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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

84.016:  Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Programs

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Objectives:  The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program issues awards to institutions of higher education and public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations. The purpose of the awards is to: (1) Assist institutions of higher education to plan, develop, and carry out a program to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages; and (2) assist associations and organizations to develop projects that will make an especially significant contribution to strengthening and improving undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages.

PROGRAM AND AWARD FINANCIAL AND INFORMATION CONTACTS
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS INFORMATION CONTACTS
RELATED PROGRAMS ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS


84.016 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  Accredited colleges and universities, and public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  Not applicable.

Credentials/Documentation:  This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

84.016 APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Preapplication Coordination:  This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102.

Application Procedure:  When funds are available for the support of new programs, announcements are issued in the Federal Register. Application forms and guidelines for submission of proposals are available from the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedure:  Final recommendations are made to the Secretary of Education following advice from a panel of consultants in accordance with the published criteria.

Deadlines:  A closing date generally appears in Federal Register in August. Contact the program office for more information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  About 150 days.

Appeals:  Not applicable.

Renewals:  Institutions of higher education and associations and organizations currently receiving funds for two or three year phased program support must submit performance reports for continuation funding according to instructions established by the Department. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  In addition to evaluation on the basis of criteria found in the Education Division General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, and 78 the Secretary will further evaluate applications for Federal support for international studies programs in accordance with the criteria published in 34 CFR 655, 658, and 45 CFR 86872.

Examples of Funded Projects:  The Consortium for Inter-Institutional Collaboration in African and Latin-American Studies, situated at Michigan State University, is characterized by a series of on-campus and in-country intensive language and area studies institutes, organized through cooperation with 20 or more Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), 12 liberal arts colleges in the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), and several institutions in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). Wayne State University will develop an interdisciplinary program in Eastern Europe, representing a collaborative effort between the School of Business, the Department of German and Slavic Studies and Wayne State University.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  In 1999, the average new award was $73,000; the average continuation award was $66,000.

84.016 RELATED PROGRAMS:

  • 84.015 National Resource Centers and Fellowships Program for Language and Area or Language and International Studies;
  • 84.018 International: Overseas Seminars Abroad: Bilateral Projects;
  • 84.019 International: Overseas: Faculty Research Abroad;
  • 84.021 International: Overseas: Group Projects Abroad;
  • 84.022 International: Overseas: Doctoral Dissertation;
  • 84.229 Language Resource Centers.

84.016 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In 1999, grants were made for 59 undergraduate programs.

84.016 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

Federal Agency:  ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Type of Assistance:  Project Grants.

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $4,113,000; FY 00 est $4,350,000; and FY 01 est $4,350,000.

Budget Account Number:  91-0201-0-1-502.

Authorization:  Higher Education Act of 1965, Title VI, Section 604, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1124.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  34 CFR 655 and 658.

84.016 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  Not applicable.

Headquarters Office:  International Studies Branch, International Education and Graduate Programs Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20202-5332. Contact: Christine Corey. Phone: (202) 401-9783. Email Christine_corey@ed.gov.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

84.016 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:  The Federal share for each fiscal year shall not exceed 50 percent of the cost of each project. The Secretary may waive or reduce the matching requirement for institutions that are eligible to receive assistance under part A or B of Title III or under Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:  Grants are awarded for 12 month periods, subject to renewals of one or two years. Payments are made as stipulated in the grant. Renewals are subjects to the availability of funds.

Uses and Use Restrictions:  Funds may be used for curriculum development activities; faculty development activities; administration, lectures and conferences; library enhancement; and for staff travel.

84.016 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  All programs must provide final reports upon completion of the program.

Audits:  All fiscal records will be subject to audit any time within three years after expiration of the grant.

Records:  All records supporting claims under a grant or relating to the accountability for awarded funds must be available upon request: (1) For three years after close of the fiscal year in which contract was liquidated; or (2) until the grantee is notified of completion of Federal financial audit, whichever is later.

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