Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities-Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children With Disabilities; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008, 69672-69677 [E7-23878]

Download as PDF 69672 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 236 / Monday, December 10, 2007 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities—Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children With Disabilities; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.327A. Note: This notice includes one absolute priority with two phases, and funding information for each phase of the competition. Dates: Applications Available: December 10, 2007. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: See the chart in the Award Information section of this notice (Chart). Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: See Chart. Full Text of Announcement rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program is to: (1) Improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology, (2) support educational media services activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with disabilities, and (3) provide support for captioning and video description that are appropriate for use in the classroom setting. Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(v), this priority is from allowable activities specified in the statute, or otherwise authorized in the statute (see sections 674 and 681(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)). Absolute Priority: For FY 2008 and any subsequent year in which we make awards based on the list of unfunded applications from this competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities— Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities Background The Department has made Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:35 Dec 07, 2007 Jkt 214001 Disabilities awards for several years under the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program. Starting in FY 2005, awards were limited to two phases, Development and Research on Effectiveness. Abstracts of projects funded under these two phases can be found at http://www.nichcy.org/ fxsp0;directories/ fxsp0;3_volumefxsp0;2006.pdf (see projects funded under CFDA 84.327A with Beginning Dates of September 1, 2005 or later). Priority: The Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities absolute priority requires grantees to implement and evaluate innovative technology approaches designed to improve results for children with disabilities. Phase 1 projects must develop, refine, and test the feasibility of technology-based approaches. Phase 2 projects must subject technologybased approaches to rigorous field-based research to determine their effectiveness. To be considered for funding under the Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities absolute priority, applicants must meet the application requirements contained in the priority. All projects funded under the absolute priority also must meet the programmatic and administrative requirements specified in the priority. The application, programmatic, and administrative requirements are as follows: (a) In the application, an applicant must— (1) Describe a technology-based approach for improving the results of early intervention, response-tointervention assessment techniques, or preschool, elementary school, middle school, or high school education for children with disabilities. The technology-based approach must be an innovative combination of new technology and additional materials and methodologies that enable the technology to improve early intervention, assessment, or educational results for children with disabilities; (2) Present a justification, based on scientifically rigorous research or theory, that supports the potential effectiveness of the technology-based approach described pursuant to paragraph (a)(1) of this priority for improving the results of early intervention, response-to-intervention assessment techniques, or preschool, elementary school, middle school, or high school education for children with disabilities. Results studied under this priority must focus on child outcomes, PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 rather than on parent or professional outcomes. Child outcomes may include improved academic or pre-academic skills, improved behavioral or social functioning, and improved functional performance, provided that valid and reliable measurement instruments are employed to assess the outcomes. Technology-based approaches intended for use by professionals or parents are not appropriate for funding under this priority unless child-level benefits are clearly demonstrated. Technology-based approaches for professional development will not be funded under this priority; (3) Provide a detailed plan for conducting work in one of the following two phases: (i) Phase 1—Development: Projects funded under Phase 1 must develop and refine a technology-based approach, and test its feasibility for use with children with disabilities. Activities under Phase 1 of the priority may include development, adaptation, and refinement of technology, materials, or methodologies. Activities under Phase 1 of the priority must include formative evaluation of the technology-based approach’s usability and feasibility for use with children with disabilities. Each project funded under Phase 1 must be designed to develop, as its primary product, a promising technology-based approach that is suitable for field-based evaluation of effectiveness in improving results for children with disabilities. (ii) Phase 2—Research on Effectiveness: Projects funded under Phase 2 must select a promising technology-based approach that has been developed and tested in a manner consistent with the criteria for activities funded under Phase 1, and subject the approach to rigorous field-based research to determine effectiveness in educational or early intervention settings. Approaches studied through projects funded under Phase 2 may have been developed with previous funding under Phase 1 of this priority or with funding from other sources. Phase 2 of this priority is primarily intended to produce sound research-based evidence that demonstrates that the technologybased approach can improve educational or early intervention results for children with disabilities in a defined range of real world contexts. Projects funded under Phase 2 of this priority must conduct research that poses a causal question and must employ randomized assignment to treatment and comparison conditions, unless a strong justification is made for why a randomized trial is not possible. If a randomized trial is not possible, the applicant must employ alternatives that E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 236 / Monday, December 10, 2007 / Notices substantially minimize selection bias or allow it to be modeled. These alternatives include appropriately structured regression-discontinuity designs and natural experiments in which naturally occurring circumstances or institutions (perhaps unintentionally) divide people into treatment and comparison groups in a manner akin to purposeful random assignment. In their applications, applicants proposing to use an alternative system must (1) make a compelling case that randomization is not possible, and (2) describe in detail how the procedures will result in substantially minimizing the effects of selection bias on estimates of effect size. Choice of randomizing unit or units (e.g., students, classrooms, schools) must be grounded in a theoretical framework. Observational, survey, or qualitative methodologies may complement experimental methodologies to assist in the identification of factors that may explain the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the technology-based approach being evaluated. Applications must provide research designs that permit the identification and assessment of factors that may have an impact on the