HRSA Announces Three Nursing Funding Opportunities
HRSA Announces Three Nursing Funding Opportunities

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has announced two funding opportunities for accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, State or local government, and other private or public entities determined appropriate by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program and Advanced Nursing Education (ANE) Program. In addition, the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program is accepting applications from accredited schools of nursing, health care facilities, or a partnership of such a school and facility. Words for Good® has collaborated with various institutions on the preparation of each of these applications in the past, securing funding on numerous occasions.

HRSA’s NWD Program serves to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered nurses) by providing scholarships or stipends for (1) diploma or associate degree nurses to enter degree completion programs, and (2) accelerated nursing degree programs, pre-entry preparation, advanced education preparation, and retention activities. HRSA anticipates making 12 NWD grant awards of up to $350,000 per year for a three-year project period. Applications are due January 24, 2014.

HRSA’s ANE Program funds advanced nursing education programs that address the health care needs of persons with multiple chronic conditions. Proposed advanced nursing education programs must incorporate into an interprofessional education (IPE) model and engage other graduate health professionals, as well as demonstrate the integration of IPE into the nursing curriculum. Behavioral health and substance use components, along with applications that focus on the health of veterans and their families, are encouraged. HRSA anticipates making 43 ANE grant awards of up to $375,000 per year over the three-year project period. Applications are due January 28, 2014.

NEPQR applicants are required to propose innovations in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP). The overall purpose of the program is to support the development of collaborative practice environments that deliver patient and population-centered quality health care that is safe, efficient, effective and equitable. The program also promotes interprofessional team work and team-based care by increasing the number of nurses skilled in IPCP. HRSA will provide funding in the form of 14 cooperative agreements of up to $500,000 per year for the three-year project period. Applications are due February 3, 2014.