Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing. She established the first secular nursing school in the world, which is now part of King’s College in London. She came to prominence while serving as manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she organized care for soldiers. Florence Nightingale was also the first Nurse Statistician and Researcher, effectively using graphical presentations of statistical data and is credited with developing a form of the pie chart now known as the polar area diagram or the Nightingale Rose Diagram. In the spirit of her pioneering effort and work, we dedicate the Fund in her namesake. In addition to published priorities on our website, emphasis is focused on Nursing as well as Interdisciplinary approaches where nursing's contribution to the health of our community is an integral part of the research.