The Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, maps out an ambitious national research agenda in support of its various policy recommendations. Earlier this year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that it would coordinate a unique, multi-funder initiative to identify, generate, synthesize and disseminate such research, and on June 10, RWJF began accepting three- to five-page proposals addressing the report’s research priorities. The effort is intended to contribute to the RWJF Campaign for Action’s goal of advancing comprehensive change in health care for patients and the nation.
Among the research questions identified in the report and eligible for funding:
- How effective are various inter-professional education models?
- What are the most effective policies to encourage supportive mentoring in nursing schools and in practice settings?
- What concepts of behavioral economics offer the most promise for provider/provider interactions and patient/provider interactions?
- What policy options can best address the goal of doubling the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020?
- Do states with broad nurse practice acts have better or poorer outcomes (e.g., health, health resource utilization) among patients with particular chronic illnesses like diabetes or asthma, or among underserved and Medicaid populations, than states with more restrictive practice acts?
- Are there differences in documented care errors, never events or malpractice claims between states with independent APRN practice and those with barriers to independent practice?
- What payment mechanisms would incentivize diffusion of care models in which nurses lead care programs or provide coordination and collaborative leadership?
- What policies and incentives foster teamwork and professional collaboration?
- What new technologies support nursing decision-making and care delivery?
RWJF will facilitate a screening and review process for the brief proposals, during which each will be reviewed and scored by at least one scholar from nursing and one scholar from another discipline. Proposals worthy of further consideration will then be examined by a range of funders (including RWJF, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation and the Donaghue Foundation, among others), all of which have indicated an eagerness to support discovery and validation of information related to the eight IOM recommendations. In this way, applicants will have access to a broader range of potential funders than they would have in a typical application process.
RWJF will accept brief funding proposals through January 3, 2012. Proposals will be screened and reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will be informed of the status of their proposals within one month of submission.