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Exceptional mentoring and strong interdisciplinary teams place the University of Iowa on the leading edge of nursing research. Research at the College of Nursing is framed by three Areas of Excellence: Pain, Palliative Care and Symptom Management; Gerontology; and Health Systems Improvement.

The CON is home to the world-renowned Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness (CNC), which standardizes nursing language used for treatments and outcomes. 

The Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence works to "advance innovative products and services that focus on enhancing healthy aging." The Iowa Geriatric Education Center (IGEC) is funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to address the unmet needs of the aging rural population by training primary care providers on topics related to geriatric care.

In 2015, the college was designated as an NIH Center for Excellence in Pain Education and also is home to the NIH-funded Pain and Associated Symptoms pre- and postdoctoral training program (2010 – 2021, T32 NR011147). In 2018, the college received a $1.9 million award (2018 – 2023, P20 NR018081) from the National Institute for Nursing Research to establish the Center for Advancing Multimorbidity Science.

CON researchers have access to an enviable array of resources and partnerships, including:  

Research funding is robust at UI's College of Nursing. In 2020, the college was ranked No. 31 in the nation for NIH funding among Colleges of Nursing. In FY 2020, the college was awarded $6,139,243 in grants and contracts. 

This funding allows us to turn ideas into innovations that advance knowledge development and dissemination that ultimately advance the nursing discipline. We are committed to evidence-based practice and translational research and moving our research findings from theory and science into care delivery, resulting in improved health outcomes.