Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: East Timor and South Pacific Scholarship Programs, 9420-9425 [05-3698]

Download as PDF 9420 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 37 / Friday, February 25, 2005 / Notices Act 7 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.8 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–PCX–2005–18 on the subject line. submissions should refer to File Number SR–PCX–2005–18 and should be submitted on or before March 18, 2005. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Margaret H. McFarland, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–777 Filed 2–24–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 8 17 19:31 Feb 24, 2005 [Public Notice 5004] Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: ´ ‘‘Pioneering Modern Painting: Cezanne and Pissarro 1865–1885’’ 9 17 Jkt 205001 DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: East Timor and South Pacific Scholarship Programs DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). VerDate jul<14>2003 BILLING CODE 4710–08–P [Public Notice 5002] SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March Paper Comments 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and • Send paper comments in triplicate Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et Securities and Exchange Commission, seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC October 1, 1999, and Delegation of 20549–0609. All submissions should Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, refer to File Number SR–PCX–2005–18. as amended, and Delegation of This file number should be included on Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 the subject line if e-mail is used. 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I also determine that the with respect to the proposed rule exhibition or display of the exhibit change that are filed with the objects at The Museum of Modern Art, Commission, and all written New York, NY from on or about June 24, communications relating to the 2005 to on or about September 12, 2005, proposed rule change between the Los Angeles County Museum from on or Commission and any person, other than about October 20, 2005 to on or about those that may be withheld from the January 16, 2006, and at possible public in accordance with the additional venues yet to be determined, provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be is in the national interest. Public Notice available for inspection and copying in of these determinations is ordered to be the Commission’s Public Reference published in the Federal Register. Room. Copies of such filing also will be FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For available for inspection and copying at further information, including a list of the principal office of the PCX. All the exhibit objects, contact Carol B. comments received will be posted Epstein, Attorney-Adviser, Office of the without change; the Commission does Legal Adviser, Department of State, not edit personal identifying (telephone: (202) 453–8048). The information from submissions. You address is Department of State, SA–44, should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 301 4th Street, SW., Room 700, Washington, DC 20547–0001. 7 15 Dated: February 17, 2005. C. Miller Crouch, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 05–3700 Filed 2–24–05; 8:45 am] PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00154 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Announcement Type: New Cooperative Agreement. Funding Opportunity Number: ECA/ A/E/EAP–05–01. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 00.000. Application Deadline: April 14, 2005. Executive Summary: The Office of Academic Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition to administer the United States-East Timor (USET) Scholarship Program and the United States-South Pacific (USSP) Scholarship Program. Eligible applicants may submit a proposal to administer one or both of the scholarship programs. Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to organize and carry out academic exchange program activities for students from East Timor and the sovereign island nations of the South Pacific (eligible nations are listed below in the Overview section). The grantee(s) will be responsible for all aspects of the programs, including publicity and recruitment of applicants; merit-based competitive selection; placement of students at an accredited U.S. academic institution; student travel to the U.S.; orientation; up to four years of U.S. degree study at the bachelor’s or master’s level; enrichment programming; advising, monitoring and support; pre-return activities; evaluation; and follow-up with program alumni. The duration of the grant(s) will be up to five years, beginning in Summer 2005. The Conference Report accompanying the FY–2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 108–447) earmarks $500,000 to support the U.S.-East Timor Scholarship Program and $500,000 to support the U.S.-South Pacific Scholarship Program. E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 37 / Friday, February 25, 2005 / Notices I. Funding Opportunity Description Authority: Overall grant making authority for this program is contained in the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, Public Law 87– 256, as amended, also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act. The purpose of the Act is ‘‘to enable the Government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries; to strengthen the ties which unite us with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United States and other nations * * * and thus to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and the other countries of the world.’’ The funding authority for the program above is provided through legislation. Purpose: In response to Public Law 103–236, which directed the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to provide scholarships to students from East Timor and from the sovereign island nations of the South Pacific region, ECA created the USET Scholarship Program and the USSP Scholarship Program for academic study at accredited colleges and universities in the United States. United States—East Timor Scholarship Program Overview: The goal of the USET Scholarship Program is to identify and support undergraduate level study at accredited higher education institutions in the United States for a select cadre of academically talented East Timorese who are expected to assume future leadership roles in East Timor’s development. As East Timor makes the transition to independence and democratic government, it is essential to develop the human resource capacity of the East Timorese people, especially in fields such as agricultural science, business, communications, economics, education, environmental science, international relations, political science, and psychology. The eligible academic fields of study were selected to emphasize the areas of critical development need in East Timor. USET scholarships are typically offered for four years total including up to one year of English language and preacademic training followed by up to three years for the completion of the undergraduate degree in designated fields. In almost all cases, USET students will have undergraduate credits for transfer from their home institutions. VerDate jul<14>2003 19:31 Feb 24, 2005 Jkt 205001 United States—South Pacific Scholarship Program Overview: The USSP Scholarship Program was established by the United States Congress to provide opportunities for U.S. study to students from South Pacific nations in fields important for the region’s future development. Public Law 103–236 authorized academic scholarships to qualified students from the sovereign island nations of the South Pacific region to pursue undergraduate and graduate study at institutions of higher education in the United States. This program supports increased mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and those of the South Pacific Islands. Students from the following nations are eligible to apply for these scholarships: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Fields of study under the program are based on recommendations from Department of State regional bureau representatives and Public Affairs Sections (PAS) at U.S. embassies abroad and have included public administration, journalism, education, environmental studies, agriculture, political science, business and other fields. The grantee organization should arrange for the students’ enrollment at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education where a full liberal arts curriculum (including social sciences, humanities and sciences) is available. Students selected for these scholarships enroll in four-year undergraduate degree programs, or in master’s degree programs. The latter have generally involved one year of preparatory U.S. study followed by up to two years of formal master’s degree study. The requirements for administration of this program are outlined in further detail in this document and in the Program Objectives, Goals and Implementation (POGI) document. The proposal should respond to each item in the POGI. In a cooperative agreement, the Bureau is substantially involved in program activities above and beyond routine grant monitoring. Bureau activities and responsibilities for this program include: (1) Participation in the design and direction of program activities; (2) Approval of key personnel; (3) Approval and input on program timelines and agendas; (4) Guidance in execution of all program components; (5) Review and approval of all program publicity and recruitment materials; PO 00000 Frm 00155 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9421 (6) Participation in student interview and selection panels; (7) Review of selection decisions prior to offer of award; (8) Consultation on and approval of academic placement assignments; (9) Approval of changes to students’ proposed academic field or institution; (10) Approval of decisions related to special circumstances or problems throughout duration of program; (11) Assistance with SEVIS-related issues; (12) Assistance with participant emergencies; (13) Liaison with relevant U.S. Embassies and country desk officers at the State Department. II. Award Information Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement. The Bureau’s level of involvement in this program is listed under number I above. Fiscal Year Funds: 2005. Approximate Total Funding: $1 million. Approximate Number of Awards: 1–2. Anticipated Project Start Date: June 2005, pending availability of funds. Anticipated Project Completion Date: June 2010. Additional Information: Pending successful implementation of this program and the availability of funds in subsequent fiscal years, it is the Bureau’s intent to renew the grant(s) for two additional fiscal years, before openly competing it again. III. Eligibility Information III.1 Eligible Applicants Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3). III.2 Cost Sharing or Matching Funds There is no minimum or maximum percentage required for this competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs. When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal and later included in an approved grant agreement. Cost sharing may be in the form of allowable direct or indirect costs. For accountability, the grantee must maintain written records to support all costs which are claimed as your contribution, as well as costs to be paid by the Federal government. Such E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 9422 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 37 / Friday, February 25, 2005 / Notices records are subject to audit. The basis for determining the value of cash and in-kind contributions must be in accordance with OMB Circular A–110, (Revised), Subpart C.23—Cost Sharing and Matching. In the event you do not provide the minimum amount of cost sharing as stipulated in the approved budget, ECA’s contribution will be reduced in like proportion. III.3 Other Eligibility Requirements Bureau grant guidelines require that organizations with less than four years experience in conducting international exchanges be limited to $60,000 in Bureau funding. The Bureau anticipates awarding one grant in an amount up to $1 million, or two grants of up to $500,000 each, to support program and administrative costs required to implement the exchange program(s). Therefore, organizations with less than four years experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition. The Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs. IV. Application and Submission Information Note: Please read the complete Federal Register announcement before sending inquiries or submitting proposals. Once the RFGP deadline has passed, Bureau staff may not discuss this competition with applicants until the proposal review process has been completed. IV.1 Contact Information To Request an Application Package Please contact the East Asia and Pacific Programs Branch, ECA/A/E/EAP, Room 208, U.S. Department of