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By 2024, the Reimagining Nursing Initiative will prove that practice ready graduates, technology-enabled nursing practice, and direct reimbursement care models create the knowledge, tools, environments, and systems where the nurse of the future can thrive.

Nurses are central to creating a health care system that provides high-quality, accessible, and equitable care to all Americans. However, our current system under-develops, under-utilizes, and under-appreciates nurses. The RN Initiative will fund pilots in three priority areas to catalyze transformative change in the nursing field. The three priority areas are:

Practice-Ready Nurse Graduates

Technology-Enabled Nursing Practice

Direct-Reimbursement Nursing Models

For more information on the RN Initiative, these priority areas, and how to apply for a grant, please download the Request for Proposals.


August 17, 2021 Request for Proposals Opens
October 25, 2021 Proposals due (11:59pm ET). Due to our aggressive review schedule, we cannot accept late applications.
December 15, 2021 Finalists selected. Applicants not selected as finalists also notified.
December 16, 2021–January 10, 2022 Meetings with finalists.
January 31, 2022 Pilot sites selected from among the finalists.
February 1, 2022 Selected pilots begin work on or after this date.
January 31, 2025 Selected pilots report results to the Foundation.
May 31, 2025 Pilot and Initiative results shared with the field

Request for Proposals

The Foundation seeks proposals from nurses, academicians, informaticists, computer scientists, developers, and organizations working to transform nursing education, technology and direct reimbursement care models. We are seeking bold, innovative, and risky (but not reckless) ideas that will ensure that nurses have access to the knowledge and tools to deliver exemplary care, and the environments in which they can do that important work.

The Foundation will grant up to $15 million to as many as 11 innovative pilot programs that equip and enable nurses with leading-edge knowledge, tools, environments, and systems to deliver exemplary care. Each pilot may request a total of $500,000–$1,500,000 over three years. Download the RFP.

Apply Online

Applications are due by 11:59pm ET on October 25, 2021 through the RN Initiative Application Portal. You may save and return to your application multiple times until you are ready to submit. Apply now.

Info Sessions

We encourage applicants to attend an informational webinar to hear more about how the RN Initiative hopes to transform nursing and ask any questions about the application process and requirements. Webinars will be held on:

August 23, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST View recording
August 31, 2021 @ 4:00pm EST View recording
September 16, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST View recording
September 29, 2021 @ 4:00pm EST Sign-up


Please contact us at with any questions about the RN Initiative and application process. The Foundation will update the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) weekly with answers to any queries submitted that week, so current information is available to all applicants.

Download the Latest FAQs

For more information on the RN Initiative, these priority areas, and how to apply for a grant, please download the Request for Proposals.

Funder Acknowledgments

The Reimagining Nursing Initiative is made possible through the generous support of our funders.

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