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Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Jan 8, 2019

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Offers funding to strengthen academic clinical partnerships and provide education and training to eligible nursing students, including aspiring nurse practitioners (NPs), primary care clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), or nurse-midwives (NMs). Addresses health professional shortages by supporting longitudinal clinical training experiences focused on providing care to rural and underserved populations.

Funds may be used to:

  • Establish or improve one or more innovative academic clinical partnerships between nursing schools and clinical practice partners
  • Organize and administer longitudinal clinical training experiences in community-based settings to advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students, including NPs, CNSs, and NMs
  • Recruit, train, develop, support, and evaluate preceptors as program partners to improve clinical and didactic nursing education in community-based settings
  • Link NP, CNS, and NM graduates with resources to help them secure employment in rural and underserved communities
  • Develop the ability to monitor the career outcomes of nursing students after graduation to determine if graduates are continuing to practice in rural and underserved communities

Applicants are encouraged to address one of the following program priorities:

  • Combating opioid use disorder and mental health issues
  • Initiatives for improved care quality and delivery of value-based care
  • Workforce transformation centered on targeting needs
  • Telehealth
  • Childhood obesity
  • Maternal mortality

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $700,000 per year, including up to $350,000 per year for traineeship funds
Project period: 4 years
Estimated number of awards: Up to 53
Estimated total annual program funding: $37,250,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Accredited schools of nursing
  • Nursing centers
  • Academic health centers
  • State or local governments
  • HRSA-supported health centers
  • Private or public nonprofit entities
  • Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations
  • Tribes and tribal organizations

Students eligible for ANEW traineeship support must:

  • Be a licensed RN
  • Be enrolled full- or part-time in an advanced nursing education program to become certified as an NP, a CNS, or an NM
  • Be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Be a citizen of the U.S., a foreign national having in his/her possession a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S., or a non-citizen national
  • Maintain the predetermined academic standards of the recipient institution

Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to receive ANEW support.

Funding preference will be given to projects that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in state or local health departments.

Applicants should indicate in Attachment 8 their request for funding preference based on rural, underserved, or public health nursing needs in state or local health departments.

Applicants interested in a rural funding preference can use the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer to determine whether a county or specific address is designated as rural for this funding opportunity.

Applicants interested in an underserved funding preference can use the Find Shortage Areas by Address tool to determine whether a specific address is located in a shortage area for this funding opportunity.

Applicants interested in a public health nursing needs in state or local health departments funding preference must complete ANEW Table 1, in the Appendix of the funding announcement, referring to the program's past performance in this area.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicant frequently asked questions
Applicant technical assistance webinar recording


For additional information or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues:
Latisha Nibblett

For programmatic or technical questions:
Michael McCalla, MSHA

ANEW program contacts:
Janice B. Young, PhD, MPH, RN

Karen Delia Breeden, MPA

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received can be found on the program website by searching the program name "Advanced Nursing Education Workforce."

Communities who have received funding to address the healthcare needs in rural areas include:

Topics This Program Addresses

Colleges and Universities • Education and Training • Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Opioids • Substance Use Disorder • Teleservices and Technology