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October 2009 Press Release



For immediate release: October 9, 2009                                    Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
                                                                                                             Communications: (410) 260-4511



Grants to address Maryland’s nursing shortage available through MHEC

(Annapolis, MD) October 9, 2009 – On behalf of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, the Maryland Higher Education Commission today announced the availability of grant funds for Phase 5 of the Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) Competitive Institutional Grants. Applications are being sought to address Maryland’s shortage of nurses and qualified nursing faculty. Eligible applicants for Competitive Institutional Grants are consortia of Maryland higher education institutions with nursing degree programs and Maryland hospitals; individual Maryland higher education institutions with nursing degree programs; or partnerships of Maryland higher education institutions with nursing degree programs.

“One of Maryland’s critical workforce issues is the continued shortage of nurses in our hospitals,” said Governor O’Malley. “And this program goes a long way to helping address the crisis by expanding the capacity of the nurse training programs.”

This Request for Applications (RFA) for Phase 5 of the Nurse Support Program II Competitive Institutional Grant Program is available at http://www.mhec.state.md.us/Grants/NSPII/NSPIV/RFACompetitiveGrantsFY2011NSPII.doc

A technical assistance meeting will be on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Following an overview of the program, a networking lunch and proposal workshop will be held. Prospective applicants are encouraged to bring their grant preparation team to meet informally with MHEC staff to discuss projects being developed and get feedback on those plans. The meeting will be held at the Charles I. Ecker Business Training Center – Room 4 (Gateway Business and Technology Training Center) 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 (410-313-6340). Driving directions are available at http://coned.howardcc.edu/business_and_workforce_development/meeting_facilities/gateway.html.
Those who plan to attend should register by e-mail with Mary O’Connor at moconnor@mhec.state.md.us by November 4, 2009.

Proposals are due on February 24, 2010, by 4 pm at the Maryland Higher Education Commission, 839 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. Questions regarding this RFA should be directed to Mary O’Connor at 410-260-4585 or moconnor@mhec.state.md.us.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as an advocate for more than 337,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.



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