Edge Runners Application


The American Academy of Nursing's (Academy) Edge Runners initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care that reduce cost, improve health care quality, advance health equity, and enhance consumer satisfaction. Through its Edge Runners program, the Academy recognizes new and innovative ideas that transform health and underscore the leadership, ingenuity, and determination of nurses. Edge Runner models demonstrate significant clinical, financial, community, and policy outcomes that are sustained and replicated. 

The Academy is accepting applications for Edge Runner models through April 13, 2023. Fellowship in the Academy is NOT a requirement to apply. There is a one-time, non-refundable fee of $175 per application.

Applications are reviewed by the Edge Runners National Advisory Council, and applicants should expect to receive a notification on their application’s status in Summer 2023. Models that are selected to be recognized as Edge Runners will be featured at the American Academy of Nursing’s 2023 Health Policy Conference in Washington, DC from October 5-7, 2023.*


Successful models that meet the criteria to be designated as an Edge Runner demonstrate:

  • A high level of evidence of efficacy or effectiveness on clinical, financial, and community outcomes;
  • Policy impact (demonstrated change(s) in health policy at the local, state, regional, national, or global level);
  • Sustainability (uptake beyond a research study pilot project or demonstration) and evidence that the innovation is integrated in policy or practice (e.g. practice guidelines, research policy, health policy, becomes standard of care); and
  • Replicability by institutions, organizations, and communities (e.g. beyond the research or demonstration site).

Application Process:

The application and payment must be submitted by April 13, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET. Applications must be submitted through the application link to be considered. Applicants may be asked to participate in a Zoom interview with members of the Edge Runners National Advisory Council to provide additional context or clarification about one’s model. Should an interview be requested, participation is required in order for an application to advance through the review process.  

Please note that the Academy no longer grants Emerging Edge Runner status.

If you have any questions about the application or the application process, please contact the Academy’s Program Manager Harper Garfinkle at Hgarfinkle@aannet.org. Please include in the subject line of your email, “2023 Edge Runners Application.”

*Please note, only the primary representative of the model(s) selected will be invited to the stage to accept the Edge Runners award at the Health Policy Conference in October.