[Federal Register: January 27, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 17)]
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Department of Education
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)--Special
Focus Competition: Higher Education Collaboration Between the United
States and the European Community; Notice
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
[CFDA No. 84.116J]
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)--
Special Focus Competition: Higher Education Collaboration Between the
United States and the European Community
Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY)
Purpose of Program: To provide grants or enter into cooperative
agreements to improve postsecondary education opportunities by focusing
on problem areas or improvement approaches in postsecondary education.
Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education, combinations
of institutions, and other public and private nonprofit educational
institutions and agencies.
Applications Available: January 27, 1999.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 11, 1999.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 10, 1999.
Available Funds: $1,600,000 over three years.
Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$175,000 per consortium for up
to three years. Awards for the first planning year will be $20,000
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $160,000 for up to three years.
Estimated Number of Awards: 10.
Project Period: Up to 36 months.
Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.
Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79,
80, 82, 85 and 86.
Supplemental Information: For FY 1999, the competition includes an
invitational priority to encourage proposals designed to support the
formation of educational consortia of institutions in the United States
and the European Union to encourage cooperation in the coordination of
curricula, the exchange of students, and the opening of educational
opportunities between the United States and the European Union. The
invitational priority is issued in cooperation with the European Union.
European institutions participating in any consortium proposal
responding to the invitational priority may apply to the European
Commission Directorate Generale for Education, Training, and Youth for
funding under a separate European competition.
The Secretary is particularly interested in applications that meet
the following invitational priority. However, an application that meets
this invitational priority does not receive competitive or absolute
preference over other applications (34 CFR 75.105(c)(1)).
Invitational Priority: Projects that support consortia of
institutions of higher education that promote institutional cooperation
and student mobility between the United States and the member states of
the European Union.
Methods for Applying Selection Criteria
The Secretary gives equal weight to the listed criteria. Within
each of the criteria, the Secretary gives equal weight to each of the
In evaluating applications for grants under this program
competition, the Secretary uses the following selection criteria chosen
from those listed in 34 CFR 75.210.
1. The quality of the design of the proposed project, as determined
a. The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be
achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable;
b. The extent to which the design of the proposed project is
appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target
population or other identified needs.
2. The significance of the proposed project, as determined by--
a. The extent to which the proposed project involves the
development or demonstration of promising new strategies that build on,
or are alternatives to, existing strategies;
b. The likely utility of the products (such as information,
materials, processes, or techniques) that will result from the proposed
project, including the potential for their being used in a variety of
other settings; and
c. The importance or magnitude of the results or outcomes likely to
be attained by the proposed project, especially improvements in
teaching and student achievement.
3. The adequacy of resources, as determined by--
a. The extent to which the costs are reasonable in relation to the
objectives, design, and potential significance of the proposed project;
b. The potential for continued support of the project after Federal
funding ends, including, as appropriate, the demonstrated commitment of
appropriate entities to such support; and
c. The relevance and demonstrated commitment of each partner in the
proposed project to the implementation and success of the project.
For Applications or Information Contact: Fund for the Improvement
of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education, 7th &
D Streets, S.W., Room 3100, ROB-3, Washington, D.C. 20202-5175. You may
also request application forms by calling 732-544-2872 (fax on demand),
or application guidelines by calling 202-358-3041 (voice mail) or
submitting the name of the competition and your name and postal address
to FIPSE@ED.GOV (e-mail). Applications are also listed on the FIPSE Web
Site <http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/FIPSE>. Individuals who use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday. For additional program
information call Beverly Baker at the FIPSE office (202-708-5750)
between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through
Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding
Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application
package in an alternate format, also, by contacting that person.
However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternate format
the standard forms included in the application package.
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Note: The official version of a document is the document published
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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1138-1138d.
Dated: January 22, 1999.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 99-1864 Filed 1-26-99; 8:45 am]
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