ArticlesADVANCING NURSING EDUCATION SCIENCE: An Analysis of the NLN's Grants Program 2008-2010Duffy, Joanne R.; Frenn, Marilyn; Patterson, BarbaraAuthor Information About the Authors Joanne R. Duffy, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, is immediate past chair of NERAC; during her leadership, NERAC began the performance improvement database and the face-to-face grant review panel. Marilyn Frenn, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, current chair, is associate professor, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She continues to improve NERAC activities through several means, including the website, webinars, and improvements in the proposal review process. Barbara Patterson, PhD, RN, a professor at Widener University School of Nursing, Chester, Pennsylvania, is a current NERAC member. The authors are grateful to Ramona Nelson, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, NLN consultant to NERAC. For more information, contact Dr. Duffy at email@example.com. Nursing Education Perspectives: January-February 2011 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 10-13 Buy Abstract ABSTRACT The National League for Nursing has responded to the increasing need for nursing education research through its grant program. Significant growth in proposals has intensified competition for funds and challenged the Nursing Education Research Advisory Council's review process. The purpose of this article is to explore the NLN's nursing education research proposals from 2008 to 2010 in order to improve performance and provide guidance to future nursing education researchers. Beginning with the 2008 grant cycle, a database was developed to assist in performance improvement. A total of 113 proposals were submitted; of those, 24 were funded for a success rate of greater than 21 percent. Various designs and samples were employed and all geographic regions of the United States were represented. Inter-rater reliability among reviewers remained high and the scientific rigor of proposals steadily increased. Increased funding from other sources is urgently needed to build the science of nursing education. Copyright 2011 by National League for Nursing, Inc.