Proposals Now Accepted for Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Small Grants

By Yavonda Chase

Program Goal:

Promote the scholarship of interdisciplinary collaboration and practice in quality patient care with nursing and interprofessional education.

The interprofessional project requesting support may include, but is not limited to, a focus on quality nursing care of patients such as:

  1. The impact of interprofessional practice on nursing practice, patient care and the practice environment, including:
  • Use of technology to support or enhance the patient experience or nursing practice
    • Workflow design to improve nursing practice or improvement in patient care quality
    • Patient safety – falls with injury
    • Employee wellness – stress and burnout
    • Patient experience – communication
    • Employee safety – workplace violence
    • Patient safety – C diff.


  1. Research or curriculum development focused on the Quadruple Aim — enhancing patient experience,  establishing innovative approaches to delivering efficient, effective patient care, improving the work life of the team — in clinical or educational settings

Multiple grants will be awarded. Grants will range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PIs and other investigators may be faculty, postdocs, graduate students, or clinical staff — but must be affiliated with UAMS (faculty or staff must be UAMS employees; graduate students must be enrolled in UAMS Graduate School).
  • The investigator team must have an interprofessional composition. “Interprofessional” is defined as the representation of two or more professions (e.g., nurse and physician, pharmacist and physician assistant, clinical practitioner and public health specialist).
  • In addition to including investigators representing multiple professions, the proposed project should aim to establish a relationship between interprofessional practice and outcomes.
  • Scholarly work that establishes baseline data or demonstrates strong potential for obtaining additional funding will be viewed favorably.

Application Process:

Include abbreviated curriculum vitae (or NIH Biosketch) of all investigators
Include letter(s) of support from the supervisor of the PI and Co-PI (if applicable)

Maximum of five pages including:

  1. Specific Aims
  2. Significance and Innovation
  3. Rationale for the interprofessional team’s composition, along with roles and responsibilities for each project team member
  4. A description of how an interprofessional team is required for project design and implementation
  5. How the project addresses one or more elements of nursing excellence, if applicable
  6. Rationale and Approach (including methods, outcome measures, data analysis plans, and project evaluation)
  7. A plan to evaluate the project’s outcomes and the function of the interprofessional team
  8. Plan for dissemination of results (presentation of work at a relevant national meeting and/or publication is required)
  9. References cited will not count as part of the page limit
  10. Timeline (including a progress report at six months and project completion within 12 months after receiving funds/IRB approval)
  11. IRB approval (if available). Note that IRB approval is required before funding can be awarded.
  12. Budget may include travel to present at a professional meeting, supplies, participant fees, IRB fee, and other expenses needed to conduct the work. Grant funds may not be used for salary support. Entire awarded amount will be transferred after receipt of IRB approval.


For questions about this grant program, please contact the Office of Interprofessional Education, or call (501)686-5686.

Deadline: 5 p.m., April 1, 2020
Submit completed application packet as a single PDF file to