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Nurse Faculty Loan Program Guidance

IX. Tips for Writing a Strong Application

IInclude DUNS Number. You must include a DUNS Number to have your application reviewed. Applications will not be reviewed without a DUNS number. To obtain a DUNS number, visit the Dun and Bradstreet Web site Exit Disclaimer or call 1-866-705-5711. Please include the DUNS number in the appropriate space on the application face page.

Keep your audience in mind. Reviewers will use only the information contained in the application to assess the application. Be sure the application and responses to the program requirements and expectations are complete and clearly written. Do not assume that reviewers are familiar with the applicant organization. Keep the review criteria in mind when writing the application.

Start preparing the application early. Allow plenty of time to gather required information from various sources.

Follow the instructions in this guidance carefully. Place all information in the order requested in the guidance. If the information is not placed in the requested order, you may receive a lower score.

Be brief, concise, and clear. Make your points understandable. Provide accurate and honest information, including candid accounts of problems and realistic plans to address them. If any required information or data is omitted, explain why. Make sure the information provided in each table, chart, attachment, etc., is consistent with the proposal narrative and information in other tables.

Be organized and logical. Many applications fail to receive a high score because the reviewers cannot follow the thought process of the applicant or because parts of the application do not fit together.

Be careful in the use of attachments. Do not use the attachments for information that is required in the body of the application. Be sure to cross-reference all tables and attachments to the appropriate text in the application.

Carefully proofread the application. Misspellings and grammatical errors will impede reviewers in understanding the application. Be sure that page limits are followed. Limit the use of abbreviations and acronyms, and define each one at its first use and periodically throughout application. Make sure you submit your application in final form, without markups.

Print out and carefully review an electronic application to ensure accuracy and completion. When submitting electronically, print out the application before submitting it to ensure appropriate formatting and adherence to page limit requirements. Check to ensure that all attachments are included before sending the application forward.

Ensure that all information is submitted at the same time. We will not consider additional information and/or materials submitted after your initial submission, nor will we accept e-mailed applications or supplemental materials once your application has been received.

More Information for Applicants

Applications due May 13, 2008

Program guidance (PDF - 662KB)

Application form SF 424 R&R-NFLP (Fillable PDF - 203KB)

Exhibit Forms (Word - 398KB)

Program Specific Attachments (Word - 176KB)

Applications submitted on paper (no on-line submissions) to:

Division of Nursing (NFLP)
Bureau of Health Professions
Health Resources and Services Administration
Parklawn Building, Room 9-36
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville , MD 20857