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Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD)

A Nursing Workforce Diversity 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-14-069 competition in January 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 purpose of NWD is to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented among registered nurses.  The program supports projects that provide student stipends or scholarships, stipends for diploma or associate degree nurses to enter a bridge or degree completion program, student scholarships or stipends for accelerated nursing degree programs, pre-entry preparation, advanced education preparation, and retention activities.


Eligible applicants are accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other private or public entities that the Secretary determines are appropriate, including faith-based and community-based organizations, and tribes and tribal organizations.  

A funding preference will be given to applicants with projects that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in State or local health departments.

Individuals are not eligible to apply for these funds.

More Information

Program details (Opportunity Closing Date: 1/24/2014)
Active Grants and Abstracts
Technical assistance


Tara Spencer, MS, RN

José H. Santiago-Vélez, PhD, EdM