AANA Foundation: Nurse Anesthesia Education and Research

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    High-level research is critically important to improving anesthesia patient safety, advocating for the profession, and rebutting inaccuracies and mistruths about nurse anesthesia. The Proof is Power Annual Fund supports research, grants, student programs, fellowships, scholarships, workshops, awards, and poster sessions.


    • Research Grants
    • Student Scholarships
    • "State of the Science" Oral and General Poster Sessions
    • Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowships
    • Research Funding and Workforce Study Workshops
    • Awards

    More about the AANA Foundation:


    To advance the science of anesthesia through education and research. As the philanthropic arm of the AANA, the Foundation raises funds and invests in projects that directly support the nurse anesthesia profession.


    To serve as the leading source for assuring safe anesthesia care through education and research.

    Core Values:

    Knowledge, integrity, excellence, scientific inquiry, stewardship, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Our Accomplishments

    Since 1981, the Foundation has awarded more than $5 million to more than 4,200 individuals as detailed below. 

    • 1,338 scholarships totaling $2,353,750 to support nurse anesthesia
    • 190 fellowships totaling more than $1,327,000 to assist CRNAs and CRNA students pursuing their PhD and DNP degrees, and post-doctoral work
    • 205 research and educational grants to CRNAs totaling $1,075,500
    • 63 student research grants totaling more than $78,600
    • 2,451 poster presentations at AANA Annual Congress totaling $173,000

    FY21 Annual Fund achievements include:

    More than $370,000 was awarded to the following program recipients:

    • 73 scholarships totaling $217,250 to support nurse anesthesia
    • 5 research grants totaling $140,183
    • 2 educational grants totaling $3,696
    • 5 student research grants totaling $12,200
    • 98 poster presentations at AANA Annual Congress totaling $4,000
    • Honored the following CRNAs – Edwin Aroke, Steven Mund, Donnell Carter and Rose Silveira – for their efforts in the areas of research, philanthropy, and volunteerism.

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