Collaborating With Businesses to Support and Sustain Research

West J Nurs Res. 2015 Oct;37(10):1308-22. doi: 10.1177/0193945915578541. Epub 2015 Apr 13.


Financial assistance is necessary for sustaining research at universities. Business collaborations are a potential means for obtaining these funds. To secure funding, understanding the process for obtaining these business funds is important for nursing faculty members. Although faculty rarely request funding from businesses, they are often in a position to solicit financial support due to existing relationships with clinical agency administrators, staff, and community leaders. The economic support received from businesses provides outcomes in nursing research, research education, academic-service partnerships, and client health care. This article describes the steps and processes involved in successfully obtaining research funding from businesses. In addition, case examples for securing and maintaining funding from health care agencies (evidence-based practice services) and from a health manufacturing company (product evaluation) are used to demonstrate the process.

Keywords: academic-service; business; collaboration; evidence-based practice; financial support; nursing research; research and development; research support; undergraduate research education; university-clinical agency partnerships.

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Financial Support
  • Humans
  • Nursing Research / economics*
  • Nursing Research / methods
  • Private Sector / economics*
  • Private Sector / statistics & numerical data
  • Private Sector / trends