State, SA–44, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547, phone: (202) 453–8102, fax: (202) 453–8107, e-mail: mcmahonmp@state.gov to request a Solicitation Package. Please refer to the Funding Opportunity Number ECA/A/ E/EAP–05–01 located at the top of this announcement when making your request. The Solicitation Package contains the Proposal Submission Instruction (PSI) document, which consists of required application forms, and standard guidelines for proposal preparation. It also contains the Project Objectives, Goals and Implementation (POGI) document, which provides specific information, award criteria and budget instructions tailored to this competition. Please specify Matthew McMahon and refer to the Funding Opportunity Number ECA/A/E/EAP–05–01 located at the top of this announcement on all other inquiries and correspondence. VerDate jul<14>2003 19:31 Feb 24, 2005 Jkt 205001 IV.2 To Download a Solicitation Package Via Internet The entire Solicitation Package may be downloaded from the Bureau’s Web site at http://exchanges.state.gov/ education/rfgps/menu.htm. Please read all information before downloading. IV.3 Content and Form of Submission Applicants must follow all instructions in the Solicitation Package. The original and 10 copies of the application should be sent per the instructions under IV.3e. ‘‘Submission Dates and Times section’’ below. IV.3a You are required to have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to apply for a grant or cooperative agreement from the U.S. Government. This number is a nine-digit identification number, which uniquely identifies business entities. Obtaining a DUNS number is easy and there is no charge. To obtain a DUNS number, access http:// www.dunandbradstreet.com or call 1– 866–705–5711. Please ensure that your DUNS number is included in the appropriate box of the SF–424 which is part of the formal application package. IV.3b All proposals must contain an executive summary, proposal narrative and budget. Please Refer to the Solicitation Package. It contains the mandatory Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) document and the Project Objectives, Goals and Implementation (POGI) document for additional formatting and technical requirements. IV.3c You must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application. If your organization is a private nonprofit which has not received a grant or cooperative agreement from ECA in the past three years, or if your organization received nonprofit status from the IRS within the past four years, you must submit the necessary documentation to verify nonprofit status as directed in the PSI document. Failure to do so will cause your proposal to be declared technically ineligible. IV.3d Please take into consideration the following information when preparing your proposal narrative: IV.3d.1 Adherence to all Regulations Governing the J Visa: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is placing renewed emphasis on the secure and proper administration of Exchange Visitor (J visa) Programs and adherence by grantees and sponsors to all regulations governing the J visa. Therefore, proposals should demonstrate the applicant’s capacity to PO 00000 Frm 00156 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 meet all requirements governing the administration of the Exchange Visitor Programs as set forth in 22 CFR part 62, including the oversight of Responsible Officers and Alternate Responsible Officers, screening and selection of program participants, provision of prearrival information and orientation to participants, monitoring of participants, proper maintenance and security of forms, recordkeeping, reporting and other requirements. The Grantee will be responsible for issuing DS–2019 forms to participants in this program. A copy of the complete regulations governing the administration of Exchange Visitor (J) programs is available at http://exchanges.state.gov or from: United States Department of State, Office of Exchange Coordination and Designation, ECA/EC/ECD—SA–44, Room 734, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547. Telephone: (202) 401–9810. Fax: (202) 401–9809. Please refer to Solicitation Package for further information. IV.3d.2 Diversity, Freedom and Democracy Guidelines: Pursuant to the Bureau’s authorizing legislation, programs must maintain a non-political character and should be balanced and representative of the diversity of American political, social, and cultural life. ‘‘Diversity’’ should be interpreted in the broadest sense and encompass differences including, but not limited to ethnicity, race, gender, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, and disabilities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to adhere to the advancement of this principle both in program administration and in program content. Please refer to the review criteria under the ‘Support for Diversity’ section for specific suggestions on incorporating diversity into your proposal. Public Law 104–319 provides that ‘‘in carrying out programs of educational and cultural exchange in countries whose people do not fully enjoy freedom and democracy,’’ the Bureau ‘‘shall take appropriate steps to provide opportunities for participation in such programs to human rights and democracy leaders of such countries.’’ Public Law 106–113 requires that the governments of the countries described above do not have inappropriate influence in the selection process. Proposals should reflect advancement of these goals in their program contents, to the full extent deemed feasible. IV.3d.3 Program Monitoring and Evaluation: Proposals must include a plan to monitor and evaluate the project’s success, both as the activities unfold and at the end of the program. The Bureau recommends that your proposal include a draft survey E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 37 / Friday, February 25, 2005 / Notices questionnaire or other technique plus a description of a methodology to use to link outcomes to original project objectives. The Bureau expects that the grantee will track participants or partners and be able to respond to key evaluation questions, including satisfaction with the program, learning as a result of the program, changes in behavior as a result of the program, and effects of the program on institutions (institutions in which participants work or partner institutions). The evaluation plan should include indicators that measure gains in mutual understanding as well as substantive knowledge. Successful monitoring and evaluation depend heavily on setting clear goals and outcomes at the outset of a program. Your evaluation plan should include a description of your project’s objectives, your anticipated project outcomes, and how and when you intend to measure these outcomes (performance indicators). The more that outcomes are ‘‘smart’’ (specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and placed in a reasonable time frame), the easier it will be to conduct the evaluation. You should also show how your project objectives link to the goals of the program described in this RFGP. Your monitoring and evaluation plan should clearly distinguish between program outputs and outcomes. Outputs are products and services delivered, often stated as an amount. Output information is important to show the scope or size of project activities, but it cannot substitute for information about progress towards outcomes or the results achieved. Examples of outputs include the number of people trained or the number of seminars conducted. Outcomes, in contrast, represent specific results a project is intended to achieve and is usually measured as an extent of change. Findings on outputs and outcomes should both be reported, but the focus should be on outcomes. We encourage you to assess the following four levels of outcomes, as they relate to the program goals set out in the RFGP (listed here in increasing order of importance): Participant satisfaction with the program and exchange experience. Participant learning, such as increased knowledge, aptitude, skills, and changed understanding and attitude. Learning includes both substantive (subject-specific) learning and mutual understanding. Participant behavior, concrete actions to apply knowledge in profession or home community; greater participation and responsibility in civic organizations; interpretation and explanation of experiences and new VerDate jul<14>2003 19:31 Feb 24, 2005 Jkt 205001 knowledge gained; continued contacts between participants, community members, and others. Institutional changes, such as increased collaboration and partnerships, policy reforms, new programming, and organizational improvements. Please note: Consideration should be given to the appropriate timing of data collection for each level of outcome. For example, satisfaction is usually captured as a shortterm outcome, whereas behavior and institutional changes are normally considered longer-term outcomes. Overall, the quality of your monitoring and evaluation plan will be judged on how well it: (1) Specifies intended outcomes; (2) gives clear descriptions of how each outcome will be measured; (3) identifies when particular outcomes will be measured; and (4) provides a clear description of the data collection strategies for each outcome (i.e., surveys, interviews, or focus groups). (Please note that evaluation plans that deal only with the first level of outcomes [satisfaction] will be deemed less competitive under the present evaluation criteria.) Grantees will be required to provide reports analyzing their evaluation findings to the Bureau in their regular program reports. All data collected, including survey responses and contact information, must be maintained for a minimum of three years and provided to the Bureau upon request. IV.3d.4. Describe your plans for: i.e. sustainability, overall program management, staffing, coordination with ECA and PAS or any other requirements etc. IV.3e Please take the following information into consideration when preparing your budget: IV.3e.1 Applicants must submit a comprehensive budget for the entire program. In addition, the proposal must include a comprehensive budget narrative demonstrating how costs were derived. The budget format should break out costs on a year-by-year basis. If applying to administer both the USET and USSP programs, the applicant’s budget proposal should include a budget summary page that breaks out program and administrative costs assigned to each program. The total amount of funding requested from ECA may not exceed $1 million, if applying to administer both the USET and USSP programs, or $500,000, if applying to administer one of the two programs. At this level of funding, applicants are encouraged to budget for at least ten (10) students for degree study, i.e., at least five (5) each under the USET and USSP PO 00000 Frm 00157 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9423 programs. The number of participants that the organization proposes to sponsor should be clearly stated. ECA reserves the right to reduce, revise or increase the proposed budget in accordance with funding availability and the needs of the program. There must be a summary budget as well as breakdowns reflecting both administrative and program budgets. IV.3e.2 Allowable costs for the program include the following: (1) Publicity, recruitment, selection, placement and communication with applicants and participants. (2) Travel for student participants between home and program location. (3) Tuition and fees, stipends for living costs, book allowances, and other necessary maintenance costs and expenses for the students. (4) Advising and monitoring of students. (5) Academic and cultural support and enrichment activities. (6) Pre-return activities and evaluation. (7) Staff and administrative expenses to carry out the program activities. Administrative and overhead costs should be as low as possible. Please refer to the Solicitation Package for complete budget guidelines and formatting instructions. IV.3f Submission Dates and Times: Application Deadline Date: April 14, 2005. Explanation of Deadlines: In light of recent events and heightened security measures, proposal submissions must be sent via a nationally recognized overnight delivery service (i.e., DHL, Federal Express, UPS, Airborne Express, or U.S. Postal Service Express Overnight Mail, etc.) and be shipped no later than the above deadline. The delivery services used by applicants must have in-place, centralized shipping identification and tracking systems that may be accessed via the Internet and delivery people who are identifiable by commonly recognized uniforms and delivery vehicles. Proposals shipped on or before the above deadline but received at ECA more than seven days after the deadline will be ineligible for further consideration under this competition. Proposals shipped after the established deadlines are ineligible for consideration under this competition. It is each applicant’s responsibility to ensure that each package is marked with a legible tracking number and to monitor/confirm delivery to ECA via the Internet. ECA will not notify you upon receipt of application. Delivery of proposal packages may not be made via local courier service or in person for this competition. Faxed documents will not E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 9424 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 37 / Friday, February 25, 2005 / Notices be accepted at any time. Only proposals submitted as stated above will be considered. Applications may not be submitted electronically at this time. Applicants must follow all instructions in the Solicitation Package. Important note: When preparing your submission please make sure to include one extra copy of the completed SF–424 form and place it in an envelope addressed to ‘‘ECA/ EX/PM.’’ The original and 10 copies of the application should be sent to: U.S. Department of State, SA–44, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Ref.: ECA/A/E/EAP–05–01, Program Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room 534, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547. Along with the Project Title, all applicants must enter the above Reference Number in Box 11 on the SF– 424 contained in the mandatory Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) of the solicitation document. IV.3g Intergovernmental Review of Applications: Executive Order 12372 does not apply to this program. V. Application Review Information V.1 Review Process The Bureau will review all proposals for technical eligibility. Proposals will be deemed ineligible if they do not fully adhere to the guidelines stated herein and in the Solicitation Package. All eligible proposals will be reviewed by the program office, as well as the Public Diplomacy section overseas, where appropriate. Eligible proposals will be subject to compliance with Federal and Bureau regulations and guidelines and forwarded to Bureau grant panels for advisory review. Proposals may also be reviewed by the Office of the Legal Adviser or by other Department elements. Final funding decisions are at the discretion of the Department of State’s Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs. Final technical authority for cooperative agreements resides with the Bureau’s Grants Officer. Review Criteria Technically eligible applications will be competitively reviewed according to the criteria stated below. These criteria are not rank ordered and all carry equal weight in the proposal evaluation: (1) Quality of the program idea: Proposals should exhibit originality, substance, precision, and relevance to the program goals and mission. Proposals should demonstrate understanding of the participating nations and of the needs of students VerDate jul<14>2003 19:31 Feb 24, 2005 Jkt 205001 from the region(s) as related to the program goals. (2) Program planning: Detailed agenda and relevant work plan should demonstrate substantive undertakings and logistical capacity. Agenda and plan should adhere to the program overview and guidelines described above. Each component of the program should be addressed. (3) Ability to achieve program objectives: Objectives should be reasonable, feasible, and flexible. Proposals should explain how objectives will be met through specific activities to be carried out in the U.S., and in East Timor and/or the South Pacific region. (4) Multiplier effect/impact: Programs should strengthen long-term mutual understanding, including maximum sharing of information and establishment of long-term institutional and individual linkages. Anticipated results of the program in East Timor and/or the South Pacific region as well as in the U.S. should be addressed. (5) Diversity: Proposals should demonstrate substantive support for the Bureau’s policy on diversity. To the full extent possible, scholarship recipients for this program should be representative of diversity in the following categories: country of origin/ residence within country(ies); gender; ethnic community of origin within country(ies), where relevant; urban and rural regions (with emphasis on outreach beyond capital cities); and proposed fields of study within the general parameters outlined in this solicitation. Proposals should explain what efforts will be undertaken to achieve these goals. The U.S. study and enrichment programs should also incorporate and demonstrate the diversity of the American people, regions and culture. (6) Institutional Capacity: Proposed personnel and institutional resources should be adequate and appropriate to achieve the program goals. Proposal should explain how the grantee organization will meet the requirements of students on this specific program. Proposals should describe the applicant’s knowledge of, or prior experience with, students from East Timor, and/or the South Pacific nations, and/or other developing countries. (7) Institution’s Record/Ability: Proposals should demonstrate an institutional record of successful exchange programs, including responsible fiscal management and full compliance with all reporting requirements for past Bureau grants as determined by Bureau Grant Staff. The Bureau will consider the past PO 00000 Frm 00158 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 performance of prior recipients and the demonstrated potential of new applicants. (8) Follow-on Activities: Proposals should provide a plan for continued follow-on activity (without Bureau support) ensuring that Bureausupported programs are not isolated events. (9) Project Evaluation: Proposals should include a plan to evaluate the program’s success, both as the activities unfold and at the end of the program. A draft survey questionnaire or other technique plus a description of a methodology that will link outcomes to original project objectives is recommended. The grantee will be expected to submit quarterly program reports. (10) Cost-effectiveness and Costsharing: The overhead and administrative components of the proposal, including salaries and honoraria, should be kept as low as possible. Proposals should maximize cost-sharing through other private sector support as well as institutional direct funding contributions. Budget estimates should be as accurate as possible over the full period of the grant. VI. Award Administration Information VI.1 Award Notices Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive an Assistance Award Document (AAD) from the Bureau’s Grants Office. The AAD and the original grant proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The AAD will be signed by an authorized Grants Officer, and mailed to the recipient’s responsible officer identified in the application. Unsuccessful applicants will receive notification of the results of the application review from the ECA program office coordinating this competition. VI.2 Administrative and National Policy Requirements Terms and Conditions for the Administration of ECA agreements include the following: Office of Management and Budget Circular A–122, ‘‘Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations.’’ Office of Management and Budget Circular A–21, ‘‘Cost Principles for Educational Institutions.’’ E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 37 / Friday, February 25, 2005 / Notices OMB Circular A–87, ‘‘Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Governments.’’ OMB Circular No. A–110 (Revised), Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Nonprofit Organizations. OMB Circular No. A–102, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants-in-Aid to State and Local Governments. OMB Circular No. A–133, Audits of States, Local Government, and Nonprofit Organizations. Please reference the following Web sites for additional information: http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants, and http://exchanges.state.gov/education/ grantsdiv/terms.htm#articleI. VI.3 Reporting Requirements You must provide ECA with a hard copy original plus two copies of the following reports: (1) A final program and financial report no more than 90 days after the expiration of the award; (2) Quarterly financial and program reports, the latter of which should include record and analysis of program activities from that period. Grantees will be required to provide reports analyzing their evaluation findings to the Bureau in their regular program reports. (Please refer to IV. Application and Submission Instructions (IV.3.d.3) above for Program Monitoring and Evaluation information.) All data collected, including survey responses and contact information, must be maintained for a minimum of three years and provided to the Bureau upon request. All reports must be sent to the ECA Grants Officer and ECA Program Officer listed in the final assistance award document. VI.4 Program Data Requirements Organizations awarded grants will be required to maintain specific data on program participants and activities in an electronically accessible database format that can be shared with the Bureau as required. As a minimum, the data must include the following: (1) Name, address, contact information and biographic sketch of all persons who travel internationally on funds provided by the grant or who benefit from the grant funding but do not travel. (2) Itineraries of international and domestic travel, providing dates of travel and cities in which any exchange experiences take place. Final schedules VerDate jul<14>2003 19:31 Feb 24, 2005 Jkt 205001 for in-country and U.S. activities must be received by the ECA Program Officer at least three work days prior to the official opening of the activity. VII. Agency Contacts For questions about this announcement, contact: Matthew McMahon, Program Officer, East Asia and Pacific Programs Branch (ECA/A/E/ EAP), Room 208, ECA/A/E/EAP–05–01, U.S. Department of State, SA–44, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547, phone: (202) 453–8102, fax: (202) 453– 8107, e-mail: mcmahonmp@state.gov. Individual students interested in applying for either the USET or USSP scholarship should not contact the Office of Academic Programs. Instead they should visit the following Web site for more information on the current programs: http:// www.eastwestcenter.org/edu-sp.asp. All correspondence with the Bureau concerning this RFGP should reference the above title and number ECA/A/E/ EAP–05–01. Please read the complete Federal Register announcement before sending inquiries or submitting proposals. Once the RFGP deadline has passed, Bureau staff may not discuss this competition with applicants until the proposal review process has been completed. VIII. Other Information Notice: The terms and conditions published in this RFGP are binding and may not be modified by any Bureau representative. Explanatory information provided by the Bureau that contradicts published language will not be binding. Issuance of the RFGP does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the Government. The Bureau reserves the right to reduce, revise, or increase proposal budgets in accordance with the needs of the program and the availability of funds. Awards made will be subject to periodic reporting and evaluation requirements per section VI.3 above. Dated: February 15, 2005. C. Miller Crouch, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 05–3698 Filed 2–24–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P PO 00000 Frm 00159 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9425 DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 5003] Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) U.S. Business Internship Program for Young Middle Eastern Women Announcement Type: New Cooperative Agreement. Funding Opportunity Number: ECA/ A/E 05–01-MEPI. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 00.000. Key Dates: Application Deadline: April 1, 2005. Executive Summary: The Office of Academic Exchange Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) U.S. Business Internship Program for Young Middle Eastern Women. Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to administer the participant recruitment, selection, pre-program preparation and alumnae components of the MEPI U.S. Business Internship Program for Young Middle Eastern Women. Eligible countries/locales are listed under the heading Funding Opportunity Description in this RFGP. I. Funding Opportunity Description Authority: Overall grant making authority for this program is contained in the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, Public Law 87– 256, as amended, also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act. The purpose of the Act is ‘‘to enable the Government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries * * *; to strengthen the ties which unite us with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United States and other nations * * * and thus to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and the other countries of the world.’’ The funding authority for the program above is provided through legislation. The funding for this program is provided through a transfer to the Bureau from the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Purpose: Subject to the availability of funds, the Bureau invites proposals from public and private non-profit E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 5002]


Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for 
Grant Proposals: East Timor and South Pacific Scholarship Programs

    Announcement Type: New Cooperative Agreement.
    Funding Opportunity Number: ECA/A/E/EAP-05-01.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 00.000.
    Application Deadline: April 14, 2005.
    Executive Summary: The Office of Academic Programs of the Bureau of 
Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition to 
administer the United States-East Timor (USET) Scholarship Program and 
the United States-South Pacific (USSP) Scholarship Program. Eligible 
applicants may submit a proposal to administer one or both of the 
scholarship programs. Public and private non-profit organizations 
meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 
U.S.C. 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to organize and carry out 
academic exchange program activities for students from East Timor and 
the sovereign island nations of the South Pacific (eligible nations are 
listed below in the Overview section). The grantee(s) will be 
responsible for all aspects of the programs, including publicity and 
recruitment of applicants; merit-based competitive selection; placement 
of students at an accredited U.S. academic institution; student travel 
to the U.S.; orientation; up to four years of U.S. degree study at the 
bachelor's or master's level; enrichment programming; advising, 
monitoring and support; pre-return activities; evaluation; and follow-
up with program alumni. The duration of the grant(s) will be up to five 
years, beginning in Summer 2005. The Conference Report accompanying the 
FY-2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 108-447) earmarks 
$500,000 to support the U.S.-East Timor Scholarship Program and 
$500,000 to support the U.S.-South Pacific Scholarship Program.

