Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, 56119-56123 [E6-15758]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 26, 2006 / Notices pwalker on PRODPC60 with NOTICES quality and availability of data for the research in the host country or countries (10 points); (4) The justification for overseas field research and preparations to establish appropriate and sufficient research contacts and affiliations abroad (10 points); (5) The applicant’s plans to share the results of the research in progress with scholars and officials of the host country or countries and the American scholarly community (10 points); and (6) The objectives of the project regarding the sponsoring institution’s plans for developing or strengthening, or both, curricula in modern foreign languages and area studies (10 points). Qualifications of the applicant (40 points): In determining the qualifications of the applicant, the Secretary considers (1) The overall strength of the applicant’s academic record (teaching, research, contributions, professional association activities) (10 points); (2) The applicant’s excellence as a teacher or researcher, or both, in his or her area or areas of specialization (10 points); (3) The applicant’s proficiency in one or more of the languages (other than English and the applicant’s native language) of the country or countries of research, and the specific measures to be taken to overcome any anticipated language barriers (15 points); and (4) The applicant’s ability to conduct research in a foreign cultural context, as evidenced by the applicant’s previous overseas experience, or documentation provided by the sponsoring institution, or both (5 points). VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: If a faculty application is successful, we notify the IHE’s U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send the IHE a Grant Award Notification (GAN). We may also notify the IHE informally. If a faculty application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify the IHE. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also incorporates its approved application as part of its binding commitments under the grant. 3. Reporting: At the end of the project period, the IHE must submit a final VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:03 Sep 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 performance report, including the final reports of all of the IHE’s fellows, and financial information, as directed by the Secretary. The IHE and fellows are required to use the electronic reporting system Evaluation of Exchange, Language, International and Area Studies (EELIAS) to complete the final report. 4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), the following measures will be used by the Department in assessing the performance of the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program: (1) The average language competency score of Fulbright-Hays Training Grants—Faculty Research Abroad fellows at the end of the research period (post-test) minus the average competency score at the beginning of the research period (pre-test). All grantees will be expected to provide documentation of the improved language proficiency of the fellows through the EELIAS system. Reporting screens for institutions and fellows may be viewed at: http://www.eelias.org/ eelias/pdfs/FRA/ fraDirectorCombined.pdf, http:// www.eelias.org/eelias/pdfs/FRA/ fraFellowCombined.pdf. (2) The percent of projects judged to be successful by the program officer, based on a review of information provided in the final performance reports. The information provided by grantees in their performance reports submitted via EELIAS will be the source of data for this measure. VII. Agency Contact For Further Information Contact: Amy Wilson, International Education Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006–8521. Telephone: (202) 502–7689 or via the Internet: amy.wilson@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed in this section. VIII. Other Information Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ fedregister. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56119 To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. Dated: September 20, 2006. James F. Manning, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. E6–15757 Filed 9–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.022A. Applications Available: October 10, 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: November 15, 2006. Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education (IHE). As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then officially submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the Department. Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $4,400,000 for new awards for this program for FY 2007. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program. Estimated Range of Fellowship Awards: $15,000–$60,000. Estimated Average Size of Fellowship Awards: $29,330. Estimated Number of Fellowship Awards: 150. DATES: Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: The institutional project period is 18 months beginning July 1, 2007. Students may request funding for 6–12 months. E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1 56120 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 26, 2006 / Notices Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The FulbrightHays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program provides opportunities to graduate students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Priorities: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(ii), this priority is from the regulations for this program (34 CFR 662.21(d)). Absolute Priority: For FY 2007 this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: A research project that focuses on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories). Please note that applications that propose projects focused on Western Europe are not eligible. Competitive Preference Priority: Within this absolute priority, we give competitive preference to applications that address the following priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105 (c)(2)(i) and 34 CFR 662.21(d) we award an additional five (5) points to an application that meets this priority. This priority is: A research project that focuses on one or more of the areas where the following critical languages are spoken: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, as well as Indic, Iranian, and Turkic language families. Program Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2452(b)(6). Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 662. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to IHEs only. pwalker on PRODPC60 with NOTICES II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants redistributed as fellowships to individual beneficiaries. As part of its FY 2007 budget request, the Administration proposed to continue to allow funds to be used to support the applications of individuals who plan to utilize their language skills in world areas vital to the United States national security in the fields of government, international development, and the professions. Therefore, students VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:03 Sep 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 planning to apply their language skills in such fields are eligible to apply for this program, in addition to those planning teaching careers. However, authority to use funds in this manner depends on final Congressional action. Applicants will be given an opportunity to amend their applications if such authority is not provided. Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $4,400,000 for this program for FY 2007. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program. Estimated Range of Fellowship Awards: $15,000–$60,000. Estimated Average Size of Fellowship Awards: $29,330. Estimated Number of Fellowship Awards: 150. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: The institutional project period is 18 months beginning July 1, 2007. Students may request funding for 6–12 months. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: IHEs. As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then officially submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the Department. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost sharing or matching. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: Both IHEs and student applicants may obtain an application package via the Internet by downloading the package from the program Web site: http://www.ed.gov/programs/ iegpsddrap/index.html. IHEs and student applicants may also obtain a copy of the application package by contacting Carla White, International Education Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006–8521. Telephone: (202) 502–7700 or by e-mail: ddra@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 diskette) by contacting the program contact person listed in this section. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms to be submitted, are in the application package for this program. Page Limit: The application narrative is where the student applicant addresses the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate the application. The student applicant must limit the narrative to the equivalent of 10 pages and the bibliography to the equivalent of two (2) pages, using the following standards: • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and both sides. • Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the application narrative. However, student applicants may single space all text in charts, tables, figures, graphs, titles, headings, footnotes, endnotes, quotations, bibliography, and captions. • Use a font that is either 12-point or larger or no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). • Student applicants may use a 10point font in charts, tables, figures, graphs, footnotes, and endnotes. However, these items are considered part of the narrative and counted within the 10 page limit. • Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, Courier New or Arial. Applications submitted in any other font (including Times Roman, Arial Narrow) will not be accepted. The page limits only apply to the application narrative and bibliography. However, student applicants must include their complete responses to the selection criteria in the application narrative. We will reject a student applicant’s application if— • A student applicant applies these standards and exceeds the page limits; or • A student applicant applies other standards and exceeds the equivalent of the page limits. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: October 10, 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: November 15, 2006. Applications for grants under this program must be submitted electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-Application) available through the Department’s eGrants system. Please note that the application availability date for this competition is October 10. The application will not be available on the e-Application system until October 10. E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1 pwalker on PRODPC60 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 26, 2006 / Notices For information (including dates and times) about how to submit an IHE’s application electronically or by mail or hand delivery if an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, please refer to Section IV.6. Other Submission Requirements in this notice. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. 4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is not subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. 5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. 6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this program must be submitted electronically, unless an IHE qualifies for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in this section. a. Electronic Submission of Applications. Applications for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program—CFDA Number 84.022A must be submitted electronically using e-Application available through the Department’s eGrants system, accessible through the eGrants portal page at: http://egrants.ed.gov. We will reject an application if an IHE submits it in paper format unless, as described elsewhere in this section, the IHE qualifies for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submits, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written statement to the Department that the IHE qualifies for one of these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement. While completing the electronic application, both the IHE and the student applicant will be entering data online that will be saved into a database. Neither the IHE nor the student applicant may e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us. Please note the following: • The process for submitting applications electronically under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program has several parts. The following is a brief summary of the process; however, all applicants should review and follow the detailed description of the VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:03 Sep 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 application process that is contained in the application package. In summary, the major parts are as follows: (1) IHEs must e-mail the following information to ddra@ed.gov: name of university, full name and e-mail address of potential project director. We recommend that applicant IHEs submit this information as soon as possible to ensure that applicant IHEs obtain access to the eApplication system well before the application deadline date. We suggest that applicant IHEs send this information no later than October 31, 2006, in order to facilitate timely submission of their applications; (2) Students must complete their individual applications and submit them to their IHE’s project director using eApplication; (3) Persons providing references for individual students must complete and submit reference forms for the students and submit them to the IHE’s project director using eApplication; and (4) The IHE’s project director must officially submit the IHE’s application, which must include all eligible individual student applications, reference forms, and other required forms, using e-Application. Student transcripts, however, must be mailed or hand delivered to the Department on or before the application deadline date using the applicable mail or hand delivery instructions for paper applications in this notice. • The IHE must complete the electronic submission of the grant application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The e-Application system will not accept an application for this program after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that both the IHE and the student applicant not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process. • The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 6 a.m. Thursday until midnight Saturday, Washington, DC time. Please note that the system is unavailable on Sundays, and between 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6 a.m. on Thursdays, Washington, DC time, for maintenance. Any modifications to these hours are posted on the e-Grants Web site. • Student applicants will not receive additional point value because he/she submits his/her application in electronic format, nor will we penalize the IHE or student applicant if it qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submits an application in paper format. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56121 • IHEs must submit all documents, except for student transcripts, electronically, including the Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), and all necessary assurances and certifications. Both IHEs and student applicants must attach any narrative sections of the application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable Document) format. If an IHE or a student applicant uploads a file type other than the three file types specified above or submit a password protected file, we will not review that material. • Student transcripts must be mailed or hand delivered to the Department on or before the application deadline date in accordance with the applicable mail or hand delivery instructions for paper applications described in this notice. • Both the IHE’s and the student applicant’s electronic application must comply with any page limit requirements described in this notice. • Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may wish to print a copy of it for your records. • After the individual student applicant electronically submits his/her application to his/her IHE, the student will receive an automatic acknowledgment. In addition, the applicant IHE’s Project Director will receive a copy of this acknowledgment by e-mail. After a person submits a reference electronically, he/she will receive an online confirmation. After the applicant IHE submits its application, including all eligible individual student applications, to the Department, the applicant IHE will receive an automatic acknowledgment, which will include a PR/Award number (an identifying number unique to the IHE’s application). • Within three working days after submitting the IHE’s electronic application, the IHE must fax a signed copy of the SF 424 to the Application Control Center after following these steps: (1) Print SF 424 from e-Application. (2) The applicant IHE’s Authorizing Representative must sign this form. (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the hardcopy signature page of the SF 424. (4) Fax the signed SF 424 to the Application Control Center at (202) 245–6272. • We may request that you provide us original signatures on other forms at a later date. Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of e-Application System Unavailability: If an IHE is prevented from electronically submitting the application on the application deadline E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1 pwalker on PRODPC60 with NOTICES 56122 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 26, 2006 / Notices date because the e-Application system is unavailable, we will grant the IHE an extension of one business day in order to transmit the application electronically, by mail, or by hand delivery. We will grant this extension if— (1) The IHE is a registered user of eApplication and the IHE has initiated an electronic application for this competition; and (2)(a) The e-Application system is unavailable for 60 minutes or more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date; or (b) The e-Application system is unavailable for any period of time between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability before granting the IHE an extension. To request this extension or to confirm our acknowledgement of any system unavailability, an IHE may contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-Grants help desk at 1–888–336–8930. If the system is down and therefore the application deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all registered users who have initiated an eApplication. Extensions referred to in this section apply only to the unavailability of the Department’s eApplication system. Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: An IHE may qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit its application in paper format, if the IHE is unable to submit an application through the e-Application system because— • The IHE or a student applicant does not have access to the Internet; or • The IHE or a student applicant does not have the capacity to upload large documents to the Department’s eApplication system; and • No later than two weeks before the application deadline date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business day following the Federal holiday), the IHE mails or faxes a written statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception prevent the IHE from using the Internet to submit its application. If an IHE mails a written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If an IHE VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:03 Sep 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 faxes its written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. Address and mail or fax this statement to: Carla White, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006–8521. FAX: (202) 502–7860. The IHE’s paper application must be submitted in accordance with the mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice. b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, the IHE may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier) its application to the Department. The IHE must mail the original and two copies of the application, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the applicable following address: By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.022A), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202–4260, or By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center—Stop 4260, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.022A), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785–1506. Regardless of which address the IHE uses, the IHE must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following: (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark, (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service, (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier, or (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. If the IHE mails its application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing: (1) A private metered postmark, or (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service. If the IHE’s application is postmarked after the application deadline date, we will not consider its application. Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, the IHE should check with its local post office. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery. If an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, the IHE (or a courier service) may deliver its paper application to the Department by hand. The IHE must deliver the original and two copies of the application, by hand, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.022A), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260. The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays. Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If an IHE mails or hand delivers its application to the Department: (1) The IHE must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number— and suffix letter, if any—of the competition under which the IHE is submitting its application. (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application receipt acknowledgment to the IHE. If the IHE does not receive the grant application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days from the application deadline date, the IHE should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245– 6288. V. Application Review Information Student applications are divided into seven categories based on the world area focus of their research projects, as described in the absolute priority listed in this notice. Language and area studies experts in seven discrete world areabased panels will review the student applications. Each panel reviews, scores and ranks its applications separately from the applications assigned to the other world area panels. However, all applications will be ranked jointly from the highest to the lowest score for funding purposes. Selection Criteria: The following selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 662.21: The maximum score for all of the criteria, including the competitive preference priority, is 105 points. The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in parentheses. Quality of proposed project (60 points): In determining the quality of the research project proposed by the applicant, the Secretary considers (1) The statement of the major hypotheses to be tested or questions to be examined, and the description and justification of the research methods to be used (10 E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 26, 2006 / Notices points); (2) The relationship of the research to the literature on the topic and to major theoretical issues in the field, and the project’s originality and importance in terms of the concerns of the discipline (10 points); (3) The preliminary research already completed in the United States and overseas or plans for such research prior to going overseas, and the kinds, quality and availability of data for the research in the host country or countries (10 points); (4) The justification for overseas field research and preparations to establish appropriate and sufficient research contacts and affiliations abroad (10 points); (5) The applicant’s plans to share the results of the research in progress and a copy of the dissertation with scholars and officials of the host country or countries (10 points); and (6) The guidance and supervision of the dissertation advisor or committee at all stages of the project, including guidance in developing the project, understanding research conditions abroad, and acquainting the applicant with research in the field (10 points). Qualifications of the applicant (40 points): In determining the qualifications of the applicant, the Secretary considers (1) The overall strength of the applicant’s graduate academic record (10 points); (2) The extent to which the applicant’s academic record demonstrates a strength in area studies relevant to the proposed project (10 points); (3) The applicant’s proficiency in one or more of the languages (other than English and the applicant’s native language) of the country or countries of research, and the specific measures to be taken to overcome any anticipated language barriers (15 points); and (4) The applicant’s ability to conduct research in a foreign cultural context, as evidenced by the applicant’s references or previous overseas experience, or both (5 points). pwalker on PRODPC60 with NOTICES VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: If a student application is successful, we notify the IHE’s U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send the IHE a Grant Award Notification (GAN). We may also notify the IHE informally. If a student application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify the IHE. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:03 Sep 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also incorporates its approved application as part of its binding commitments under the grant. 3. Reporting: At the end of the project period, the IHE must submit a final performance report, including the final reports of all of the IHE’s fellows, and financial information, as directed by the Secretary. The IHE and fellows are required to use the electronic reporting system Evaluation of Exchange, Language, International and Area Studies (EELIAS) to complete the final report. 4. Performance Measures: The objective of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program is to maintain a U.S. higher education system able to produce experts in less commonly taught languages and area studies who are capable of contributing to the needs of the U.S. government, academic, and business institutions. The following performance measure has been developed to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the DDRA program—The improvement of language proficiency of fellows. All grantees will be expected to provide documentation of the improved language proficiency of the fellows through the EELIAS system. Reporting screens for institutions and fellows may be viewed at: http:// www.eelias.org/pdfs/ddra/ ddradirectorcombined.pdf, http:// www.eelias.org/pdfs/ddra/ ddrafellowcombined.pdf. VII. Agency Contact FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carla White, International Education Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006–8521. Telephone: (202) 502–7700 or via the Internet: ddra@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed in this section. VIII. Other Information Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56123 Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ fedregister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. Dated: September 20, 2006. James F. Manning, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. E6–15758 Filed 9–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Overview Information; Training and Information for Parents of Children With Disabilities—Parent Training and Information Centers; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.328M. Dates: Applications Available: September 26, 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: November 13, 2006. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: January 9, 2007. Eligible Applicants: Parent organizations, as defined in section III. Eligibility Information in this notice. Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $25,704,000 for the Training and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities program for FY 2007, of which we intend to use an estimated $8,957,406 for the Parent Training and Information Centers competition. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program. Information concerning funding amounts for individual States is provided in a chart elsewhere in this notice under section II. Award Information. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $319,907. E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; 
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program 
Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.022A.


