Named Grants

MNRS/Sally Lusk Grant

(supports the research development of budding scholars in the Midwest Region)

Sally Lusk, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN has had a distinguished career as a nurse researcher and educator. Her particular area of expertise is in noise-induced hearing loss in occupational settings and the development and testing of hearing protection intervention programs. Dr. Lusk’s findings have influenced both policy and practice. In recognition of her outstanding research contributions, Dr. Lusk has been awarded the Distinguished Research Award from MNRS, the Mary Louise Brown Research Recognition Award from the American Association of Occupational Health, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University School of Nursing for excellence in research. A dedicated and sustained leader, Dr. Lusk served as President of the Midwest Nursing Research Society from 2005-2007 and then helped to establish the MNRS Foundation in 2008. She lead the Foundation, with incredible passion and devotion, from 2008-2013 as its first President. For these and many other accomplishments, in 2012 Dr. Lusk received the MNRS Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year, the Midwest Nursing Research Society is pleased to offer a $2,500 Grant in her honor entitled the MNRS/Sally Lusk Grant. The purpose of this grant is to support the research development of budding scholars in the Midwest Region.

*Please note that MNRS will not be accepting applications for the MNRS/Sally Lusk Grant in 2018.  

MNRS/Joseph & Jean Buckwalter Grant

(supports the research development of budding scholars in the Midwest Region, especially those with interests in cancer and depression)

Dr. Joseph Addison Buckwalter III was a former faculty member of the University of Iowa (U of I) College of Medicine, and at the time of his death he was an Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of North Carolina. He was instrumental in establishing the Iowa statewide cancer registry and in developing a program for treatment of patients with diseases of the thyroid gland. He conducted research in a variety of areas and in particular the genetically determined patterns of the incidence of gastric and duodenal ulcers and carcinoma of the stomach. Following his retirement from clinical practice, Dr. Buckwalter continued to teach and serve on committees for UNC. He regularly contributed editorials to local newspapers and served as a volunteer and leader for a variety of community programs, including Habitat for Humanity, Dispute Settlement Center, Freedom House, North Carolina Chapter of the Hemlock Society, and the YMCA.

Jean Buckwalter was married to Dr. Buckwalter and was a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa.  She was an organizational wizard who worked in advertising and marketing and became secretary to the Chairman of the U of I, Department of Surgery. In Chapel Hill, Jean did volunteer work with various non profits including United Way, Presbyterian Women, Meals on Wheels, and Inter-Faith Council. Jean was a strong, intelligent, curious woman who held people to high standards, yet was insightful and compassionate. Her interests included bridge, travel, reading and public policy. Her most important quality was an indomitable, confident spirit that could not be broken through personal health challenges and misfortunes. She created a strong sense of family and assisted them in achieving their full potential in life as mother/stepmother to 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

This $2,500 grant was made possible through a bequest from the estate of Dr. Joseph and Jean Buckwalter to their son and daughter-in-law, Jody and Kitty Buckwalter. The purpose of this grant is to support the research development of budding scholars in the Midwest Region, especially those with interests in cancer and depression.

*Please note that MNRS will not be accepting applications for the MNRS/Joseph & Jean Buckwalter Grant in 2018.  


Please Note: Doctoral students may only apply for dissertation awards.



Recipients will be notified if they have received the grant in February.

Funding starts at the end of the Annual Conference, but only after the recipient has received IRB approval. Attaining IRB approval is the responsibility of the investigator.

Budget is not to exceed applicable grant amount. Only expenses essential to the conduct of the proposed research will be funded. No indirect costs are allowed.

Allowable expenses:

  • Personnel: RAs can be hired on an hourly or FTE% basis. State percentage of effort on project and salaries and benefits. PI and CoPI salaries, and subcontractors, are NOT allowable.
  • Supplies: Items with a unit cost of $500 or less.
  • Travel only as related to carrying out this research proposal NOT to present the findings of the study
  • Printing, Parking, food postage, subject incentives, telephone, and duplicating in this category.

Prohibited expenses:

  • Equipment
  • Supplies with a unit cost of more than $500
  • Personal computers
  • PI and CoPI salaries
  • Subcontractors
  • Educational assistance such as tuition, textbooks, or dissertation preparation
  • Travel or per diem to present papers or posters to MNRS or any other conference
  • Conference registration
  • Funds cannot be used to travel to the MNRS Conference
  • MNRS membership