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I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Authority: Overall grant making authority for this program is 
contained in the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, 
Public Law 87-256, as amended, also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act. 
The purpose of the Act is ``to enable the Government of the United 
States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the 
United States and the people of other countries; to strengthen the ties 
which unite us with other nations by demonstrating the educational and 
cultural interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the 
United States and other nations * * * and thus to assist in the 
development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the 
United States and the other countries of the world.'' The funding 
authority for the program above is provided through legislation.
    Purpose: In response to Public Law 103-236, which directed the 
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to provide 
scholarships to students from East Timor and from the sovereign island 
nations of the South Pacific region, ECA created the USET Scholarship 
Program and the USSP Scholarship Program for academic study at 
accredited colleges and universities in the United States.
    United States--East Timor Scholarship Program Overview: The goal of 
the USET Scholarship Program is to identify and support undergraduate 
level study at accredited higher education institutions in the United 
States for a select cadre of academically talented East Timorese who 
are expected to assume future leadership roles in East Timor's 
development. As East Timor makes the transition to independence and 
democratic government, it is essential to develop the human resource 
capacity of the East Timorese people, especially in fields such as 
agricultural science, business, communications, economics, education, 
environmental science, international relations, political science, and 
psychology. The eligible academic fields of study were selected to 
emphasize the areas of critical development need in East Timor.
    USET scholarships are typically offered for four years total 
including up to one year of English language and pre-academic training 
followed by up to three years for the completion of the undergraduate 
degree in designated fields. In almost all cases, USET students will 
have undergraduate credits for transfer from their home institutions.
    United States--South Pacific Scholarship Program Overview: The USSP 
Scholarship Program was established by the United States Congress to 
provide opportunities for U.S. study to students from South Pacific 
nations in fields important for the region's future development. Public 
Law 103-236 authorized academic scholarships to qualified students from 
the sovereign island nations of the South Pacific region to pursue 
undergraduate and graduate study at institutions of higher education in 
the United States.
    This program supports increased mutual understanding between the 
people of the U.S. and those of the South Pacific Islands. Students 
from the following nations are eligible to apply for these 
scholarships: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Papua New Guinea, 
Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
    Fields of study under the program are based on recommendations from 
Department of State regional bureau representatives and Public Affairs 
Sections (PAS) at U.S. embassies abroad and have included public 
administration, journalism, education, environmental studies, 
agriculture, political science, business and other fields. The grantee 
organization should arrange for the students' enrollment at accredited 
U.S. institutions of higher education where a full liberal arts 
curriculum (including social sciences, humanities and sciences) is 
available. Students selected for these scholarships enroll in four-year 
undergraduate degree programs, or in master's degree programs. The 
latter have generally involved one year of preparatory U.S. study 
followed by up to two years of formal master's degree study.
    The requirements for administration of this program are outlined in 
further detail in this document and in the Program Objectives, Goals 
and Implementation (POGI) document. The proposal should respond to each 
item in the POGI.
    In a cooperative agreement, the Bureau is substantially involved in 
program activities above and beyond routine grant monitoring. Bureau 
activities and responsibilities for this program include:
    (1) Participation in the design and direction of program 
activities;
    (2) Approval of key personnel;
    (3) Approval and input on program timelines and agendas;
    (4) Guidance in execution of all program components;
    (5) Review and approval of all program publicity and recruitment 
materials;
    (6) Participation in student interview and selection panels;
    (7) Review of selection decisions prior to offer of award;
    (8) Consultation on and approval of academic placement assignments;
    (9) Approval of changes to students' proposed academic field or 
institution;
    (10) Approval of decisions related to special circumstances or 
problems throughout duration of program;
    (11) Assistance with SEVIS-related issues;
    (12) Assistance with participant emergencies;
    (13) Liaison with relevant U.S. Embassies and country desk officers 
at the State Department.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement.
    The Bureau's level of involvement in this program is listed under 
number I above.
    Fiscal Year Funds: 2005.
    Approximate Total Funding: $1 million.
    Approximate Number of Awards: 1-2.
    Anticipated Project Start Date: June 2005, pending availability of 
funds.
    Anticipated Project Completion Date: June 2010.
    Additional Information: Pending successful implementation of this 
program and the availability of funds in subsequent fiscal years, it is 
the Bureau's intent to renew the grant(s) for two additional fiscal 
years, before openly competing it again.

III. Eligibility Information

III.1 Eligible Applicants

    Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit 
organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code 
section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3).

III.2 Cost Sharing or Matching Funds

    There is no minimum or maximum percentage required for this 
competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide 
maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.
    When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the 
applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its 
proposal and later included in an approved grant agreement. Cost 
sharing may be in the form of allowable direct or indirect costs. For 
accountability, the grantee must maintain written records to support 
all costs which are claimed as your contribution, as well as costs to 
be paid by the Federal government. Such

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records are subject to audit. The basis for determining the value of 
cash and in-kind contributions must be in accordance with OMB Circular 
A-110, (Revised), Subpart C.23--Cost Sharing and Matching. In the event 
you do not provide the minimum amount of cost sharing as stipulated in 
the approved budget, ECA's contribution will be reduced in like 
proportion.