DATES: Applications Available: October 10, 2006.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: November 15, 2006.
    Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education (IHE). As 
part of the application process, students submit individual 
applications to the IHE. The IHE then officially submits all eligible 
individual student applications with its grant application to the 
Department.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$4,400,000 for new awards for this program for FY 2007. The actual 
level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. 
However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete 
the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program.
    Estimated Range of Fellowship Awards: $15,000-$60,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Fellowship Awards: $29,330.
    Estimated Number of Fellowship Awards: 150.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice.


    Project Period: The institutional project period is 18 months 
beginning July 1, 2007. Students may request funding for 6-12 months.

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Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation 
Research Abroad Fellowship Program provides opportunities to graduate 
students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern 
foreign languages and area studies.
    Priorities: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(ii), this 
priority is from the regulations for this program (34 CFR 662.21(d)).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2007 this priority is an absolute 
priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that 
meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    A research project that focuses on one or more of the following 
areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South 
Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Western 
Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories). Please 
note that applications that propose projects focused on Western Europe 
are not eligible.
    Competitive Preference Priority: Within this absolute priority, we 
give competitive preference to applications that address the following 
priority.
    Under 34 CFR 75.105 (c)(2)(i) and 34 CFR 662.21(d) we award an 
additional five (5) points to an application that meets this priority.
    This priority is:
    A research project that focuses on one or more of the areas where 
the following critical languages are spoken: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, 
Korean, Russian, as well as Indic, Iranian, and Turkic language 
families.

