Nursing Scholarship Program 2012 Application Cycle Opens Today

Thank you for signing up to be notified when the 2012 application cycle for the Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP) opened. The 2012 NSP application cycle opens today and will remain open until May 8, 2012.

The NSP provides scholarships to nursing students in exchange for a minimum 2-year full-time service commitment (or part-time equivalent) at an eligible health care facility located in a primary care or mental health Health Professional Shortage Area also known as a Critical Shortage Facility. While in school, NSP participants receive tuition and fees, an annual payment for other reasonable costs to cover expenses for books, clinical supplies, and instruments, and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.

For 2012, the program is adapting to the increasing demand for nurse practitioners by reserving up to half of the award funds for students pursuing a master’s level nurse practitioner degree.

As in previous years, the NSP is expected to be highly competitive. If there are more qualified applicants than available funding, the NSP will prioritize applications based upon the level of financial need of the applicant.

The deadline to apply to the NSP is May 8, 2012, at 5:00 pm ET. To learn more about NSP eligibility and requirements, visit:

We look forward to receiving your application. Thank you.

Saving Lives at Birth

Saving Lives at Birth: Round II Request for Applications
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Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development

Round II Request for Applications

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Grand Challenges Canada invite global problem solvers to answer their second call for innovative solutions to dramatically reduce maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths. Additionally, the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partnership announces a new partner, the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), in its search for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of childbirth.

Specifically, the Challenge seeks to identify and develop transformative approaches that integrate new technologies, better service delivery models, and improved “demand side” innovations that empower pregnant women and their families to practice healthy behaviors and be aware of and access health care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postnatal period, especially the first two days after birth.

The partners anticipate awarding 25 seed grants and 5 transition-to-scale grants as a result of the Request for Applications (RFA). Actual number of awards in each category may vary.

Learn more and answer their call for innovative ideas:
* Download a copy of the RFA [PDF, 532KB].
* Submit your application no later than April 2, 2012, 2:00 p.m. EST.
* Send any questions on the RFA to: by March 7, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
* Visit the website to watch videos from the first call for solutions.
Please help us spread the word and share this notice with a broad range of experts in a variety of disciplines. Help us spark transformational change and accelerate substantial and sustainable progress against maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level. Together, we can transform insurmountable development challenges into solvable problems.

Grant Opportunities from the Gates Foundation and its partners

Dear Colleagues:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding partners in the Grand Challenges family of grant programs are inviting innovators to apply for three new grant opportunities:
Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.
Proposals are being accepted online until May 15, 2012 on the following topics:
New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-malarial Compounds – NEW
Aid is Working. Tell the World – NEW
Design New Approaches to Optimize Immunization Systems
Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses From Field to Market
Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at:
Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched its second call for innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the world. In this round, the Saving Lives at Birth partners will fund transformative approaches that cut across three main domains: (i) science & technology; (ii) service delivery; and (iii) demand-side innovation.
The deadline is April 2, 2012. Details on how to apply for a grant can be found at
Grand Challenges Canada is seeking proposals for Rising Stars in Global Health, a program looking for emerging innovators from developing countries with bold ideas with big impact to address real-world global health challenges.
The deadline is March 23, 2012. Details and application instructions are available at
We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.
Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.