CCI’s sustained commitment to the perioperative community.

Funding Priorities

The CCI Research Foundation (CCIRF) is focused on funding research that contributes to the overall advancement of perioperative nursing science and enhancement of patient care. Numerous factors have traditionally limited the advancement of perioperative nursing research—lack of a core group of researchers, a sustained funding source, and the necessary support system in place to develop perioperative researchers. CCIRF has established five funding priorities to address these key limitations, while cultivating and nurturing perioperative researchers. These key funding priorities are organizational climate, leadership and management, nurse practice, nurse performance, and nursing education and certification.



To be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants must meet a few requirements. First and foremost, the research projects must address the mission and goals of the CCI Research Foundation- to advance the quality of patient care and contribute to the science of perioperative practice through research. The principal investigator does not have to be a registered nurse, but an RN with current license, and a minimum master’s degree in nursing (or country equivalent), must be a co-investigator on the research team. Doctoral students may also seek funding for dissertation research or scholarly projects. However, pilot projects are not permitted. Finally, research projects must be completed within one year of funding.

Application Process 

The grant application can be found on the CCIRF website and is open from March 1, 2019 until June 1, 2019. Each applicant has a list of documents they must submit in order to be considered for funding. A few examples of required documents include: resumes for the research team, a narrative biography for each member of the research team, research budget, and a research proposal. A cohesive list of required documentation and parameters for proposal submission can be found on the application page of the CCIRF website. Applicants will be notified of determinations by August 31, 2019 and funds will be dispersed by October 31, 2019. 

Upon the closure of the application window on June 1, 2019, the grant proposal evaluation and selection process will begin. The evaluation process is comprised of weighted categories, review criteria, and a standardized scoring system. More details can be found on the Grant Proposal Review Rubric.

Funding Tiers

The CCI Research Foundation has established three funding tiers: 

Doctoral Student – Up to $5,000 Grant

  • Dissertation research or scholarly project funding for PhD or DNP students (excludes pilot projects)

Beginning Researcher – Up to $10,000 Grant

  • Primary Investigator has minimal research experience and/or less than $10,000 in extramural funding in a particular research area

Experienced Researcher – Up to $25,000 Grant

  • Primary Investigator has received more than $10,000 in funding

Apply Now

To learn more about the CCI Research Foundation, gather ideas on possible projects, and to submit your application, visit the CCIRF website at