Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

This announcement solicits applications for the Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) program. The overall purpose of the NWD program is to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including ethnic and racial minorities who are underrepresented among registered nurses. 

This FY 2017 announcement solicits applications for a four year NWD program to strengthen and expand the comprehensive use of evidence-based strategies shown to increase the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in schools of nursing. For the purpose of this FOA, students from disadvantaged backgrounds include racial and ethnic minorities who are underrepresented among registered nurses, and individuals who are educationally and/or economically disadvantaged.

Applicants must be committed to increasing diversity in health professions training programs and the health workforce. This commitment helps ensure, to the extent possible, that the health workforce reflects the diversity of the nation. Training programs must develop the competencies and skills needed for intercultural understanding and expand cultural fluency, recognizing that bringing people of diverse backgrounds and experiences together facilitates innovative and strategic practices that enhance the health of all people. Accordingly, nursing training programs must be committed to developing a nursing workforce that is more reflective of the communities needing to be served. 

Eligible applicants may submit only one application to this FOA. Multiple applications from any single organization are not allowed.

Duke researchers should contact Barbara Turner,, of Wendy Conklin by September 30, 2016 if you are interested in applying

Sponsor Deadline: November 14, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

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, community-based organizations, and Tribes and Tribal Organizations can apply for these funds.



Amount Description

This program will provide funding for a four-year project period during federal fiscal years FY 2017 - 2020. Approximately $12,500,000 is expected to be available annually to fund up to 25 recipients. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $500,000 per year. The actual amount available in FY 2017 will not be determined until enactment of the final FY 2017 federal budget. 

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Medical - Clinical Science

Internal Deadline

September 30, 2016

External Deadline

November 14, 2016