fidelity of implementation. Mediating and moderating variables that are both measured in the practice or model condition and are likely to affect outcomes in the comparison condition must be measured in the comparison condition (e.g., student time-on-task, teacher experience, and time in position). Projects funded under Phase 2 of this priority must conduct comprehensive research in order to provide convincing evidence of the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the technology-based approach under study, at least within a defined range of settings. Applicants must provide documentation that available sample sizes, methodologies, and treatment effects are likely to result in conclusive findings regarding the effectiveness of the technology-based approach; (4) Provide a plan for forming collaborative relationships with vendors, other dissemination or marketing resources, or both to ensure that the technology-based approach can become widely available if sufficient evidence of effectiveness has been obtained. Applicants should document the availability and participation of dissemination or marketing resources. Applicants are encouraged to plan these collaborative relationships early in their projects, even in Phase 1 (if applicable), but should refrain from widespread dissemination of the technology-based VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:35 Dec 07, 2007 Jkt 214001 approach to practitioners until evidence of its effectiveness has been obtained; and (5) Budget for the project director to attend an annual three-day Project Directors’ meeting in Washington, DC, and another annual two-day trip to Washington, DC to collaborate with the Federal project officer and the other projects funded under this priority to share information, and to discuss findings and methods of dissemination. (b) The project also must conduct the following activities: (1) If the project maintains a Web site, include relevant information and documents in a format that meets a government or industry-recognized standard for accessibility. (2) If the project produces instructional materials for dissemination, produce them in accessible formats, including complying with the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) for textual materials. Within this absolute priority, we are particularly interested in applications that address the following invitational priorities. Invitational Priorities: Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets one of these invitational priorities a competitive or absolute preference over other applications. These priorities are: (1) Projects led by a project director or principal investigator who is in the initial phase of his or her career. For purposes of this invitational priority, the initial phase of an individual’s career is considered to be the first three years after the individual completes and graduates from a doctoral program (i.e., for FY 2008 awards, projects may support individuals who completed and graduated from a doctoral program no earlier than the 2004–2005 academic year). To qualify for this invitational priority, the applicant must explicitly state and document, in its application, that the project director or principal investigator is in the initial phase of his or her career. At least 50 percent of that individual’s time must be devoted to the project. (2) Projects focusing on technologybased approaches for children with disabilities, ages birth to age three. (3) Projects focusing on technologybased approaches to response-tointervention assessment techniques. Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: Under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553), the Department generally offers interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposed priorities and requirements. Section PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69673 681(d) of IDEA, however, makes the public comment requirements of the APA inapplicable to the priority in this notice. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1474 and 1481. Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants except federally recognized Indian tribes. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of higher education (IHEs) only. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants. Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $25,063,000 for the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program for FY 2008, of which we intend to use an estimated $3,000,000 for the Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities competition. Please refer to the ‘‘Estimated Range of Awards’’ column in the Chart for the estimated dollar amounts for individual competitions. 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. Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2009 from the lists of unfunded applicants from the competition. Estimated Range of Awards: See Chart. Estimated Average Size of Awards: See Chart. Maximum Award: Phase 1: $200,000, per year and Phase 2: $300,000, per year. We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding the maximum award for a single budget period of 12 months. The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal Register. Estimated Number of Awards: See Chart. Project Period: Projects funded under Phase 1 will be funded for up to 24 months. Projects funded under Phase 2 will be funded for up to 24 months unless a compelling rationale is provided for funding up to 36 months. E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 69674 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 236 / Monday, December 10, 2007 / Notices STEPPINGSTONES OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES APPLICATION NOTICE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008 Deadline for transmittal of applications Deadline for intergovernmental review January 9, 2008 .... March 10, 2008 ..... $1,800,000 January 9, 2008 .... March 10, 2008 ..... $1,200,000 CFDA No. and name 84.327A—Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities: Phase 1—Development ............. Phase 2—Research on Effectiveness. Estimated available funds Estimated range of awards $100,000– $200,000 $200,000– $300,000 Estimated average size of awards Estimated number of awards $200,000 9 $300,000 4 Note: The Department of Education is not bound by any estimates in this notice. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies (SEAs); local educational agencies (LEAs); public charter schools that are LEAs under State law; IHEs; other public agencies; private nonprofit organizations; outlying areas; freely associated States; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and forprofit organizations. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require cost sharing or matching. 3. Other: General Requirements—(a) The projects funded under this competition must make positive efforts to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities (see section 606 of IDEA). (b) Applicants and grant recipients funded under this competition must involve individuals with disabilities or parents of individuals with disabilities ages birth through 26 in planning, implementing, and evaluating the projects (see section 682(a)(1)(A) of IDEA). rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794–1398. Telephone, toll free: 1– 877–433–7827. FAX: (301) 470–1244. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call, toll free: 1–877– 576–7734. You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/ edpubs.html or at its e-mail address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov. If you request an application package from ED Pubs, be sure to identify the competition to which you want to apply, as follows: CFDA Number 84.327A. 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 person or VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:35 Dec 07, 2007 Jkt 214001 team listed under Alternate Format in section VIII of this notice. 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 competition. Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit Part III to the equivalent of no more than 50 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, including titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs. • Use a font that is either 12 point or larger, or no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part IV, the assurances and certifications; the one-page abstract, the ´ ´ resumes, the bibliography, the references, or the letters of support. The page limit, however, does apply to the application narrative in Part III. We will reject your application if you exceed the page limit; or if you use other standards and exceed the equivalent of the page limit. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: December 10, 2008. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: See Chart. Applications for grants under this program may be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov), or in paper format by mail or hand delivery. For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery, 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 process 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. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: See Chart. 4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 12372 is in the application package for this competition. 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 may be submitted electronically or in paper format by mail or hand delivery. a. Electronic Submission of Applications. To comply with the President’s Management Agenda, we are participating as a partner in the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site. The Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities competition, CFDA Number 84.327A, is included in this project. We request your participation in Grants.gov. If you choose to submit your application electronically, you must use E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 236 / Monday, December 10, 2007 / Notices the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at http://www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us. You may access the electronic grant application for the Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities competition—CFDA Numbers 84.327A at http:// www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this program by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.327, not 84.327A). Please note the following: • Your participation in Grants.gov is voluntary. • When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation. • Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as otherwise noted in this section, we will not consider your application if it is date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. When we retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application because it was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. • The amount of time it can take to upload an application will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov. • You should review and follow the Education Submission Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are included in the application package for this competition to ensure that you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures pertaining to Grants.gov at http://e-Grants.ed.gov/ help/Grantsgov SubmissionProcedures.fxsp0;pdf. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:35 Dec 07, 2007 Jkt 214001 • To submit your application via Grants.gov, you must complete all steps in the Grants.gov registration process (see http://www.grants.gov/applicants/ get_registered.jsp). These steps include (1) registering your organization, a multi-part process that includes registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR); (2) registering yourself as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR); and (3) getting authorized as an AOR by your organization. Details on these steps are outlined in the Grants.gov 3-Step Registration Guide (see http:// www.grants.gov/section910/Grants.gov RegistrationBrochure.pdf). You also must provide on your application the same D–U–N–S Number used with this registration. Please note that the registration process may take five or more business days to complete, and you must have completed all registration steps to allow you to submit successfully an application via Grants.gov. In addition you will need to update your CCR registration on an annual basis. This may take three or more business days to complete. • You will not receive additional point value because you submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you submit your application in paper format. • If you submit your application electronically, you must submit all documents electronically, including all information you typically provide on the following forms: Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications. Please note that two of these forms—the SF 424 and the Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424— have replaced the ED 424 (Application for Federal Education Assistance). • If you submit your application electronically, you must attach any narrative sections of your application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable Document) format. If you upload a file type other than the three file types specified in this paragraph or submit a passwordprotected file, we will not review that material. • Your electronic application must comply with any page-limit requirements described in this notice. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates receipt by Grants.gov only, not PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69675 receipt by the Department.) The Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send a second notification to you by e-mail. This second notification indicates that the Department has received your application and has assigned your application a PR/Award number (an EDspecified identifying number unique to your application). • We may request that you provide us original signatures on forms at a later date. Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov Support Desk, toll free, at 1–800–518–4726. You must obtain a Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it. If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because of technical problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension until 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing instructions described elsewhere in this notice. If you submit an application after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. We will accept your application if we can confirm that a technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The Department will contact you after a determination is made on whether your application will be accepted. Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system. b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If you submit your application in paper format by mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier), E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 69676 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 236 / Monday, December 10, 2007 / Notices you must mail the original and two copies of your 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 84.327A), 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 84.327A), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785–1506. Regardless of which address you use, you 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. (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing: (1) A private metered postmark. (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service. If your application is postmarked after the application deadline date, we will not consider your application. rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your local post office. c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery. If you submit your application in paper format by hand delivery, you (or a courier service) must deliver the original and two copies of your 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 84.327A), 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 you mail or hand deliver your application to the Department— (1) You must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—in VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:35 Dec 07, 2007 Jkt 214001 Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are submitting your application; and (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not receive this notification within 15 business days from the application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245– 6288. V. Application Review Information 1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are from 34 CFR 75.210 and are listed in the application package. 