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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 169 / Friday, August 31, 2007 / Notices Range Complex. No decision will be made to implement any alternative until the EIS/OEIS process is completed and a Record of Decision is signed by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment). The Navy is initiating the scoping process to identify community concerns and local issues to be addressed in this EIS/OEIS. Federal agencies, state agencies, local agencies, and interested persons are encouraged to provide oral and/or written comments to the Navy to identify specific issues or topics of environmental concern that should be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. Written comments must be postmarked by November 5, 2007 and should be mailed to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, Post Office Box 30 (Building 135 North, Ajax Street), Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL 32212–0030, Attention: Mr. Bob Riley (Code OPC5), telephone: 904–542– 6125. 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E7–17338 Filed 8–30–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Fellowship Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.019A. Dates: Applications Available: August 31, 2007. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: October 30, 2007. Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The FulbrightHays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program offers opportunities to faculty of Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to engage in 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 663.21(d)). Absolute Priority: For FY 2008 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 geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 50336 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 169 / Friday, August 31, 2007 / Notices (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. We are particularly interested in applications that address the following competitive priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) and 34 CFR 663.21(d)(2) we award an additional five (5) points to an application that meets this priority. This priority is: A research project that utilizes one or more of the following critical languages: 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 663. 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. Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $1,395,000 for new awards for this program for FY 2008. 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: $20,000—$100,000. Estimated Average Size of Fellowship Awards: $60,000. Estimated Number of Fellowship Awards: 25. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: The institutional project period is 18 months beginning June 1, 2008. Faculty may request funding for 3–12 months. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: IHEs. As part of the application process, faculty submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then officially submits all eligible individual faculty applications with its grant application to the Department. VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:43 Aug 31, 2007 Jkt 211001 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 faculty applicants can obtain an application package via the Internet. To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following address: http://www.ed.gov/programs/ iegpsfra/applicant.html. IHEs and faculty applicants can also obtain a copy of the application package by contacting 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 by e-mail: amy.wilson@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, at 1–800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities can 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 you must submit, are in the application package for this program. Page Limit: The application narrative is where the faculty applicant addresses the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate the application. The faculty applicant must limit the application narrative to 10 pages and the bibliography to two (2) pages, using the following standards: • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ × 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, faculty 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). • 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. An application submitted in any other font (including Times PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted. The page limits only apply to the application narrative and bibliography. However, faculty applicants must include their complete responses to the selection criteria in the application narrative. We will reject a faculty applicant’s application if a faculty applicant applies these standards and exceeds the page limits. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: August 31, 2007. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: October 30, 2007. 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 August 31, 2007. 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. Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the application should contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the application process, the individual’s application remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice. 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 in 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. 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 E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 169 / Friday, August 31, 2007 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 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. a. Electronic Submission of Applications. Applications for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program –CFDA Number 84.019A 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. While completing the electronic application, both the IHE and the faculty applicant will be entering data online that will be saved into a database. Neither the IHE nor the faculty 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 Faculty 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 amy.wilson@ed.gov: Name of university and 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 August 29, 2007, in order to facilitate timely submission of their applications; (2) Faculty must complete their individual applications and submit them to their IHE’s project director using eApplication; (3) Persons providing references for individual faculty must complete and submit reference forms for the faculty 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 faculty applications, reference forms, and other required forms, using e-Application. Unless an IHE applicant qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:43 Aug 31, 2007 Jkt 211001 requirement in accordance with the procedures in this section, all portions of the application must be submitted electronically. • 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 faculty 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 7:00 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. • Faculty applicants