GLEN ELLEN, CA--(Marketwire - August 24, 2010) -  The DAISY Foundation is encouraging nurses seeking to impact and improve treatment of patients with auto-immune diseases and cancer to apply for a research or evidence-based practice project grant awarded by the foundation. The Fall deadline to submit a letter of intent for the J. Patrick Barnes Research Grant is September 3, 2010.

The foundation offers two types of research grants: research grants of up to $5,000 for projects that involve clinical research studies that directly benefit patients and/or families; and evidence-based practice grants of up to $2,000 that use patient-focused data to study and develop improved nursing practices. 

For the first time this year, successful applicants will also be allowed to apply for subsequent funding to share their findings at professional conferences. This funding will provide grantees with up to $2,000 for expenses and fees for attending or presenting at a professional conference. 

The DAISY Foundation provides these grants to support registered nurses who continually evaluate their practice, seek answers to clinical questions in an effort to improve their practice, and change their practice based on evidence and evaluation of that change. 

The DAISY Foundation encourages nurses who have research/EBP experience, as well as those who do not have experience to apply. Additional information and the grant applications are available at

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. Having been touched by the remarkable care, clinical skills and compassion demonstrated by nurses during Patrick's illness, the Barnes family established the Foundation to recognize and support exceptional nurses around the country. The Foundation has three primary programs: the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, which recognizes the outstanding daily work of nurses in more than 650 hospitals throughout the United States, the J. Patrick Barnes Research Grant, and the newly introduced DAISY Faculty Award program.