III.3 Other Eligibility Requirements

    Bureau grant guidelines require that organizations with less than 
four years experience in conducting international exchanges be limited 
to $60,000 in Bureau funding. The Bureau anticipates awarding one grant 
in an amount up to $1 million, or two grants of up to $500,000 each, to 
support program and administrative costs required to implement the 
exchange program(s). Therefore, organizations with less than four years 
experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to 
apply under this competition. The Bureau encourages applicants to 
provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its 
programs.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    Note: Please read the complete Federal Register announcement 
before sending inquiries or submitting proposals. Once the RFGP 
deadline has passed, Bureau staff may not discuss this competition 
with applicants until the proposal review process has been 
completed.

IV.1 Contact Information To Request an Application Package

    Please contact the East Asia and Pacific Programs Branch, ECA/A/E/
EAP, Room 208, U.S. Department of State, SA-44, 301 4th Street, SW., 
Washington, DC 20547, phone: (202) 453-8102, fax: (202) 453-8107, e-
mail: mcmahonmp@state.gov to request a Solicitation Package. Please 
refer to the Funding Opportunity Number ECA/A/E/EAP-05-01 located at 
the top of this announcement when making your request.
    The Solicitation Package contains the Proposal Submission 
Instruction (PSI) document, which consists of required application 
forms, and standard guidelines for proposal preparation.
    It also contains the Project Objectives, Goals and Implementation 
(POGI) document, which provides specific information, award criteria 
and budget instructions tailored to this competition.
    Please specify Matthew McMahon and refer to the Funding Opportunity 
Number ECA/A/E/EAP-05-01 located at the top of this announcement on all 
other inquiries and correspondence.

IV.2 To Download a Solicitation Package Via Internet

    The entire Solicitation Package may be downloaded from the Bureau's 
Web site at http://exchanges.state.gov/education/rfgps/menu.htm. Please 
read all information before downloading.

IV.3 Content and Form of Submission

    Applicants must follow all instructions in the Solicitation 
Package. The original and 10 copies of the application should be sent 
per the instructions under IV.3e. ``Submission Dates and Times 
section'' below.
    IV.3a You are required to have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal 
Numbering System (DUNS) number to apply for a grant or cooperative 
agreement from the U.S. Government. This number is a nine-digit 
identification number, which uniquely identifies business entities. 
Obtaining a DUNS number is easy and there is no charge. To obtain a 
DUNS number, access http://www.dunandbradstreet.com or call 1-866-705-
5711. Please ensure that your DUNS number is included in the 
appropriate box of the SF-424 which is part of the formal application 
package.
    IV.3b All proposals must contain an executive summary, proposal 
narrative and budget.
    Please Refer to the Solicitation Package. It contains the mandatory 
Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) document and the Project 
Objectives, Goals and Implementation (POGI) document for additional 
formatting and technical requirements.
    IV.3c You must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of 
application. If your organization is a private nonprofit which has not 
received a grant or cooperative agreement from ECA in the past three 
years, or if your organization received nonprofit status from the IRS 
within the past four years, you must submit the necessary documentation 
to verify nonprofit status as directed in the PSI document. Failure to 
do so will cause your proposal to be declared technically ineligible.
    IV.3d Please take into consideration the following information when 
preparing your proposal narrative:
    IV.3d.1 Adherence to all Regulations Governing the J Visa: The 
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is placing renewed emphasis 
on the secure and proper administration of Exchange Visitor (J visa) 
Programs and adherence by grantees and sponsors to all regulations 
governing the J visa. Therefore, proposals should demonstrate the 
applicant's capacity to meet all requirements governing the 
administration of the Exchange Visitor Programs as set forth in 22 CFR 
part 62, including the oversight of Responsible Officers and Alternate 
Responsible Officers, screening and selection of program participants, 
provision of pre-arrival information and orientation to participants, 
monitoring of participants, proper maintenance and security of forms, 
recordkeeping, reporting and other requirements. The Grantee will be 
responsible for issuing DS-2019 forms to participants in this program.
    A copy of the complete regulations governing the administration of 
Exchange Visitor (J) programs is available at http://
exchanges.state.gov or from: United States Department of State, Office 
of Exchange Coordination and Designation, ECA/EC/ECD--SA-44, Room 734, 
301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547. Telephone: (202) 401-9810. 
Fax: (202) 401-9809. Please refer to Solicitation Package for further 
information.
    IV.3d.2 Diversity, Freedom and Democracy Guidelines: Pursuant to 
the Bureau's authorizing legislation, programs must maintain a non-
political character and should be balanced and representative of the 
diversity of American political, social, and cultural life. 
``Diversity'' should be interpreted in the broadest sense and encompass 
differences including, but not limited to ethnicity, race, gender, 
religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, and disabilities. 
Applicants are strongly encouraged to adhere to the advancement of this 
principle both in program administration and in program content. Please 
refer to the review criteria under the `Support for Diversity' section 
for specific suggestions on incorporating diversity into your proposal. 
Public Law 104-319 provides that ``in carrying out programs of 
educational and cultural exchange in countries whose people do not 
fully enjoy freedom and democracy,'' the Bureau ``shall take 
appropriate steps to provide opportunities for participation in such 
programs to human rights and democracy leaders of such countries.'' 
Public Law 106-113 requires that the governments of the countries 
described above do not have inappropriate influence in the selection 
process. Proposals should reflect advancement of these goals in their 
program contents, to the full extent deemed feasible.
    IV.3d.3 Program Monitoring and Evaluation: Proposals must include a 
plan to monitor and evaluate the project's success, both as the 
activities unfold and at the end of the program. The Bureau recommends 
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questionnaire or other technique plus a description of a methodology to 
use to link outcomes to original project objectives. The Bureau expects 
that the grantee will track participants or partners and be able to 
respond to key evaluation questions, including satisfaction with the 
program, learning as a result of the program, changes in behavior as a 
result of the program, and effects of the program on institutions 
(institutions in which participants work or partner institutions). The 
evaluation plan should include indicators that measure gains in mutual 
understanding as well as substantive knowledge.
    Successful monitoring and evaluation depend heavily on setting 
clear goals and outcomes at the outset of a program. Your evaluation 
plan should include a description of your project's objectives, your 
anticipated project outcomes, and how and when you intend to measure 
these outcomes (performance indicators). The more that outcomes are 
``smart'' (specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and 
placed in a reasonable time frame), the easier it will be to conduct 
the evaluation. You should also show how your project objectives link 
to the goals of the program described in this RFGP.
    Your monitoring and evaluation plan should clearly distinguish 
between program outputs and outcomes. Outputs are products and services 
delivered, often stated as an amount. Output information is important 
to show the scope or size of project activities, but it cannot 
substitute for information about progress towards outcomes or the 
results achieved. Examples of outputs include the number of people 
trained or the number of seminars conducted. Outcomes, in contrast, 
represent specific results a project is intended to achieve and is 
usually measured as an extent of change. Findings on outputs and 
outcomes should both be reported, but the focus should be on outcomes.
    We encourage you to assess the following four levels of outcomes, 
as they relate to the program goals set out in the RFGP (listed here in 
increasing order of importance):
    Participant satisfaction with the program and exchange experience.
    Participant learning, such as increased knowledge, aptitude, 
skills, and changed understanding and attitude. Learning includes both 
substantive (subject-specific) learning and mutual understanding.
    Participant behavior, concrete actions to apply knowledge in 
profession or home community; greater participation and responsibility 
in civic organizations; interpretation and explanation of experiences 
and new knowledge gained; continued contacts between participants, 
community members, and others.
    Institutional changes, such as increased collaboration and 
partnerships, policy reforms, new programming, and organizational 
improvements.

