Competitive Institutional Grants

Competitive Institutional Grants support institutional funding for increasing educational capacity to provide undergraduate entry level to graduate nursing programs. They are awarded through an annual competitive grant application process. Eligible applicants consist of 1) individual Maryland higher education institutions with nursing degree programs, 2) consortia of Maryland institutions of higher education with nursing degree programs and Maryland hospitals, or 3) partnerships of Maryland higher education institutions with nursing degree programs. Since 2006, programs at all nursing schools across the State of Maryland have been funded through a competitive application and awarding process. We encourage nursing programs to partner with Maryland hospitals, health systems and colleagues at other nursing programs to enhance the success and impact of funded initiatives.

Statewide Initiatives

Statewide Initiatives support individual faculty by increasing the preparation of academic and practice leaders, graduating additional faculty and hospital educators, recruiting and retaining new nursing faculty, increasing the completions of terminal degrees for existing faculty, and sharing important leadership and simulation resources with clinical practice leaders and academic faculty leaders to meet the developing needs of the future nursing workforce.

Current statewide initiatives include: (1) Academic Nurse Educator Certification Award (ANEC), for nurses who demonstrate excellence as an academic nurse educator through achieving and maintaining the National League for Nursing's Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential, (2) Cohen Scholars (CS) for students to complete the graduate education necessary to become nursing faculty at Maryland institutions of higher education, (3) New Nurse Faculty Fellowships (NNFF), for new nurse faculty hired by Maryland institutions to expand enrollments in their nursing programs, (4) Nurse Educator Doctoral Grants for Practice and Dissertation Research (NEDG) for existing faculty to expedite doctoral degree completions, (5) Nurse Faculty Annual Recognition Awards (NFAR) to recognize faculty demonstrating excellence in education in one of 5 areas of expertise.

Other statewide resources include : (1) Nurse Leadership Institute (NLI) to promote innovations between education and practice to lead change and advance health, (2) Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (MCSRC) to increase the quality and quantity of simulation used in nursing education in Maryland, (3) Faculty Academy and Mentoring Initiative of Maryland (FAMI-MD) to prepare experienced nurses to become clinical faculty, (4) Lead Nursing Forward (LNF) to centralize information about nursing education as a career and connect nurses with job openings across institutions and hospitals within Maryland and (5) Maryland Nursing Workforce Center (MNWC).