Research Funding

New Careers in Nursing Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing initiative is designed to help alleviate the nursing shortage in the United States and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program will provide scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs.

The program has a two-fold purpose: to increase the numbers of nurses and to address diversity among nursing professionals. Given the need to increase the numbers of nurses, successful applicant organizations must demonstrate that additional resources will be used to leverage internal and external resources to expand or increase diversity in their professional nursing programs. Applications should address the applicant organization’s past achievements and future plans to recruit and retain a diverse student body.

Funds to support up to four hundred scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded to selected schools of nursing for a one-year period. A school of nursing may apply for between five and thirty scholarships per year, to be awarded to students from underrepresented groups in nursing or who are economically disadvantaged. Preference will be given to schools able to demonstrate that the availability of scholarship funds will expand enrollment in accelerated nursing programs.

To be eligible, applicant institutions must offer an entry-level accelerated baccalaureate nursing program or master’s nursing program for non-nursing college graduates and be accredited by a nursing accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Optional applicant Web conference calls will be held on November 7 and December 6, 2012. Registration is required.

The complete call for applications, application instructions, and conference call details are available at the RWJF Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

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