Stanford Nursing Alumni Grant

The Stanford University School of Nursing operated from 1912–1974.

Program overview

The Stanford University School of Nursing (SUSN) Alumnae Legacy Project is intended to perpetuate the SUSN's tradition of excellence in nursing, practice, administration, education and research. The Legacy Project is a living expression of an enduring commitment to nursing's capacity to impact health care. The aims of the project are to:

  • Preserve the SUSN's philosophy of person-centered care.
  • Enhance nurses' professional development through support of practice, education and research.
  • Promote nursing's role and influence in the evolving health care system.

The Legacy Project provides grant support ranging from $1,000–$10,000 to advance innovative research and demonstration projects that enhance nurses' capacity to deliver comprehensive health services to patients and their families across the continuum of care.

Examples of fundable projects include:

  • Development and evaluation of a patient teaching project.
  • Non-pharmacological management of post-operative pain and nausea.
  • Assessment of a new wound care technique.
  • Mentorship to assist role development in graduate nursing students or new nurse manager.

It is expected that SUSN Alumnae Legacy Projects will focus on issues/questions that are strategic priorities in contemporary health care and innovations that advance improvements in Clinical patient care quality, outcomes and costs.

Who may apply

Applicants for SUSN Alumnae Legacy Project grants, in the role of Principal Investigator or Project Director, must be registered nurses affiliated with Stanford University Hospital & Clinics (SHC), Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) at Stanford, or off campus sites with established Clinical affiliations with SHC or LPCH; or graduates of SUSN.

Because it is envisioned that SUSN Alumnae Legacy Grant Projects will be highly collaborative, members of the project team, for example, co-Investigators or project consultants, need not be formally affiliated with Stanford Health Care.

Dissemination of SUSN legacy project results

Project teams are expected to actively disseminate project results. All teams will submit a 3–6 page summary report to the Center for Nursing Research & Innovation when the project is completed, and will present findings in a podium or poster format at the annual Research Days Conference. All publications and presentations are expected to acknowledge the SUSN Alumnae Legacy Project and Stanford Health Care as project sponsors.

Project timeframe

Once awarded, SUSN Alumnae Legacy Projects are typically conducted and completed within a continuous one year period following appropriate administrative and Human Subjects Review approvals.

Stanford University School of Nursing legacy proposal development & review process

New SUSN Alumnae Legacy Project Grants are funded on an ongoing basis, as funds permit. The proposal development and submission process begins with an idea, question or issue that is congruent with the aims of the Legacy grants.

Once the idea has been developed, a proposal should be submitted to the SUSN Legacy review board. Proposals should include the following:

  • Project purpose and aims
  • Significance of the project
  • Project design
  • How results will be evaluated
  • A description of the project team
  • Timeline and budget
  • Projects with a research component should include hypotheses, a definition of the sample-population to be studied and a description of data collection and analysis.

The Center for Nursing Research & Innovation will assist potential grant applicants with:

  • Exploring ideas, questions or issues to study.
  • Confirming the strategic significance of the proposal idea.
  • Forming SUSN Alumnae Legacy project teams as needed.
  • Clarifying budget parameters.

Contact Information

For further information and an application, please contact one of the SUSN Alumnae Legacy Grant Coordinators:


Lynn Forsey
300 Pasteur Drive, H0105, MC 1020
Stanford, CA 94305


Annette Nasr
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Donna Frantz
900 Welch Road, Suite 206
Palo Alto, CA 94304