2. Peer Review: In the past, the Department has had difficulty finding peer reviewers for certain competitions, because so many individuals who are eligible to serve as peer reviewers have conflicts of interest. The Standing Panel requirements under IDEA also have placed additional constraints on the availability of reviewers. Therefore, the Department has determined that, for some discretionary grant competitions, applications may be separated into two or more groups and ranked and selected for funding within specific group. This procedure will make it easier for the Department to find peer reviewers, by ensuring that greater numbers of individuals who are eligible to serve as reviewers for any particular group of applicants will not have conflicts of interest. It also will increase the quality, independence, and fairness of the review process while permitting panel members to review applications under discretionary grant competitions for which they also have submitted applications. However, if the Department decides to select an equal number of applications in each group for funding, this may result in different cut-off points for fundable applications in each group. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award Notice (GAN). We may notify you informally, also. If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify you. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also incorporates your approved application as part of your binding commitments under the grant. 3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information, as directed by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, please go to http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/ appforms/appforms.html. 4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), the Department has established a set of performance measures, including long-term measures, that are designed to yield information on various aspects of the effectiveness and quality of the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program. These measures focus on the extent to which projects are of high quality, are relevant to the needs of children with disabilities, and contribute to improving results for children with disabilities. We will collect data on these measures from the projects funded under this competition. Grantees also will be required to report information on their projects’ performance in annual reports to the Department (34 CFR 75.590). VII. Agency Contact Tom V. Hanley, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4066, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 20202–2550. Telephone: (202) 245–7369. If you use a TDD, call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, at 1–800– 877–8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VIII. Other Information Alternative Format: 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) by contacting the Grants and Contracts Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 5075, PCP, Washington, DC 20202–2550. Telephone: (202) 245– 7363. If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1–800–877–8339. Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as well as E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 236 / Monday, December 10, 2007 / Notices 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: December 4, 2007. Raymond Simon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. [FR Doc. E7–23878 Filed 12–7–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities (CFDA No. 84.325D) rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES ACTION: Jkt 214001 Dated: December 4, 2007. Raymond Simon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. [FR Doc. E7–23888 Filed 12–7–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P National Mathematics Advisory Panel U.S. Department of Education, National Mathematics Advisory Panel. ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: On November 27, 2007, we published in the Federal Register (72 FR 66143) a notice inviting applications for new awards for FY 2008 under certain Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities competitions authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In the chart on page 66150, ninth column, the ‘‘Project Period’’ for the 84.325D Preparation of Leadership Personnel competition is incorrectly listed as ‘‘up to 60 months’’. The project period for this competition is corrected to read ‘‘up to 48 months’’. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Debra Sturdivant, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4104, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–2600. Telephone: (202) 245–7539. 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 can obtain this document in an alternative 15:35 Dec 07, 2007 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. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Department of Education. Correction; notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2008. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. 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Due to scheduling difficulties, this notice is appearing in the Federal Register less than 15 days prior to the meeting date. DATES: Friday, December 14, 2007, and Saturday, December 15, 2007. Times: Friday, December 14, 2007, 3– 6:30 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2007, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. ADDRESSES: Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Baltimore, MD 21240. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tyrrell Flawn, Executive Director, National Mathematics Advisory Panel, PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69677 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202; telephone: (202) 260–8354. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Panel was established by Executive Order 13398. The purpose of this Panel is to foster greater knowledge of and improved performance in mathematics among American students, in order to keep America competitive, support American talent and creativity, encourage innovation throughout the American economy, and help State, local, territorial, and tribal governments give the nation’s children and youth the education they need to succeed. The meeting will be held at the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport Marriott in Baltimore, MD, on Friday, December 14, 2007, and Saturday, December 15, 2007. From 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2007, and again from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2007, the Panel will discuss the Final Report draft. Individuals interested in attending the meeting are advised to register in advance to ensure space availability. Please contact Jennifer Graban at Jennifer.Graban@ed.gov by Wednesday, December 12, 2007. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview 
Information; Technology and Media Services for Individuals With 
Disabilities--Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children With 
Disabilities; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal 
Year (FY) 2008

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.327A.

