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FNINR Announces the Sixth Cohort of FNINR Ambassadors


January 9, 2023 – Lexington, KY – The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) are pleased to announce the selection of their sixth cohort of Ambassadors. This unique advocacy program began in 2014 and has grown to include over 30 Ambassadors. The 2023 selection includes 12 nurse scientists to join the ranks of others currently filling this role.

Ambassadors are selected from a national pool of applicants based on their abilities to advance public, health professional, and policy-maker awareness of the critical research agenda advanced by the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR).

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NINR Releases 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

On May 6, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) announced the release of the new 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. To read more, visit:

Congress Passes HR 2471, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022

Congress has passed H.R. 2471, which includes $180.862 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR); this number represents an increase of $5.905 million over the previous fiscal year.

To view the Nursing Community Coalition press release around H.R. 2471, please click here.

Current NINR Funding Opportunities

Current NINR Funding Opportunities


These opportunities include "Advancing Integrated Models (AIM) of Care to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes Among Women Who Experience Persistent Disparities" and "Evaluating the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic-related Food and Housing Policies and Programs on Health Outcomes in Health Disparity Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)"

NIH Matilda White Riley Honors Early-Stage Investigator Paper Competition Now Open

Submissions are open for the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) Early-Stage Investigator (ESI) Paper Competition awards. They recognize emerging scientists whose research reflects Dr. Matilda White Riley’s vision of research excellence in health-related behavioral and social sciences.

Submission deadline is January 31, 2022.

Learn more here

Save the Date for the 2022 National Nursing Research Roundtable

Save the Date for the 2022 National Nursing Research Roundtable:

From Context to Care: Understanding the Convergence of Social Factors and Emergency Department Care
Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Keynote Address
Friday, March 4, 2022 – Roundtable Discussion

Learn more here.

NINR Will Host Climate Change and Health Webinar Series

On December 17, 2021 at 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (ET), NINR will host “Notes from the Field: Pivoting a Research Program to Climate Change,” part of the NIH Climate Change and Health Webinar Series.


  • Shannon Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, NINR Director
  • Linda A. McCauley, PhD, RN, Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Read more and register here.

NIH-wide Climate Change and Health Concept - Special Open Session of National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council

On November 29, 2021, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences held a special National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council meeting to consider an NIH-wide Climate Change and Health Concept. 

The proposals were as follows:

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NIH Listening Sessions to Inform Efforts on Achieving Racial Equity

NIH is holding a series of listening sessions from December 2021 - February 2022 to learn from external stakeholders about the full range of issues and challenges in advancing racial and ethnic equity in the biomedical research enterprise.

Learn more and register here

NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Virtual Event is This Week

Join the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research virtually on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET each day, for the annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival.

Register to attend and view the festival agenda and speaker biographies:

NINR Releases Strategic Plan Framework and RFI

NINR Announcement: NINR is seeking feedback on the framework for its next strategic plan, which will guide NINR’s research efforts and priorities over the next five years. The new strategic plan will build on NINR’s past accomplishments and present a bold, new research agenda to advance nursing science.

To view the Strategic Plan Framework and submit comments, click here. NINR asks for all responses to be sent by Monday, December 13, 2021.

AACN Attends Virtual Hill Day

On September 23, AACN joined the 2021 Rally for Medical Research Virtual Hill Day where they emphasized the need for sustained and increased funding for NINR. Along with AACN, more than 400 organizations and individuals joined this year’s event to advocate for continued congressional funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). You can find more information of the rally here.

Dr. Zenk Posts Director's Message Reflecting On Her Role As NINR Director

Dr. Shannon Zenk posted a new Director's Message reflecting on her first year as the Director NINR. You can read her full statement here.

Applications Are Open for FY22 Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science Program

Applications are now open for the FY22 Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science (SCH) Program. The proposal deadline is November 10, 2021 at 5:00 pm (submitter's local time). To read more about the program and proposal instructions, click here.

NINR Director's Lecture: September 14, 2021

NINR's next Director's Lecture: “Addressing One of the Most Enduring Challenges in Health Care: End-of-Life Decision Making” will be held on September 14 at 10:00 am ET.

Dr. Mi-Kyung Song will present her intervention research to develop and test an end-of-life communication intervention targeting patients with chronic illness and their family caregivers, spanning all stages of the NIH Stage Model of behavioral intervention development research.

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2021 NINR Methodologies Boot Camp: Registration To Open Soon!

The 2021 Boot Camp will explore the impact that Artificial Intelligence has in the evolving healthcare environment to improve the care of all patients and families in an equitable way. The goal is to showcase how AI can improve outcomes and how to avoid unintended consequences that increase disparities.

Registration will be opening in mid-July. You can read more about the content and session dates here.

Send Your Feedback for NINR's Strategic Plan

NINR is in the developing stages of the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan will outline future research goals, objectives, and vision for nursing science. 

NINR established a working group under the NACNR to identify strengths, limitations, challenges and opportunities in nursing science and provided a report at the May NACNR meeting. You can watch the recording of the meeting here

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National Advisory Council for Nursing Research Video Now Available

The video of the May 2021 public session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research is now available to view. You can view the video here.

New Directors Message from NINR Director, Dr. Shannon Zenk

NINR Director, Dr. Shannon Zenk, posted a Director’s Message about the development of NINR's Strategic Plan for 2022-2026. She also addresses the list of recommendations for potential NINR research areas that developed from the NACNR working group. 

Dr. Zenk also discusses the report from the National Academy of Medicine: The Future of Nursing 2020–2030: Charting a Path to Health Equity

"This report makes a compelling case for nurses assuming a leading role in overcoming and eliminating the persistent health inequities in our society, and I encourage you to review the report’s recommendations. It is clear from the report that nursing science is an important part of this effort, and as a leader in the field of nursing science, NINR is integral to funding research that will contribute to the evidence base needed to achieve The Future of Nursing’s goals relating to health equity."

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Participate in the NIH HEAL Initiative Idea Exchange

The NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative has opened an idea exchange to hear from the public. The goal is to crowdsource solutions to improve pain management and the prevention and treatment of opioid misuse and addiction. The comment period will close on June 1. Read more about this initiative here.