CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - October 16, 2007) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) ( Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant Program announces a deadline of Jan. 2, 2008, for application submissions for its second funding cycle. The Center awarded grants totaling almost $2.4 million to eight U.S. organizations and one international organization in 2007.

The Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant Program funds innovative projects that can have measurable impact on nursing regulation and can create meaningful change. These include, but are not limited to, projects such as: policy analysis, outcomes research/identification of best practices, program evaluations and surveys. The Center's research priorities include: continuing competence, patient safety, licensure, discipline, regulation of nursing education, integration of the internationally educated nurse into the U.S. workforce and nursing regulation issues outside the U.S. NCSBN believes that the knowledge gained from these evidence-based research studies will aid boards of nursing in setting regulatory standards that will continue to safeguard the public welfare in the 21st century.

To be eligible for funding grants, applicants must be either a member board of NCSBN, or a professional organization, state agency or individual interested in the advancement of nursing regulation that applies in partnership with a state board of nursing in the U.S., District of Columbia, or U.S. territory that is a member of NCSBN. Grant awards have a $300,000 per project limit.

For more information on the Center or the application process, visit the NCSBN Web site at or contact Maryann Alexander, PhD, RN, NCSBN chief officer, nursing regulation, at +1.312.525.3695 or

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose membership comprises the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.

Mission: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), composed of Member Boards, provides leadership to advance regulatory excellence for public protection.

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