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Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program


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Application Deadline: Apr 7, 2023


Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Offers funding to eligible entities to support the training and graduation of advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students and trainees in the areas of primary care, mental health, substance use, and maternal healthcare.

Funding supports the following goals:

  • Increase the number of nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) trained to serve rural, urban, and tribal underserved populations
  • Increase the diversity of the nursing workforce by recruiting and supporting students and faculty from diverse populations, such as those from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented minorities in the nursing profession
  • Build and expand academic-clinical partnerships to create experiential learning opportunities that prepare trainees to address health equity and social determinants of health (SDOH) for rural, urban, and tribal underserved populations

Required activities include:

  • Implement an advanced nurse education student traineeship program to support the training of primary care NPs, CNSs, and/or CNMs
  • Recruit, train, support, and graduate students, including students from diverse backgrounds, in advanced practice registered nursing
  • Establish or enhance innovative academic-clinical partnerships that facilitate immersive, clinical training experiences for trainees in community-based settings that prepares them to provide high-quality, culturally competent care
  • Produce a signed Memorandum of Understanding outlining partnership(s) agreement(s) between the academic site and the community-based training setting(s)
  • Develop structured faculty and preceptor programs to support the recruitment, training, career development, and retention of new and experienced nurse faculty and preceptors
  • Regularly report to HRSA the increase in the numbers of primary care NPs, CNSs, and CNMs that are in training and have graduated as a result of grant funding
  • Follow-up with graduates to collect post-graduation employment demographics for a minimum of 1 year after graduation and report the number of graduates providing healthcare services

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $650,000 per year
Project period: 4 years
Estimated number of awards: Up to 53
Estimated total annual program funding: $34,828,90

At least 70% of the total funds awarded must be used for student traineeship support. Full-time student traineeship awards can be up to $25,000 per year. Part-time student traineeship awards can be up to $15,000 per year and can only be supported in their final 12 months of training.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Accredited schools of nursing
  • Nursing centers
  • Academic health centers
  • State or local governments
  • Other private or public nonprofit entities, determined appropriate by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services such as:
    • HRSA-supported health centers
    • Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
  • Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations
  • Tribes and tribal organizations

Students eligible for ANEW traineeship support must:

  • Be a licensed registered nurse (RN)
  • Be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Be enrolled full- or part-time in an advanced nursing education program to become certified as an NP, a CNS, or CNM in an approved primary care or behavioral health specialty
  • 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 6 their request for funding preference and include supporting documentation.

Applicants interested in a rural funding preference can use the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer or Am I Rural? tool 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 - MUA Find tool to determine whether a specific address is located in a Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/MUP) practice setting.

Applicants interested in a public health nursing needs in state or local health departments funding preference must provide documentation that shows that graduates/program completers are working in a state or local health department setting serving communities in need.

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 technical assistance webinar recording
Applicant frequently asked questions


For additional information or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues:
Will Weisenberg

For programmatic or technical questions:
Michael McCalla, MSHA

Michael Clark, MBA, RN

Topics This Program Addresses

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