Request for Applications: Nurse Expansion

Request for Applications

Nurse Expansion Appropriation

Fiscal Year 2023 Application

Template and Guidance [PDF]  Template and Guidance [Word]

Pursuant to Laws 2022, Chapter 54 of the 55th Legislative Session, General Appropriations Act – HB2 Section 5, the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) is requesting applications for funding activities expanding enrollment in and graduation from nursing programs at public higher education institutions. 

Complete applications are due to the Department on or before June 15, 2022. Please note, applications for funding to support endowed faculty positions in nursing are to be submitted separately. Please refer to the “Endowed Positions in Educator Preparation, Social Work, and Nursing” request for applications.

The Department’s award process involves the review and ranking of proposals submitted by public higher education institutions in New Mexico. The NMHED Institutional Finance Division is tasked with ensuring all distributions are expended for allowable activities.

This cycle is for expenditures and activities in Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23). Any funding requests for FY24 should be submitted to NMHED by September 15, 2022, and incorporated into Research and Public Service Project (RPSP) submissions for nurse expansion funding.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2022
Please remit completed templates to NMHED via email to:

New Mexico Higher Education Department
C/O Dr. Harrison Rommel, Director of Academic Finance
2044 Galisteo Street, Suite 4
Santa Fe, NM 87505 

The total amount available for FY23 is $15 million. Institutional requests may not exceed $1.5 million per program, per campus. Consortium requests (e.g., multiple higher education institutions or branch campuses) may submit a single application with amounts not to exceed $1.5 million per participating higher education institution.

It is important to note that funding appropriated in FY23 is non-recurring. While projects should differentiate between recurring and non-recurring requests, there is no guarantee of support in future fiscal years. However, the Department is dedicated to working with higher education institutions to incorporate awarded recurring requests into the FY24 Department, Executive and Legislative budget requests.

Applications should describe how the activities supported by state funds will address one or more of the following:

  • Increase the number of nursing students admitted to the program for the academic year.
  • Enhance recruitment and/or retention of nursing faculty through competitive salaries, stipends, and other incentives. Note that the “Endowed Positions in Educator Preparation, Social Work, and Nursing” request for applications may be more appropriate for this activity.
  • Expand clinical sites beyond urban area hospitals to include nursing homes, clinics, rehabilitation centers, birthing centers, etc.
  • Utilize new or existing funds to assist faculty and students with transportation and lodging when partaking in clinical placements outside their home residence.
  • Develop appropriate tutoring, mentoring and other support programs to retain students and ensure successful graduation and passage of the National Council Licensure Examination, most commonly known as the NCLEX exam.
  • Recruit students with a focus on ethnic, gender and geographic diversity as well as expand opportunities for all qualified applicants.
  • Work in collaboration with local education agencies (LEAs) or high schools to recruit qualified applicants.
  • In border area schools, require at least some clinical rotations to occur in New Mexico facilities to increase the chances of students staying in their home areas upon graduation. 
  • Retain at-risk students with measurable impact on retention and graduation.
  • Expansion of infrastructure to support enrollment growth (e.g. additional staff, software/IT, and other support).

This list is not intended to be comprehensive or limiting in scope. Other activities that can demonstrably increase the number of nursing graduates from a public higher education institution will be considered. Applicants should clearly identify new versus expanded or continuing activities.

For questions, please contact:

Brittany Gutierrez, Data Analyst 
NMHED Institutional Finance Division
(505) 476-8439.