    Please note: Consideration should be given to the appropriate 
timing of data collection for each level of outcome. For example, 
satisfaction is usually captured as a short-term outcome, whereas 
behavior and institutional changes are normally considered longer-
term outcomes.


    Overall, the quality of your monitoring and evaluation plan will be 
judged on how well it: (1) Specifies intended outcomes; (2) gives clear 
descriptions of how each outcome will be measured; (3) identifies when 
particular outcomes will be measured; and (4) provides a clear 
description of the data collection strategies for each outcome (i.e., 
surveys, interviews, or focus groups). (Please note that evaluation 
plans that deal only with the first level of outcomes [satisfaction] 
will be deemed less competitive under the present evaluation criteria.)
    Grantees will be required to provide reports analyzing their 
evaluation findings to the Bureau in their regular program reports. All 
data collected, including survey responses and contact information, 
must be maintained for a minimum of three years and provided to the 
Bureau upon request.
    IV.3d.4. Describe your plans for: i.e. sustainability, overall 
program management, staffing, coordination with ECA and PAS or any 
other requirements etc.
    IV.3e Please take the following information into consideration when 
preparing your budget:
    IV.3e.1 Applicants must submit a comprehensive budget for the 
entire program. In addition, the proposal must include a comprehensive 
budget narrative demonstrating how costs were derived. The budget 
format should break out costs on a year-by-year basis. If applying to 
administer both the USET and USSP programs, the applicant's budget 
proposal should include a budget summary page that breaks out program 
and administrative costs assigned to each program. The total amount of 
funding requested from ECA may not exceed $1 million, if applying to 
administer both the USET and USSP programs, or $500,000, if applying to 
administer one of the two programs. At this level of funding, 
applicants are encouraged to budget for at least ten (10) students for 
degree study, i.e., at least five (5) each under the USET and USSP 
programs. The number of participants that the organization proposes to 
sponsor should be clearly stated. ECA reserves the right to reduce, 
revise or increase the proposed budget in accordance with funding 
availability and the needs of the program. There must be a summary 
budget as well as breakdowns reflecting both administrative and program 
budgets.
    IV.3e.2 Allowable costs for the program include the following:
    (1) Publicity, recruitment, selection, placement and communication 
with applicants and participants.
    (2) Travel for student participants between home and program 
location.
    (3) Tuition and fees, stipends for living costs, book allowances, 
and other necessary maintenance costs and expenses for the students.
    (4) Advising and monitoring of students.
    (5) Academic and cultural support and enrichment activities.
    (6) Pre-return activities and evaluation.
    (7) Staff and administrative expenses to carry out the program 
activities. Administrative and overhead costs should be as low as 
possible.
    Please refer to the Solicitation Package for complete budget 
guidelines and formatting instructions.
    IV.3f Submission Dates and Times: Application Deadline Date: April 
14, 2005.
    Explanation of Deadlines: In light of recent events and heightened 
security measures, proposal submissions must be sent via a nationally 
recognized overnight delivery service (i.e., DHL, Federal Express, UPS, 
Airborne Express, or U.S. Postal Service Express Overnight Mail, etc.) 
and be shipped no later than the above deadline. The delivery services 
used by applicants must have in-place, centralized shipping 
identification and tracking systems that may be accessed via the 
Internet and delivery people who are identifiable by commonly 
recognized uniforms and delivery vehicles. Proposals shipped on or 
before the above deadline but received at ECA more than seven days 
after the deadline will be ineligible for further consideration under 
this competition. Proposals shipped after the established deadlines are 
ineligible for consideration under this competition. It is each 
applicant's responsibility to ensure that each package is marked with a 
legible tracking number and to monitor/confirm delivery to ECA via the 
Internet. ECA will not notify you upon receipt of application. Delivery 
of proposal packages may not be made via local courier service or in 
person for this competition. Faxed documents will not

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be accepted at any time. Only proposals submitted as stated above will 
be considered. Applications may not be submitted electronically at this 
time.
    Applicants must follow all instructions in the Solicitation 
Package.

    Important note: When preparing your submission please make sure 
to include one extra copy of the completed SF-424 form and place it 
in an envelope addressed to ``ECA/EX/PM.''

    The original and 10 copies of the application should be sent to: 
U.S. Department of State, SA-44, Bureau of Educational and Cultural 
Affairs, Ref.: ECA/A/E/EAP-05-01, Program Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room 
534, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547.
    Along with the Project Title, all applicants must enter the above 
Reference Number in Box 11 on the SF-424 contained in the mandatory 
Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) of the solicitation document.
    IV.3g Intergovernmental Review of Applications: Executive Order 
12372 does not apply to this program.

