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Research grant

ACORN is committed to supporting perioperative nursing practices, including research.  Research enables perioperative nurses to identify gaps in current practices and education, as well as generate evidence to address those gaps in order to provide evidence-based patient care. 

ACORN appreciates that research takes time, commitment and funds; therefore, to support and encourage perioperative research, the College is offering four research grants each year. Researchers who have previously been awarded an ACORN research grant are not eligible to apply for three years.

Types of grants

The grants are available to:

  1. beginning researchers (at Master [minor thesis/research] and Undergraduate Honors level) $2,500 x 2
  2. higher degree research students (at doctoral level; post confirmation) $10,000 x 1
  3. early career researchers (post-doctoral) $5,000 x 1


  1. Student researchers must be a member of their local perioperative nursing association.
  2. Research teams
  • the Principle Investigator must be a member their local perioperative nursing association
  • at least one researcher in the team must be a beginning perioperative nurse researcher.



  • The research topic must be directly related to perioperative nursing practice and align with the ACORN vision to advance safe, quality perioperative nursing care for Australians.
  • An ethics approval must be obtained prior to funding being allocated.
  • The grant will be paid into a designated grant account.  Half payment will be made on receipt of ethics approval documentation and the remainder will be paid midway through the project on receipt of a progress report and budget expenditure report.
  • ACORN requires a progress report annually until the project is complete.
  • ACORN will not claim intellectual property rights to the research; however, researchers will be required to:
    • Submit an article for publication in Journal of Perioperative Nursing
    • Present a paper based on the results at the next ACORN biennial conference (costs associated with attending the conference may be included in the project budget.)
    • Acknowledge ACORN funding in all publications and presentations.
    • Seek permission from ACORN before using the ACORN logo on any article, presentation or advertising material for the project to recruit participants.
  • The application form should be completed by the principle investigator.


To meet eligibility for assessment ensure the following inclusions and conditions are followed:

  1. a project timeline
  2. the project budget, that may include costs associated with attending and presenting the research paper at the ACORN biennial conference
  3. succinct information regarding  the aim, significance and research methodology of the project
  4. evidence of university enrolment and details of academic supervisor or mentor (if applicable)
  5.  evidence of membership of ACORN
  6. a letter from the hospital or facility providing in-principle approval of the research project (if applicable)
  7. evidence that the project has ethics approval (if available at the time of application).
  8. all files to be uploaded are to be restricted to one document per upload (Word or pdf).

Applications for grants are now closed.