Scholarships and Awards

NIHD is proud to offer our membership various scholarship and award opportunities! 

Current Annual Initiatives:

Lady with the Lamp Research Grant

This $1000 research grant honors the work initiated by Florence Nightingale as she utilized her nursing skills to observe and document the impact of the built environment on her patients. Theories describe the relationships among variables of interest, and Nightingale's Environmental Theory was a holistic look at the impact of environmental factors such as noise, light and fresh air on patients' ability to heal. Nurses today have the same influence and opportunities to facilitate healing as they provide care to their patients. 

Proposal Submission Information: Submission deadline is July 1, 2018. For other questions contact Angela Boyle, Executive Director, at

Proposal Requirements: The principal investigator must be a registered nurse (other team members may be from other professions). • NIHD will accept applications for masters’ theses or doctoral dissertations only if the proposal has been approved by the principal investigator’s thesis or dissertation committee. If the proposal has not been successfully defended, the application will be considered ineligible. • Principal Investigators (PI) are limited to one application per year. • One grant of $1,000 will be awarded. 

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Healthcare Design Expo+Conference Scholarship

In collaboration with Industry Sponsors, NIHD is proud to offer scholarship opportunities to assist members to attend the Healthcare Design (HCD) Expo+Conference!

This scholarship was created to allow for NIHD members to become more engaged within the organization, by attending our annual meeting and activities at HCD and connecting with our members face-to-face. More information will be released in July 2018. 

The Debbie D. Gregory Leadership Award

NIHD may grant the Debbie D. Gregory Leadership Award to an individual contributing noteworthy clinical and inter-professional leadership in the areas of innovative design improvements in healthcare environments on an annual basis.