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National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

The National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR) advises on which grant applications should be approved and considered for funding, reviews the Institute's extramural programs, and makes recommendations about its intramural research activities.

NACNR consists of six ex officio members (or their designees): the Secretary, Health and Human Services; the Director, NIH; the Director, NINR; the Chief Nursing Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs; the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; the Director of the Division of Nursing of the Health Resources and Services Administration; and 15 members appointed by the Secretary. Two-thirds of the members appointed by the Secretary are from among the leading representatives of the health and scientific disciplines (including public health and the behavioral or social sciences) relevant to the activities of the NINR. At least seven of these members are professional nurses who are recognized experts in the area of clinical practice, education or research. One-third of the members are appointed, by the Secretary, from the general public and include leaders in the fields of public policy, law, health policy, economics and management.

The Council provides the second level of review of grant applications, and recommends to the Institute Director which applications should be approved and considered for funding. These recommendations are based not only on considerations of scientific merit, as judged by the IRGs, but also on the relevance of the proposed project to the Institute's programs and priorities. Funding decisions are made by the Institute Director, who may not legally delegate this decision-making responsibility to the NACNR Council or to any other outside advisory group. However, the Director may follow the Council's recommendations in making funding decisions. Issues such as budget status and program balance may alter Council recommendations.

In addition, the Council reviews the Institute's extramural programs and also makes recommendations about its intramural research activities.

Recent and Upcoming Council Meetings

YearJanuary MeetingMay MeetingSeptember Meeting
2026January 27
Location: Building 45 (Natcher), Conference Rooms E1/E2
May 19
Location: Building 45 (Natcher), Conference Rooms E1/E2
September 15
Location: Building 31C, Conference Rooms F/G
2025January 28
Location: Building 45, Conference Room E1/E2
May 20
Location: Building 45, Conference Room E1/E2
September 9
Location: Building 31, Conference Room 6C6
2024January 25
Council Presentations
Agenda
Concept Clearance
Location: Virtually via Videocast
May 23
Council Presentations
Agenda
Concept Clearance
Location: Building 31, Conference Room 6C6
September 12
Location: Building 31, Conference Room 6C6
2023January 31
Minutes
Agenda
Council Presentations
Location: Virtually via Videocast
May 23
Minutes
Agenda
Council Presentations
Location: Virtually via Videocast
September 12
Minutes
Agenda
Council Presentations
Concept Clearance
Location: Virtually via Videocast
2022January 25
Minutes
Agenda
Council Presentations
Location: Virtually via Videocast
May 24
Minutes
Agenda
Council Presentations
Location: Virtually via Videocast
September 13
Minutes
Agenda
Council Presentations
Location: Virtually via Videocast
2021January 26
Minutes
Agenda
Council Presentations
Location: Virtually via Videocast
May 18
Minutes
Agenda
Council Presentations
Location: Virtually via Videocast
September 14
Minutes
Agenda
Council Presentations
Concept Clearance
Location: Virtually via Videocast
2020January 14-15
Minutes
Council Presentations
Concept Clearance
Location: NIH,
Bldg. 45 (Natcher) Room D
May 19
Minutes
Agenda
Council Presentations
Location: Virtually via Videocast
September 15
Minutes
Agenda
Council Presentations
Location: Virtually via Videocast