October 2009 Press
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.