    Program Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2452(b)(6).

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 81, 82, 
84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The regulations for this program in 34 
CFR part 662.


    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to IHEs only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants redistributed as fellowships to 
individual beneficiaries. As part of its FY 2007 budget request, the 
Administration proposed to continue to allow funds to be used to 
support the applications of individuals who plan to utilize their 
language skills in world areas vital to the United States national 
security in the fields of government, international development, and 
the professions. Therefore, students planning to apply their language 
skills in such fields are eligible to apply for this program, in 
addition to those planning teaching careers. However, authority to use 
funds in this manner depends on final Congressional action. Applicants 
will be given an opportunity to amend their applications if such 
authority is not provided.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$4,400,000 for this program for FY 2007. The actual level of funding, 
if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting 
applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if 
Congress appropriates funds for this program.
    Estimated Range of Fellowship Awards: $15,000-$60,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Fellowship Awards: $29,330.
    Estimated Number of Fellowship Awards: 150.


    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice.


    Project Period: The institutional project period is 18 months 
beginning July 1, 2007. Students may request funding for 6-12 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: IHEs. As part of the application process, 
students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then 
officially submits all eligible individual student applications with 
its grant application to the Department.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: Both IHEs and student 
applicants may obtain an application package via the Internet by 
downloading the package from the program Web site: http://www.ed.gov/
programs/iegpsddrap/index.html.
    IHEs and student applicants may also obtain a copy of the 
application package by contacting Carla White, International Education 
Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., 
Suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006-8521. Telephone: (202) 502-7700 or by 
e-mail: ddra@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, 
audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the program contact 
person listed in this section.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms to be 
submitted, are in the application package for this program.
    Page Limit: The application narrative is where the student 
applicant addresses the selection criteria that reviewers use to 
evaluate the application. The student applicant must limit the 
narrative to the equivalent of 10 pages and the bibliography to the 
equivalent of two (2) pages, using the following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative. However, student applicants may 
single space all text in charts, tables, figures, graphs, titles, 
headings, footnotes, endnotes, quotations, bibliography, and captions.
     Use a font that is either 12-point or larger or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
     Student applicants may use a 10-point font in charts, 
tables, figures, graphs, footnotes, and endnotes. However, these items 
are considered part of the narrative and counted within the 10 page 
limit.
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New or Arial. Applications submitted in any other font 
(including Times Roman, Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.
    The page limits only apply to the application narrative and 
bibliography. However, student applicants must include their complete 
responses to the selection criteria in the application narrative.
    We will reject a student applicant's application if--
     A student applicant applies these standards and exceeds 
the page limits; or
     A student applicant applies other standards and exceeds 
the equivalent of the page limits.
    3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: October 10, 
2006.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: November 15, 2006.
    Applications for grants under this program must be submitted 
electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-
Application) available through the Department's e-Grants system. Please 
note that the application availability date for this competition is 
October 10. The application will not be available on the e-Application 
system until October 10.

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For information (including dates and times) about how to submit an 
IHE's application electronically or by mail or hand delivery if an IHE 
qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, 
please refer to Section IV.6. Other Submission Requirements in this 
notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is not subject to 
Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this program must be submitted electronically, unless an IHE qualifies 
for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the 
instructions in this section.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    Applications for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral 
Dissertation Research Abroad Program--CFDA Number 84.022A must be 
submitted electronically using e-Application available through the 
Department's e-Grants system, accessible through the e-Grants portal 
page at: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    We will reject an application if an IHE submits it in paper format 
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, the IHE qualifies for 
one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and 
submits, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date, 
a written statement to the Department that the IHE qualifies for one of 
these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date 
that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided 
later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission 
Requirement.
    While completing the electronic application, both the IHE and the 
student applicant will be entering data online that will be saved into 
a database. Neither the IHE nor the student applicant may e-mail an 
electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    Please note the following:
     The process for submitting applications electronically 
under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad 
Fellowship Program has several parts. The following is a brief summary 
of the process; however, all applicants should review and follow the 
detailed description of the application process that is contained in 
the application package. In summary, the major parts are as follows: 
(1) IHEs must e-mail the following information to ddra@ed.gov: name of 
university, full name and e-mail address of potential project director. 
We recommend that applicant IHEs submit this information as soon as 
possible to ensure that applicant IHEs obtain access to the e-
Application system well before the application deadline date. We 
suggest that applicant IHEs send this information no later than October 
31, 2006, in order to facilitate timely submission of their 
applications; (2) Students must complete their individual applications 
and submit them to their IHE's project director using e-Application; 
(3) Persons providing references for individual students must complete 
and submit reference forms for the students and submit them to the 
IHE's project director using e-Application; and (4) The IHE's project 
director must officially submit the IHE's application, which must 
include all eligible individual student applications, reference forms, 
and other required forms, using e-Application. Student transcripts, 
however, must be mailed or hand delivered to the Department on or 
before the application deadline date using the applicable mail or hand 
delivery instructions for paper applications in this notice.
     The IHE must complete the electronic submission of the 
grant application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. The e-Application system will not accept an application 
for this program after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that both 
the IHE and the student applicant not wait until the application 
deadline date to begin the application process.
     The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site 
are 6 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 6 a.m. Thursday until 
midnight Saturday, Washington, DC time. Please note that the system is 
unavailable on Sundays, and between 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6 a.m. on 
Thursdays, Washington, DC time, for maintenance. Any modifications to 
these hours are posted on the e-Grants Web site.
     Student applicants will not receive additional point value 
because he/she submits his/her application in electronic format, nor 
will we penalize the IHE or student applicant if it qualifies for an 
exception to the electronic submission requirement, as described 
elsewhere in this section, and submits an application in paper format.
     IHEs must submit all documents, except for student 
transcripts, electronically, including the Application for Federal 
Assistance (SF 424), and all necessary assurances and certifications. 
Both IHEs and student applicants must attach any narrative sections of 
the application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or 
.PDF (Portable Document) format. If an IHE or a student applicant 
uploads a file type other than the three file types specified above or 
submit a password protected file, we will not review that material.
     Student transcripts must be mailed or hand delivered to 
the Department on or before the application deadline date in accordance 
with the applicable mail or hand delivery instructions for paper 
applications described in this notice.
     Both the IHE's and the student applicant's electronic 
application must comply with any page limit requirements described in 
this notice.
     Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may 
wish to print a copy of it for your records.
     After the individual student applicant electronically 
submits his/her application to his/her IHE, the student will receive an 
automatic acknowledgment. In addition, the applicant IHE's Project 
Director will receive a copy of this acknowledgment by e-mail. After a 
person submits a reference electronically, he/she will receive an 
online confirmation. After the applicant IHE submits its application, 
including all eligible individual student applications, to the 
Department, the applicant IHE will receive an automatic acknowledgment, 
which will include a PR/Award number (an identifying number unique to 
the IHE's application).
     Within three working days after submitting the IHE's 
electronic application, the IHE must fax a signed copy of the SF 424 to 
the Application Control Center after following these steps:
    (1) Print SF 424 from e-Application.
    (2) The applicant IHE's Authorizing Representative must sign this 
form.
    (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the 
hard-copy signature page of the SF 424.
    (4) Fax the signed SF 424 to the Application Control Center at 
(202) 245-6272.
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
other forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of e-Application System 
Unavailability: If an IHE is prevented from electronically submitting 
the application on the application deadline

