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Health Personnel Shortage Incentive Grant (HPSIG) Program

The Health Personnel Shortage Incentive Grant (HPSIG) is funded by a percentage of physicians' fees collected annually by the Maryland Board of Physicians (Annotated Code of Maryland, Education Article 18-803).  These funds are now ready for distribution to postsecondary institutions to enhance or expand approved academic programs in health occupations experiencing personnel shortages in Maryland.

FY 2014
Maryland Certified Health Personnel Shortage List  

The Maryland Higher Education Commission invites institutions with academic programs that produce graduates eligible to take the appropriate national examination for licensure, certification, or registration in the certified health personnel shortage areas to apply for the HPSIG formula based grant. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene annually approves the list of health personnel shortage areas based on healthcare occupational projections produced by the Department of Labor and Licensing and has certified the following health personnel shortage areas for the FY 2014 funding round:      

        Family Practice Physician



        Physical Therapist

        Occupational Therapist                                                    

        Licensed Practical Nurse

        Laboratory Technician


Awards will be distributed after all submissions and data have been verified and award amounts computed by MHEC.  Awardees should refer to the timetable below for grant period information and report due dates. Links to application materials are posted below.


FY 2014 Health Personnel Shortage Incentive Grant (HPSIG)
Grant Period:   24 months, 6 month one time no cost extension possible


RFA Issued April 10, 2014
Applications Due   May 19, 2014
Preliminary Notification of Award June 24, 2014
Grant Begins June 24, 2014
Full Payment Issued (after graduation verification) July 2014
Interim Report #1 Due        

November 30, 2014

Interim Report #2 Due November 30, 2015
Grant End Date June 5, 2016
Final Report Due   September 5, 2016

A one-time no cost six-month extension may approved if justified. Please see the RFA for reference,

Please contact Melinda Vann, Director, Office of Outreach and Grants Management, if you have questions about the grant program at mvann@mhec.state.md.us or 410.767.3269

HPSIG FY2014 Instructions and Application (PDF)

HPSIG FY2014 Instructions and Application (DOC)

DHMH Health Occupations Shortage Letter (PDF)

HPSIG Guidelines revised 2002 (PDF) 

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