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Research Services

The Office of Nursing Research (ONR) is highly experienced in its design to support faculty and students with applying to, obtaining, and managing funding for research projects. 

Community Knowledge Building 

Dedicated to continually expanding and strengthening Penn Nursing’s community knowledge base, the ONR offers colloquia featuring renowned guest lecturers spotlighting research topics of interest to better inform investigators across all levels of expertise. The ONR also presents Responsible Conduct of Research seminars and shares information about funding opportunities as well as opportunities for students to become involved in faculty research projects.


Grant Lifecycle Support

The ONR’s Grants Managers are focused on helping to meet the requirements of the grant proposal, the subsequent award, and the financial requirements of the sponsor. Pre-award services include identification of funding sources, budget creation, mock reviews, routing and approval, and proposal submission. Templates of frequently used documents are also made available to researchers. Post-award support includes award documentation, budget administration and oversight, guidance with regulatory compliance, assistance with filing annual reports, and closeout and audit of the award.


Statistical Collaboration 

ONR’s team of highly-skilled statisticians not only ensure statistical rigor and appropriateness, but also make sure that a study design is practical, feasible, and scientifically justifiable. Collaboration with a skilled statistician typically yields more clearly articulated results better able to satisfy reviewers’ expectations and stand up to peer-review. Expert at identifying and addressing potential issues, ONR statisticians may suggest exploring alternatives such as more appropriate statistical designs, or perhaps modern modeling techniques. Statistical collaboration provides support for grant or research projects in the areas of sample size, power analysis computation, data management, statistical analysis, and results presentation.

Laboratory of Innovative and Translational Nursing Research

Penn Nursing is one of the few schools of nursing in the U.S. to host a dedicated nursing research lab where Penn Nursing faculty and student investigators explore interactions among biological, behavioral, and social factors to advance health. The lab conducts assays, provides descriptions of assays for grants, regulatory documents and protocols, develops new assays for projects (when equipment allows), and provides a site where faculty may conduct their own explorations under the direction of an experienced lab manager. In addition, the lab provides facilities to store, catalogue, and release biological samples.