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date because the e-Application system is unavailable, we will grant the 
IHE an extension of one business day in order to transmit the 
application electronically, by mail, or by hand delivery. We will grant 
this extension if--
    (1) The IHE is a registered user of e-Application and the IHE has 
initiated an electronic application for this competition; and
    (2)(a) The e-Application system is unavailable for 60 minutes or 
more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date; or
    (b) The e-Application system is unavailable for any period of time 
between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date.
    We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability 
before granting the IHE an extension. To request this extension or to 
confirm our acknowledgement of any system unavailability, an IHE may 
contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-
Grants help desk at 1-888-336-8930. If the system is down and therefore 
the application deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all 
registered users who have initiated an e-Application. Extensions 
referred to in this section apply only to the unavailability of the 
Department's e-Application system.
    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: An IHE may qualify 
for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may 
submit its application in paper format, if the IHE is unable to submit 
an application through the e-Application system because--
     The IHE or a student applicant does not have access to the 
Internet; or
     The IHE or a student applicant does not have the capacity 
to upload large documents to the Department's e-Application system;
     and
     No later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the 
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business 
day following the Federal holiday), the IHE mails or faxes a written 
statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an 
exception prevent the IHE from using the Internet to submit its 
application. If an IHE mails a written statement to the Department, it 
must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application 
deadline date. If an IHE faxes its written statement to the Department, 
we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the 
application deadline date.
    Address and mail or fax this statement to: Carla White, U.S. 
Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Suite 6000, Washington, DC 
20006-8521. FAX: (202) 502-7860.
    The IHE's paper application must be submitted in accordance with 
the mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, the IHE may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a 
commercial carrier) its application to the Department. The IHE must 
mail the original and two copies of the application, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the applicable 
following address:
    By mail through the U.S. Postal Service:

U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number 84.022A), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-
4260,

     or
    By mail through a commercial carrier:

U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center--Stop 4260, 
Attention: (CFDA Number 84.022A), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 
20785-1506.

    Regardless of which address the IHE uses, the IHE must show proof 
of mailing consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark,
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service,
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier, or
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If the IHE mails its application through the U.S. Postal Service, 
we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark, or
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If the IHE's application is postmarked after the application 
deadline date, we will not consider its application.


    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated 
postmark. Before relying on this method, the IHE should check with 
its local post office.


    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.
    If an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, the IHE (or a courier service) may deliver its paper 
application to the Department by hand. The IHE must deliver the 
original and two copies of the application, by hand, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number 84.022A), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center 
Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, 
Sundays, and Federal holidays.


