Sigma Nursing announces the Dorothy Brooten Permanent Fund establishing a new nursing research small grant

INDIANAPOLIS —The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) today announced the establishment of a new permanent fund named for and endowed by renowned nurse researcher Dorothy Brooten, RN, PhD, FAAN. The Dorothy Brooten Permanent Fund, to be managed by the Sigma Foundation for Nursing, intends to fund a nursing research small grant each year beginning in the 2023-2024 grant cycle.

Dorothy-Brooten_150x150Dr. Brooten, who received her first research grant from Sigma, is well respected for her four-decade career in nursing research. She established this grant with first-hand knowledge that small research grants are essential in developing science and nurse scientists. In her words, “These grants provide direction for further research, provide investigators with confidence that others believe in their research, and provide opportunities to pilot methods, problem solve hurdles, develop teams, work with Institutional Review Boards, and publish and present study results.”

Read Sigma’s benefactor profile and synopsis of Dr. Brooten’s research, honors, and acknowledgments.

About the new permanent fund and research grant, Sigma President Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, said, “Dr. Dorothy Brooten’s gift exemplifies leadership by example as a world-class nurse researcher paving the way for other nurse scientists to follow in her footsteps. I extend my sincere thanks for her foresight and generosity, and I look forward to the impact this new grant will make.”

Thanks to its donors and grant partners, the Foundation provides annual funding for more than US $360,000 in research grants, leadership education grants, membership subsidies, and support for Sigma initiatives.

Read more about Sigma research grants.


The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members and 550 chapters at institutions of higher education and healthcare partners from Armenia, Australia, and Botswana to Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Sigma members include clinical nurses and administrators, academic nurse educators and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others working to fulfill the organization’s vision of connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global healthcare. Learn more at