    Note: This notice includes one absolute priority with two 
phases, and funding information for each phase of the competition.

    Dates:
    Applications Available: December 10, 2007.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: See the chart in the 
Award Information section of this notice (Chart).
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: See Chart.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technology and Media 
Services for Individuals with Disabilities program is to: (1) Improve 
results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, 
demonstration, and use of technology, (2) support educational media 
services activities designed to be of educational value in the 
classroom setting to children with disabilities, and (3) provide 
support for captioning and video description that are appropriate for 
use in the classroom setting.
    Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(v), this priority 
is from allowable activities specified in the statute, or otherwise 
authorized in the statute (see sections 674 and 681(d) of the 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2008 and any subsequent year in which we 
make awards based on the list of unfunded applications from this 
competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority.
    This priority is:

Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities--
Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities

Background

    The Department has made Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for 
Children with Disabilities awards for several years under the 
Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities 
program. Starting in FY 2005, awards were limited to two phases, 
Development and Research on Effectiveness. Abstracts of projects funded 
under these two phases can be found at http://www.nichcy.org/fxsp0;directories/fxsp0;3--volumefxsp0;2006.pdf (see projects funded 
under CFDA 84.327A with Beginning Dates of September 1, 2005 or later).
    Priority:
    The Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with 
Disabilities absolute priority requires grantees to implement and 
evaluate innovative technology approaches designed to improve results 
for children with disabilities. Phase 1 projects must develop, refine, 
and test the feasibility of technology-based approaches. Phase 2 
projects must subject technology-based approaches to rigorous field-
based research to determine their effectiveness.
    To be considered for funding under the Steppingstones of Technology 
Innovation for Children with Disabilities absolute priority, applicants 
must meet the application requirements contained in the priority. All 
projects funded under the absolute priority also must meet the 
programmatic and administrative requirements specified in the priority. 
The application, programmatic, and administrative requirements are as 
follows:
    (a) In the application, an applicant must--
    (1) Describe a technology-based approach for improving the results 
of early intervention, response-to-intervention assessment techniques, 
or preschool, elementary school, middle school, or high school 
education for children with disabilities. The technology-based approach 
must be an innovative combination of new technology and additional 
materials and methodologies that enable the technology to improve early 
intervention, assessment, or educational results for children with 
disabilities;
    (2) Present a justification, based on scientifically rigorous 
research or theory, that supports the potential effectiveness of the 
technology-based approach described pursuant to paragraph (a)(1) of 
this priority for improving the results of early intervention, 
response-to-intervention assessment techniques, or preschool, 
elementary school, middle school, or high school education for children 
with disabilities. Results studied under this priority must focus on 
child outcomes, rather than on parent or professional outcomes. Child 
outcomes may include improved academic or pre-academic skills, improved 
behavioral or social functioning, and improved functional performance, 
provided that valid and reliable measurement instruments are employed 
to assess the outcomes. Technology-based approaches intended for use by 
professionals or parents are not appropriate for funding under this 
priority unless child-level benefits are clearly demonstrated. 