will not receive additional point value because the faculty applicant submits his or her application in electronic format, nor will we penalize the IHE or faculty 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 electronically, including the Application for Federal Education Assistance (SF 424), the ED supplement to the SF 424, and all necessary assurances and certifications. Both IHEs and faculty 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 faculty applicant uploads a file type other than the three file types specified above or submits a password protected file, we will not review that material. • Both the IHE’s and the faculty 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 faculty applicant electronically submits his or her application to their IHE, the faculty member will receive an automatic acknowledgment. In addition, the applicant IHE’s Project Director will receive a copy of this acknowledgment by email. After a person submits a reference electronically, he/she will receive an online confirmation. After PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50337 the applicant IHE submits its application, including all eligible individual faculty 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 ED 424. (4) Fax the signed ED 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 its application on the application deadline date because the e-Application system is unavailable, we will grant the IHE an extension of one business day to enable the IHE to transmit its 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 E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 50338 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 169 / Friday, August 31, 2007 / Notices unavailability of the Department’s eApplication system. Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: An IHE qualifies 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 faculty applicant does not have access to the Internet; or • the IHE or a faculty 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 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: Amy Wilson, 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. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 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 84.019A), 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:43 Aug 31, 2007 Jkt 211001 84.019A), 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 84.019A), 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 4 of the ED 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. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the application should contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the application process, the individual’s application remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice. V. Application Review Information Faculty 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 faculty applications. Each panel reviews, scores and ranks its applications separately from the applications assigned to the other world area panels. However, all fellowship applications will be ranked together from the highest to lowest score for funding purposes. Selection Criteria: The following selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 663.21 and are as follows: 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 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 or plans for 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 with scholars and officials of the host country or countries and the American scholarly community (10 points); and (6) the objectives of the E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 169 / Friday, August 31, 2007 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 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 Notice (GAN). We may notify the IHE informally, also. 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 in this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section in 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 International Resource Information System (IRIS) to complete the final report. 4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), the following measure will be used by the Department in assessing VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:43 Aug 31, 2007 Jkt 211001 the performance of the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program: The average language competency score of Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad fellows at the end of their research period (post-test) minus the average language competency score at the beginning of their research period (pre-test). All grantees will be expected to provide documentation of the improved language proficiency of the fellows through IRIS. VII. Agency Contact VIII. Other Information Electronic Access to This Document: You can 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: August 28, 2007. Diane Auer Jones, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. E7–17362 Filed 8–30–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.021A. Dates: Applications Available: August 31, 2007. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: October 4, 2007. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: December 4, 2007. Full Text of Announcement 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 by e-mail: amy.wilson@ed.gov. If you use a TDD, call the FRS, tollfree, at 1–800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice. PO 00000 50339 Sfmt 4703 I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The FulbrightHays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for groups of teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects are short-term and include seminars, curriculum development, or group research or study. This competition also will support advanced overseas intensive language projects, which give advanced language students the opportunity to study languages overseas. Priorities: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(ii), these priorities are from the regulations for this program (34 CFR 664.31(g) and 664.32). Absolute Priority: For FY 2008, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: Specific geographic regions of the world: A group project funded under this priority must focus on one or more of the following geographic regions of the world: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Near East. Within this absolute priority, we give competitive preference to applications that address the following priorities. Competitive Preference Priority I: For FY 2008 this priority is a competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), and 664.31(g) we award an additional five (5) points to an application that meets this priority. This priority is: Applications that propose short-term projects abroad and advanced overseas intensive language programs in the countries in which the following critical languages are spoken: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, as well as E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; 
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Fellowship Program; Notice 
Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.019A.

