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Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR)

A Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention: Interprofessional Collaborative practice grant competition is not planned for FY 2015.

  • Awards will be made instead to highly qualified applications that were recommended for funding during the HRSA-14-070 competition in February 2014, but did not receive awards because funds were not available.
  • Awards are dependent on the FY 2015 appropriation.
  • Current grantees are not affected.
  • Both 2014 and 2015 grantees will be eligible to submit new applications to the 2016 competition. Competing continuations will not be accepted.


The Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) program has a broad legislative authority to address development and advancement of the nursing workforce. The NEPQR program provides grant support for academic, service and continuing education projects designed to enhance nursing education, improve the quality of patient care, increase nurse retention and strengthen the nursing workforce. Annual Report on the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Grant Program, FY 2011 (PDF - 231 KB)


Eligible applicants are accredited schools of nursing, health care facilities or a partnership of a school and facility. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

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The FY 2014 competition is focused on expanding Interprofessional Collaborative Practice environments where nurses and other professional disciplines work together to provide comprehensive healthcare services for patients and their families. 

The FY 2013 competition focused on expansion (enrollment in baccalaureate nursing programs; internship and residency programs; and education in new technologies), practice (nursing practice arrangements in non-institutional settings; care for underserved populations and other high-risk groups; managed care, quality improvement, and other skills; or cultural competencies) and retention (career ladder bridge programs or enhanced patient care delivery systems).


Kirk Koyama, MSN, RN, PHN, CNS

Marian Smithey, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN

Kasey Farrell