    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If an IHE 
mails or hand delivers its application to the Department:
    (1) The IHE must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided 
by the Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number--and 
suffix letter, if any--of the competition under which the IHE is 
submitting its application.
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application 
receipt acknowledgment to the IHE. If the IHE does not receive the 
grant application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days 
from the application deadline date, the IHE should call the U.S. 
Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-
6288.

V. Application Review Information

    Student applications are divided into seven categories based on the 
world area focus of their research projects, as described in the 
absolute priority listed in this notice. Language and area studies 
experts in seven discrete world area-based panels will review the 
student applications. Each panel reviews, scores and ranks its 
applications separately from the applications assigned to the other 
world area panels. However, all applications will be ranked jointly 
from the highest to the lowest score for funding purposes.
    Selection Criteria: The following selection criteria for this 
competition are from 34 CFR 662.21: The maximum score for all of the 
criteria, including the competitive preference priority, is 105 points. 
The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in parentheses. 
Quality of proposed project (60 points): In determining the quality of 
the research project proposed by the applicant, the Secretary considers 
(1) The statement of the major hypotheses to be tested or questions to 
be examined, and the description and justification of the research 
methods to be used (10

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points); (2) The relationship of the research to the literature on the 
topic and to major theoretical issues in the field, and the project's 
originality and importance in terms of the concerns of the discipline 
(10 points); (3) The preliminary research already completed in the 
United States and overseas or plans for such research prior to going 
overseas, and the kinds, quality and availability of data for the 
research in the host country or countries (10 points); (4) The 
justification for overseas field research and preparations to establish 
appropriate and sufficient research contacts and affiliations abroad 
(10 points); (5) The applicant's plans to share the results of the 
research in progress and a copy of the dissertation with scholars and 
officials of the host country or countries (10 points); and (6) The 
guidance and supervision of the dissertation advisor or committee at 
all stages of the project, including guidance in developing the 
project, understanding research conditions abroad, and acquainting the 
applicant with research in the field (10 points).
    Qualifications of the applicant (40 points): In determining the 
qualifications of the applicant, the Secretary considers (1) The 
overall strength of the applicant's graduate academic record (10 
points); (2) The extent to which the applicant's academic record 
demonstrates a strength in area studies relevant to the proposed 
project (10 points); (3) The applicant's proficiency in one or more of 
the languages (other than English and the applicant's native language) 
of the country or countries of research, and the specific measures to 
be taken to overcome any anticipated language barriers (15 points); and 
(4) The applicant's ability to conduct research in a foreign cultural 
context, as evidenced by the applicant's references or previous 
overseas experience, or both (5 points).

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If a student application is successful, we notify 
the IHE's U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send the IHE a 
Grant Award Notification (GAN). We may also notify the IHE informally.
    If a student application is not evaluated or not selected for 
funding, we notify the IHE.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates its approved application as part of its binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: At the end of the project period, the IHE must submit 
a final performance report, including the final reports of all of the 
IHE's fellows, and financial information, as directed by the Secretary. 
The IHE and fellows are required to use the electronic reporting system 
Evaluation of Exchange, Language, International and Area Studies 
(EELIAS) to complete the final report.
    4. Performance Measures: The objective of the Fulbright-Hays 
Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program is to maintain 
a U.S. higher education system able to produce experts in less commonly 
taught languages and area studies who are capable of contributing to 
the needs of the U.S. government, academic, and business institutions.
    The following performance measure has been developed to evaluate 
the overall effectiveness of the DDRA program--The improvement of 
language proficiency of fellows. All grantees will be expected to 
provide documentation of the improved language proficiency of the 
fellows through the EELIAS system. Reporting screens for institutions 
and fellows may be viewed at: http://www.eelias.org/pdfs/ddra/
ddradirectorcombined.pdf, http://www.eelias.org/pdfs/ddra/
ddrafellowcombined.pdf.

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carla White, International Education 
Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., 
suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006-8521. Telephone: (202) 502-7700 or via 
the Internet: ddra@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the program contact person listed in this 
section.

VIII. Other Information

    Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as 
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. 
Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in 
the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.


    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/
nara/index.html.


    Dated: September 20, 2006.
James F. Manning,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
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