    Dates:
    Applications Available: August 31, 2007. Deadline for Transmittal 
of Applications: October 30, 2007.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad 
Fellowship Program offers opportunities to faculty of Institutions of 
Higher Education (IHEs) to engage in 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 663.21(d)).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2008 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 
geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific 
Islands, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, 
and the Western Hemisphere

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(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. We are particularly interested in applications that address 
the following competitive priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) and 34 
CFR 663.21(d)(2) we award an additional five (5) points to an 
application that meets this priority.
    This priority is:
    A research project that utilizes one or more of the following 
critical languages: 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 663.

    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.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$1,395,000 for new awards for this program for FY 2008. 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: $20,000--$100,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Fellowship Awards: $60,000.
    Estimated Number of Fellowship Awards: 25.

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

    Project Period: The institutional project period is 18 months 
beginning June 1, 2008. Faculty may request funding for 3-12 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: IHEs. As part of the application process, 
faculty submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then 
officially submits all eligible individual faculty 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 faculty 
applicants can obtain an application package via the Internet. To 
obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following address: http://
www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsfra/applicant.html.
    IHEs and faculty applicants can also obtain a copy of the 
application package by contacting 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 by 
e-mail: amy.wilson@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the 
Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can 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 you 
must submit, are in the application package for this program.
    Page Limit: The application narrative is where the faculty 
applicant addresses the selection criteria that reviewers use to 
evaluate the application. The faculty applicant must limit the 
application narrative to 10 pages and the bibliography to 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, faculty 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).
     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. An application submitted in any other font 
(including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.
    The page limits only apply to the application narrative and 
bibliography. However, faculty applicants must include their complete 
responses to the selection criteria in the application narrative.
    We will reject a faculty applicant's application if a faculty 
applicant applies these standards and exceeds the page limits.
    3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: August 31, 
2007. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: October 30, 2007.
    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 
August 31, 2007. 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.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application should contact the 
person listed under For Further Information Contact in section VII in 
this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary 
aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
application process, the individual's application remains subject to 
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
    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 in 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.
    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 
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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.
a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    Applications for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research 
Abroad Fellowship Program -CFDA Number 84.019A 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.
    While completing the electronic application, both the IHE and the 
faculty applicant will be entering data online that will be saved into 
a database. Neither the IHE nor the faculty 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 Faculty 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 amy.wilson@ed.gov: Name 
of university and 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 August 
29, 2007, in order to facilitate timely submission of their 
applications; (2) Faculty must complete their individual applications 
and submit them to their IHE's project director using e-Application; 
(3) Persons providing references for individual faculty must complete 
and submit reference forms for the faculty 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 faculty applications, reference forms, 
and other required forms, using e-Application. Unless an IHE applicant 
qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement in 
accordance with the procedures in this section, all portions of the 
application must be submitted electronically.
     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 faculty 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 7:00 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.
     Faculty applicants will not receive additional point value 
because the faculty applicant submits his or her application in 
electronic format, nor will we penalize the IHE or faculty 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 electronically, including 
the Application for Federal Education Assistance (SF 424), the ED 
supplement to the SF 424, and all necessary assurances and 
certifications. Both IHEs and faculty 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 
faculty applicant uploads a file type other than the three file types 
specified above or submits a password protected file, we will not 
review that material.
     Both the IHE's and the faculty 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 faculty applicant electronically 
submits his or her application to their IHE, the faculty member will 
receive an automatic acknowledgment. In addition, the applicant IHE's 
Project Director will receive a copy of this acknowledgment by email. 
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 faculty 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 ED 424.
    (4) Fax the signed ED 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 
its application on the application deadline date because the e-
Application system is unavailable, we will grant the IHE an extension 
of one business day to enable the IHE to transmit its 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

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unavailability of the Department's e-Application system.
    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: An IHE qualifies 
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 faculty applicant does not have access to the 
Internet; or
     the IHE or a faculty 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: Amy Wilson, 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 84.019A), 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 
84.019A), 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 84.019A), 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 4 of the ED 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.

    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application should contact the 
person listed under For Further Information Contact in section VII in 
this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary 
aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
application process, the individual's application remains subject to 
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.

V. Application Review Information

    Faculty 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 
faculty applications. Each panel reviews, scores and ranks its 
applications separately from the applications assigned to the other 
world area panels. However, all fellowship applications will be ranked 
together from the highest to lowest score for funding purposes.
    Selection Criteria: The following selection criteria for this 
competition are from 34 CFR 663.21 and are as follows: 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 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 or plans for 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 with scholars and officials of the host country or 
countries and the American scholarly community (10 points); and (6) the 
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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 Notice (GAN). We may notify the IHE informally, also.
    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 in this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section in 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 
International Resource Information System (IRIS) to complete the final 
report.
    4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act (GPRA), the following measure will be used by the 
Department in assessing the performance of the Fulbright-Hays Faculty 
Research Abroad Fellowship Program:
    The average language competency score of Fulbright-Hays Faculty 
Research Abroad fellows at the end of their research period (post-test) 
minus the average language competency score at the beginning of their 
research period (pre-test). All grantees will be expected to provide 
documentation of the improved language proficiency of the fellows 
through IRIS.

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 by e-mail: amy.wilson@ed.gov.
    If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll-free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy 
of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, 
large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program 
contact person under For Further Information Contact in section VII in 
this notice.

VIII. Other Information

    Electronic Access to This Document: You can 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/.


    Dated: August 28, 2007.
Diane Auer Jones,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
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