Office of Nursing Research

Office of Nursing Research

Advancing Nursing Scholarship

The Office of Nursing Research (ONR) mission is to empower faculty and students to advance nursing science to improve health and wellbeing by setting the standard for innovative collaborative scholarship.
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is among the top five nursing schools in the U.S. for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), securing $8.9 million in NIH research grants as part of a total portfolio of $17.9 million in 2018.


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Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
1520 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30322-4207

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Drenna Waldrop-Valverde PhD
Interim Associate Dean for Research and Director of Graduate Studies, Professor

Jessica Abrams
Senior Administrative Assistant

Ken Hepburn, PhD

Melinda Higgins, PhD
Associate Research Professor

Sudeshna Paul , PhD
Assistant Research Professor

Nikolay Patrushev, MD
Manager, Research Laboratory

Rema Henry
Data Manager

Nursing Informationist
Sharon Leslie, MSLS, AHIP
WHSC Library

To begin working with the Office of Nursing research, please complete the Proposal Initiation Form.

While we need a Proposal Initiation Form (PIF) for every proposal, we understand that investigators may not have answers for all of the questions.  Not all of the fields on the form are required, so it’s OK to leave a question blank if you don’t know the answer.


  1. To begin working with the Office of Nursing research, please complete theProposal Initiation Form.

  2. Schedule a proposal preparation meeting with your RAS Pre-Award Administrator, Beth Kefeli: In this meeting, you may review the proposal guidelines and mutually agree on target due dates for when specific budget and grant information will be provided.

  3. Contact the ONR for:

    • Brainstorming: Brainstorming sessions can be held as a strategic planning session at any stage of your research development. They can be held to brainstorm about directions of a proposal or how to respond to an RFP. E-mail Drenna Waldrop-Valverde directly to schedule.

    • Budget Planning: Reviewers will look for a reasonable budget based on the needs of your research program. We can help you create a budget for your project. Contact your RAS Pre-Award Administrator to schedule a meeting. 

    • Editorial Support: Our services include copy editing, formatting to agency guidelines, and analysis of the content and flow of the proposal  Contact Ken Hepburn to schedule an editorial support appointment. 

    • Mock Review: These sessions are meant to allow faculty to get detailed feedback on a grant proposal they're working on and/or to gain insight into the standard review process at funding agencies. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for review, contact Jessica Abrams

    • Data Management: Our data management team assists with preparing and reviewing data management or data sharing plans accompanying grant proposals.

    • Statistical Support: Members of our statistical support team advise on the statistical aspects of proposals or current projects. We encourage researchers to consult a statistician early in the planning stage of a project - ideally at the grant preparation stage. For R-level awards, percentage effort for a PhD statistician is generally expected by the funding agency. Contact Jessica Abrams to schedule with a consultant. 

    • Laboratory Support: If you are including collection of biological samples in your research protocol,  contact  Nikolay Patrushev to start the planning process. 

    • Workshops and Seminars: The ONR hosts workshops and/or seminars in order to promote research and scholarship success.  For a list of topics and dates, visit the SON events calendar.

ONR provides assistance interfacing with the SON Business Office and RAS. Post-Award support is provided largely by the RAS post-award team. If you need assistance with identifying your Post-Award administrator, please contact Beth Kefeli

Contact the ONR for: 

  • Award Management: You will be assigned to a Post-Award RAS administrator and a SON Financial Analyst. Please contact Jessica Abrams with questions.

  • Data management: Upon notice of award or as early as JIT, follow-up with the data manager on your team.

  • Statistical Support: Upon notice of award or as early as JIT, follow-up with your statistical support consultant.

  • Laboratory Support: If you are including collection of biological samples in your research protocol contact Nikolay Patrushev to implement the plan.

  • Dissemination of faculty and student research accomplishments:  The ONR disseminates faculty and student research awards, accomplishments and impact.

Emory Institutional Review Board (IRB) Resources

IRB homepage 

IRB staff and members listing

IRB’s Does My Project Need IRB Review page 

Submission Type Guidance (Full, Expedited, Exempt, or Not Human Subjects Research) 

Other Submission Guidance Resources