Nursing Workforce Diversity


Supports projects that increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented among registered nurses.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 The NWD Program supported 65 college-level degree programs as well as 164 training programs and activities designed to recruit and retain health professions students. These programs trained 6,549 students, including 2,886 students who graduated or completed their programs. Degree programs had 2,880 enrolled students this academic year, missing the target. This was primarily due to a new cohort of FY 2017 grantees being in a capacity-building year. In addition to providing support to students, NWD grantees partnered with 743 training sites during the academic year to provide 6,888 clinical training experiences to trainees across all programs. Approximately 48 percent of training sites were located in medically underserved communities and 33 percent were in primary care settings.
Section 821 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 296m)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are collegiate schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, State or local governments, and other private or public entities accredited by a recognized body or bodies or state agency, approved for the purpose of nursing education by the Secretary of Education. In addition to schools in the 50 states, only those in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are eligible to apply. Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Accredited public and nonprofit private schools of nursing and other public or nonprofit private entities. Project participants must be in an accredited program, a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national of the United States or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible participants and may not receive NWD grant support.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted with an application package.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through All eligible, qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Award Procedure
Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) through a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 to 180 days after receipt of applications.
Not applicable.
Depending on Agency priorities and availability of funding, during the final budget year of the approved project period competing continuation applications may be solicited from interested applicants.
How are proposals selected?
Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. Critical indicators have been developed for each review criterion to assist the applicant in presenting pertinent information related to that criterion and to provide the reviewer with a standard for evaluation. Competing applications are reviewed by nonfederal reviewers for technical merit recommendations. . Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: (1) Purpose and Need; (2) Response to Program Purpose; (3) Impact; (4) Organizational Information, Resources and Capabilities; and (5) Support Requested. See the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used for salaries of personnel specifically employed for the project; consultant fees; supplies and equipment necessary to conduct the project; essential travel expenses and student stipends or scholarships; and other expenses related to the project.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: The recipient must agree to maintain non-federal funding for grant activities at a level which is not less than expenditures for such activities during the fiscal year prior to receiving the award.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
This funding opportunity provides support for a 4-year project period. Recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS); the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Tara D. Spencer
5600 Fishers Lane, Rm. 11N94B
Rockville, MD 20857 US
Phone: 301-443-3192
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$13,857,483.00; FY 19 est $16,065,986.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$13,857,483.00; FY 16$13,867,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY18 Range: $245,100-$500,000; Average award: $471,500 FY19 Range: $245,100-$500,000; Average award: $471,500 FY20 est Range: $0
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75. HRSA awards are also subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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