Technology-based approaches for professional development will not be 
funded under this priority;
    (3) Provide a detailed plan for conducting work in one of the 
following two phases:
    (i) Phase 1--Development: Projects funded under Phase 1 must 
develop and refine a technology-based approach, and test its 
feasibility for use with children with disabilities. Activities under 
Phase 1 of the priority may include development, adaptation, and 
refinement of technology, materials, or methodologies. Activities under 
Phase 1 of the priority must include formative evaluation of the 
technology-based approach's usability and feasibility for use with 
children with disabilities. Each project funded under Phase 1 must be 
designed to develop, as its primary product, a promising technology-
based approach that is suitable for field-based evaluation of 
effectiveness in improving results for children with disabilities.
    (ii) Phase 2--Research on Effectiveness: Projects funded under 
Phase 2 must select a promising technology-based approach that has been 
developed and tested in a manner consistent with the criteria for 
activities funded under Phase 1, and subject the approach to rigorous 
field-based research to determine effectiveness in educational or early 
intervention settings. Approaches studied through projects funded under 
Phase 2 may have been developed with previous funding under Phase 1 of 
this priority or with funding from other sources. Phase 2 of this 
priority is primarily intended to produce sound research-based evidence 
that demonstrates that the technology-based approach can improve 
educational or early intervention results for children with 
disabilities in a defined range of real world contexts.
    Projects funded under Phase 2 of this priority must conduct 
research that poses a causal question and must employ randomized 
assignment to treatment and comparison conditions, unless a strong 
justification is made for why a randomized trial is not possible. If a 
randomized trial is not possible, the applicant must employ 
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substantially minimize selection bias or allow it to be modeled. These 
alternatives include appropriately structured regression-discontinuity 
designs and natural experiments in which naturally occurring 
circumstances or institutions (perhaps unintentionally) divide people 
into treatment and comparison groups in a manner akin to purposeful 
random assignment. In their applications, applicants proposing to use 
an alternative system must (1) make a compelling case that 
randomization is not possible, and (2) describe in detail how the 
procedures will result in substantially minimizing the effects of 
selection bias on estimates of effect size. Choice of randomizing unit 
or units (e.g., students, classrooms, schools) must be grounded in a 
theoretical framework. Observational, survey, or qualitative 
methodologies may complement experimental methodologies to assist in 
the identification of factors that may explain the effectiveness or 
ineffectiveness of the technology-based approach being evaluated. 
Applications must provide research designs that permit the 
identification and assessment of factors that may have an impact on the 
fidelity of implementation. Mediating and moderating variables that are 
both measured in the practice or model condition and are likely to 
affect outcomes in the comparison condition must be measured in the 
comparison condition (e.g., student time-on-task, teacher experience, 
and time in position).
    Projects funded under Phase 2 of this priority must conduct 
comprehensive research in order to provide convincing evidence of the 
effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the technology-based approach under 
study, at least within a defined range of settings. Applicants must 
provide documentation that available sample sizes, methodologies, and 
treatment effects are likely to result in conclusive findings regarding 
the effectiveness of the technology-based approach;
    (4) Provide a plan for forming collaborative relationships with 
vendors, other dissemination or marketing resources, or both to ensure 
that the technology-based approach can become widely available if 
sufficient evidence of effectiveness has been obtained. Applicants 
should document the availability and participation of dissemination or 
marketing resources. Applicants are encouraged to plan these 
collaborative relationships early in their projects, even in Phase 1 
(if applicable), but should refrain from widespread dissemination of 
the technology-based approach to practitioners until evidence of its 
effectiveness has been obtained; and
    (5) Budget for the project director to attend an annual three-day 
Project Directors' meeting in Washington, DC, and another annual two-
day trip to Washington, DC to collaborate with the Federal project 
officer and the other projects funded under this priority to share 
information, and to discuss findings and methods of dissemination.
    (b) The project also must conduct the following activities:
    (1) If the project maintains a Web site, include relevant 
information and documents in a format that meets a government or 
industry-recognized standard for accessibility.
    (2) If the project produces instructional materials for 
dissemination, produce them in accessible formats, including complying 
with the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard 
(NIMAS) for textual materials.
    Within this absolute priority, we are particularly interested in 
applications that address the following invitational priorities.
    Invitational Priorities: Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give 
an application that meets one of these invitational priorities a 
competitive or absolute preference over other applications.
