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Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program. The purpose of this program is to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds (including ethnic and racial minorities underrepresented among registered nurses) throughout the educational pipeline in becoming registered nurses. This purpose is accomplished by supporting diploma or associate degree registered nurses as they become baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses, and preparing practicing registered nurses for advanced nursing education.
The NWD program uses a comprehensive systems approach to implementing evidence-based strategies successful in supporting nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds from enrollment through graduation. This approach includes an assessment of the social determinants that impede the educational success of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, identification of the needs of these students, and implementation of tailored, evidence-based strategies to address their identified social determinants and multi-faceted needs.
Eligible applicants may submit only one application to this NOFO.
Eligible applicants include accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, State or local governments, and other private or public non-profit entities determined appropriate by the Secretary. Eligible faith-based organizations, communitybased organizations, and Tribes and Tribal Organizations can apply for these funds if they are otherwise eligible.
HRSA estimates approximately $16,100,000 to be available annually to fund up to 29 recipients. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $555,000 (includes both direct and indirect facility) per year. The period of performance is July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2025 (4 years). Funding beyond the first year is subject to the availability of appropriated funds for the NWD program in subsequent fiscal years, satisfactory recipient performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.