V. Application Review Information

V.1 Review Process

    The Bureau will review all proposals for technical eligibility. 
Proposals will be deemed ineligible if they do not fully adhere to the 
guidelines stated herein and in the Solicitation Package. All eligible 
proposals will be reviewed by the program office, as well as the Public 
Diplomacy section overseas, where appropriate. Eligible proposals will 
be subject to compliance with Federal and Bureau regulations and 
guidelines and forwarded to Bureau grant panels for advisory review. 
Proposals may also be reviewed by the Office of the Legal Adviser or by 
other Department elements. Final funding decisions are at the 
discretion of the Department of State's Assistant Secretary for 
Educational and Cultural Affairs. Final technical authority for 
cooperative agreements resides with the Bureau's Grants Officer.
Review Criteria
    Technically eligible applications will be competitively reviewed 
according to the criteria stated below. These criteria are not rank 
ordered and all carry equal weight in the proposal evaluation:
    (1) Quality of the program idea: Proposals should exhibit 
originality, substance, precision, and relevance to the program goals 
and mission. Proposals should demonstrate understanding of the 
participating nations and of the needs of students from the region(s) 
as related to the program goals.
    (2) Program planning: Detailed agenda and relevant work plan should 
demonstrate substantive undertakings and logistical capacity. Agenda 
and plan should adhere to the program overview and guidelines described 
above. Each component of the program should be addressed.
    (3) Ability to achieve program objectives: Objectives should be 
reasonable, feasible, and flexible. Proposals should explain how 
objectives will be met through specific activities to be carried out in 
the U.S., and in East Timor and/or the South Pacific region.
    (4) Multiplier effect/impact: Programs should strengthen long-term 
mutual understanding, including maximum sharing of information and 
establishment of long-term institutional and individual linkages. 
Anticipated results of the program in East Timor and/or the South 
Pacific region as well as in the U.S. should be addressed.
    (5) Diversity: Proposals should demonstrate substantive support for 
the Bureau's policy on diversity. To the full extent possible, 
scholarship recipients for this program should be representative of 
diversity in the following categories: country of origin/residence 
within country(ies); gender; ethnic community of origin within 
country(ies), where relevant; urban and rural regions (with emphasis on 
outreach beyond capital cities); and proposed fields of study within 
the general parameters outlined in this solicitation. Proposals should 
explain what efforts will be undertaken to achieve these goals. The 
U.S. study and enrichment programs should also incorporate and 
demonstrate the diversity of the American people, regions and culture.
    (6) Institutional Capacity: Proposed personnel and institutional 
resources should be adequate and appropriate to achieve the program 
goals. Proposal should explain how the grantee organization will meet 
the requirements of students on this specific program. Proposals should 
describe the applicant's knowledge of, or prior experience with, 
students from East Timor, and/or the South Pacific nations, and/or 
other developing countries.
    (7) Institution's Record/Ability: Proposals should demonstrate an 
institutional record of successful exchange programs, including 
responsible fiscal management and full compliance with all reporting 
requirements for past Bureau grants as determined by Bureau Grant 
Staff. The Bureau will consider the past performance of prior 
recipients and the demonstrated potential of new applicants.
    (8) Follow-on Activities: Proposals should provide a plan for 
continued follow-on activity (without Bureau support) ensuring that 
Bureau-supported programs are not isolated events.
    (9) Project Evaluation: Proposals should include a plan to evaluate 
the program's success, both as the activities unfold and at the end of 
the program. A draft survey questionnaire or other technique plus a 
description of a methodology that will link outcomes to original 
project objectives is recommended. The grantee will be expected to 
submit quarterly program reports.
    (10) Cost-effectiveness and Cost-sharing: The overhead and 
administrative components of the proposal, including salaries and 
honoraria, should be kept as low as possible. Proposals should maximize 
cost-sharing through other private sector support as well as 
institutional direct funding contributions. Budget estimates should be 
as accurate as possible over the full period of the grant.

VI. Award Administration Information

VI.1 Award Notices

    Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by 
Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. 
Successful applicants will receive an Assistance Award Document (AAD) 
from the Bureau's Grants Office. The AAD and the original grant 
proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the 
only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. 
Government. The AAD will be signed by an authorized Grants Officer, and 
mailed to the recipient's responsible officer identified in the 
application.
    Unsuccessful applicants will receive notification of the results of 
the application review from the ECA program office coordinating this 
competition.

VI.2 Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    Terms and Conditions for the Administration of ECA agreements 
include the following:

Office of Management and Budget Circular A-122, ``Cost Principles for 
Nonprofit Organizations.''
Office of Management and Budget Circular A-21, ``Cost Principles for 
Educational Institutions.''

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OMB Circular A-87, ``Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian 
Governments.''
OMB Circular No. A-110 (Revised), Uniform Administrative Requirements 
for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, 
Hospitals, and other Nonprofit Organizations.
OMB Circular No. A-102, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants-
in-Aid to State and Local Governments.
OMB Circular No. A-133, Audits of States, Local Government, and Non-
profit Organizations.

    Please reference the following Web sites for additional 
information: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants, and http://
exchanges.state.gov/education/grantsdiv/terms.htm#articleI.

VI.3 Reporting Requirements

    You must provide ECA with a hard copy original plus two copies of 
the following reports:
    (1) A final program and financial report no more than 90 days after 
the expiration of the award;
    (2) Quarterly financial and program reports, the latter of which 
should include record and analysis of program activities from that 
period.
    Grantees will be required to provide reports analyzing their 
evaluation findings to the Bureau in their regular program reports. 
(Please refer to IV. Application and Submission Instructions (IV.3.d.3) 
above for Program Monitoring and Evaluation information.)
    All data collected, including survey responses and contact 
information, must be maintained for a minimum of three years and 
provided to the Bureau upon request.
    All reports must be sent to the ECA Grants Officer and ECA Program 
Officer listed in the final assistance award document.

VI.4 Program Data Requirements

    Organizations awarded grants will be required to maintain specific 
data on program participants and activities in an electronically 
accessible database format that can be shared with the Bureau as 
required. As a minimum, the data must include the following:
    (1) Name, address, contact information and biographic sketch of all 
persons who travel internationally on funds provided by the grant or 
who benefit from the grant funding but do not travel.
    (2) Itineraries of international and domestic travel, providing 
dates of travel and cities in which any exchange experiences take 
place. Final schedules for in-country and U.S. activities must be 
received by the ECA Program Officer at least three work days prior to 
the official opening of the activity.

VII. Agency Contacts

    For questions about this announcement, contact: Matthew McMahon, 
Program Officer, East Asia and Pacific Programs Branch (ECA/A/E/EAP), 
Room 208, ECA/A/E/EAP-05-01, U.S. Department of State, SA-44, 301 4th 
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547, phone: (202) 453-8102, fax: (202) 
453-8107, e-mail: mcmahonmp@state.gov.
    Individual students interested in applying for either the USET or 
USSP scholarship should not contact the Office of Academic Programs. 
Instead they should visit the following Web site for more information 
on the current programs: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/edu-sp.asp.
    All correspondence with the Bureau concerning this RFGP should 
reference the above title and number ECA/A/E/EAP-05-01.
    Please read the complete Federal Register announcement before 
sending inquiries or submitting proposals. Once the RFGP deadline has 
passed, Bureau staff may not discuss this competition with applicants 
until the proposal review process has been completed.

VIII. Other Information

    Notice: The terms and conditions published in this RFGP are binding 
and may not be modified by any Bureau representative. Explanatory 
information provided by the Bureau that contradicts published language 
will not be binding. Issuance of the RFGP does not constitute an award 
commitment on the part of the Government. The Bureau reserves the right 
to reduce, revise, or increase proposal budgets in accordance with the 
needs of the program and the availability of funds. Awards made will be 
subject to periodic reporting and evaluation requirements per section 
VI.3 above.

    Dated: February 15, 2005.
C. Miller Crouch,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and 
Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 05-3698 Filed 2-24-05; 8:45 am]
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