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The National Association of Neonatal Nurses believes that research must be used to drive the practice of neonatal nursing. This means the organization shall provide avenues for members to become more active in reading, understanding, conducting, and practicing research and evidence-based neonatal care.

You are at the forefront of the research needed to continuously improve the state of neonatal care. Because of this, NANN has taken a great step forward with the following new and existing initiatives.

NANN Research Institute

The Research Institute was formed to support you and the neonatal community at large by providing greater access to and assistance in developing and advancing your knowledge and skills, regardless of your level of education or experience and research training. The creation of a research agenda, programming and dissemination, mentoring, and grants campaign are all a part of the Research Institute. The Research Institute is governed by a Steering Council, made up of NANN volunteers who represent the interests of research in neonatal nursing.

NANN gratefully acknowledges the funding provided by the following companies and Charter Members of the Research Institute:

Philips Mother and Child Care Abbott Nutrition
Mead Johnson Nutrition March of Dimes

This support enables NANN to offer you the following current and future programs:

Research Summit

Now Accepting Applications

Want to be a part of the 11th Annual NANN Research Summit? Are you doing research in your NICU? Are you making a practice change in your NICU and evaluating the results? Have you considered submitting the results of your project to the NANN Research Summit Abstract Review Committee?

Join us for the next Research Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 5-7, 2016, by submitting a Research Project or Evidence-Based Practice change project or proposal that you have implemented or are planning to implement and evaluate by early Spring 2016. A few select individuals attend the fully-compensated summit each spring to present their research or practice change outcomes and discuss the process/results with other researchers from around the country and the world!

Take advantage of having the Research Section Editor of the NANN journal Advances in Neonatal Care at the Summit to guide you with developing your project results into a possible manuscript.

NANN is now accepting submission online only for the Research Summit.

Submit Your Project

The new deadline to submit your abstract is Wednesday, November 18, 2015  at 11:59 PM CST. Projects submitted by email will not be accepted. If you have any question, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , NANN Education Manager.

The Research Summit is made possible through an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.


Small Grants Program

The Small Grants Mentee/Mentor Program is now accepting applications from all NANN members with an interest in furthering their research interests and/or initiating their own research study or evidence-based practice (EBP) project. The program provides an avenue for connecting those with little or no research background with experienced researchers to enhance their skills and promote the success of the research study or EBP project.  The deadline to submit your grant application is Monday, March 1, 2016 at 11:59pm CST.

To request a mentor who can assist you with writing your research based grant, please use this form.  If your request is for an EBP grant mentor, then use this request form.

If you are selected to receive one of the three Small Grants, you are required to attend NANN’s 32nd Annual Educational Conference, October 26-29, 2016 in Palm Springs, CA to be recognized and receive your grant. You are also required to present your findings at the 2018 NANN Annual Educational Conference.

To submit an Evidence Based Grant application, please download, complete and return these necessary forms.

To submit a Research Based Grant application, please download, complete and return these necessary forms.

Past Recipients

Click here to view their profiles and updates on their work.

The Small Grants Program is sponsored in part by the following

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Research Agenda

The Research Institute Steering Council has created a list, or agenda, of areas of research to guide NANN's efforts. This list will be shared with the Research Summit and Annual Educational Conference planning committees, offered to those applying for a small grant, and under constant review with regular updates. View NANN's research agenda