New Jersey Health Initiatives: New Paths to Professional Nursing

2014 Call for Proposals

  • Release Date: November 1, 2013


NJHI: New Paths to Professional Nursing will address the future nursing shortage by supporting development and implementation of programs preparing health care paraprofessionals from underrepresented communities to matriculate into baccalaureate nursing programs in the state of New Jersey by fall 2016. Funded programs will be designed to support aspiring professional nursing students who have at least two years of experience as health care paraprofessionals, are currently working as health care paraprofessionals, and are not currently enrolled in baccalaureate nursing programs. Programs funded through the NJHI: New Paths to Professional Nursing initiative will provide the financial, academic, and social supports that aspiring nursing students will need to complete the prerequisite natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities coursework required for admission to baccalaureate nursing programs by fall 2016.

Total Awards


  • Grants will range from $100,000 to $250,000 for 24 months.
  • Up to ten New Jersey projects will be funded.
  • Grants will begin on July 1, 2014 and conclude on June 30, 2016.


Key Dates

November 19, 2013 and December 5, and 11, 2013
Optional applicant web conference calls. Registration is required. Please visit for complete details and to register.

January 17, 2014 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

February 2014
Applicants notified if they will receive a site visit.

March and April 2014
Site visits to selected applicants.

June 2014
Notification of awards.

July 1, 2014
Start of grants.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The goal of this project is to encourage the development, adoption, and implementation of higher education/health care system team models that support aspiring nursing students who are currently employed as and have at least two years of experience as health care paraprofessionals in successfully completing the prerequisite coursework needed for admission to a baccalaureate nursing program. The program addresses three areas of concern: a future nursing shortage, the need for a more culturally diverse nursing workforce, and the need for more nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level.

Applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation to verify eligibility.

Applicant organizations must be based in New Jersey. We invite proposals from health care organizations (e.g., hospitals and health care systems) and not-for-profit higher education institutions (universities, colleges, community colleges), and these organizations must work together and submit joint proposals. All applicants must submit signed letters of commitment from the highest-ranking official of the institution of higher education as well as the health care system partner.

Projects that involve research, without the development and implementation of models to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses from groups underrepresented in the nursing profession, are not eligible for funding through NJHI.

Applicant organizations may not submit more than one proposal for this program.

January 17, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET



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