    These priorities are:
    (1) Projects led by a project director or principal investigator 
who is in the initial phase of his or her career. For purposes of this 
invitational priority, the initial phase of an individual's career is 
considered to be the first three years after the individual completes 
and graduates from a doctoral program (i.e., for FY 2008 awards, 
projects may support individuals who completed and graduated from a 
doctoral program no earlier than the 2004-2005 academic year). To 
qualify for this invitational priority, the applicant must explicitly 
state and document, in its application, that the project director or 
principal investigator is in the initial phase of his or her career. At 
least 50 percent of that individual's time must be devoted to the 
project.
    (2) Projects focusing on technology-based approaches for children 
with disabilities, ages birth to age three.
    (3) Projects focusing on technology-based approaches to response-
to-intervention assessment techniques.
    Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: Under the Administrative Procedure 
Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553), the Department generally offers interested 
parties the opportunity to comment on proposed priorities and 
requirements. Section 681(d) of IDEA, however, makes the public comment 
requirements of the APA inapplicable to the priority in this notice.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1474 and 1481.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian tribes.


    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of 
higher education (IHEs) only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$25,063,000 for the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with 
Disabilities program for FY 2008, of which we intend to use an 
estimated $3,000,000 for the Steppingstones of Technology Innovation 
for Children with Disabilities competition. Please refer to the 
``Estimated Range of Awards'' column in the Chart for the estimated 
dollar amounts for individual competitions. 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. Contingent 
upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may 
make additional awards in FY 2009 from the lists of unfunded applicants 
from the competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: See Chart.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: See Chart.
    Maximum Award: Phase 1: $200,000, per year and Phase 2: $300,000, 
per year. We will reject any application that proposes a budget 
exceeding the maximum award for a single budget period of 12 months. 
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative 
Services may change the maximum amount through a notice published in 
the Federal Register.
    Estimated Number of Awards: See Chart.
    Project Period: Projects funded under Phase 1 will be funded for up 
to 24 months. Projects funded under Phase 2 will be funded for up to 24 
months unless a compelling rationale is provided for funding up to 36 
months.

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                     Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children With Disabilities Application Notice for Fiscal Year 2008
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                                                                                                    Estimated     Estimated     Estimated     Estimated
         CFDA No. and name           Deadline for transmittal of            Deadline for            available     range of    average size    number of
                                             applications             intergovernmental review        funds        awards       of awards      awards
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84.327A--Steppingstones of
 Technology Innovation for
 Children with Disabilities:
    Phase 1--Development..........  January 9, 2008..............  March 10, 2008...............    $1,800,000  $100,000-$20      $200,000             9
                                                                                                                       0,000
    Phase 2--Research on            January 9, 2008..............  March 10, 2008...............    $1,200,000  $200,000-$30      $300,000            4
     Effectiveness.                                                                                                    0,000
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Note: The Department of Education is not bound by any estimates in this notice.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies (SEAs); local 
educational agencies (LEAs); public charter schools that are LEAs under 
State law; IHEs; other public agencies; private nonprofit 
organizations; outlying areas; freely associated States; Indian tribes 
or tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require cost 
sharing or matching.
    3. Other: General Requirements--(a) The projects funded under this 
competition must make positive efforts to employ and advance in 
employment qualified individuals with disabilities (see section 606 of 
IDEA).
    (b) Applicants and grant recipients funded under this competition 
must involve individuals with disabilities or parents of individuals 
with disabilities ages birth through 26 in planning, implementing, and 
evaluating the projects (see section 682(a)(1)(A) of IDEA).

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: Education Publications 
Center (ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone, toll 
free: 1-877-433-7827. FAX: (301) 470-1244. If you use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call, toll free: 1-877-
576-7734.
    You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html or at its e-mail address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov.
    If you request an application package from ED Pubs, be sure to 
identify the competition to which you want to apply, as follows: CFDA 
Number 84.327A.
    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 person or team 
listed under Alternate Format in section VIII of this notice.
    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 competition.
    Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) 
is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that 
reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit Part III to 
the equivalent of no more than 50 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, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in 
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
     Use a font that is either 12 point or larger, or no 
smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
    The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, 
the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part 
IV, the assurances and certifications; the one-page abstract, the 
r[eacute]sum[eacute]s, the bibliography, the references, or the letters 
of support. The page limit, however, does apply to the application 
narrative in Part III.
    We will reject your application if you exceed the page limit; or if 
you use other standards and exceed the equivalent of the page limit.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: December 10, 2008.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: See Chart.
    Applications for grants under this program may be submitted 
electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov), or in 
paper format by mail or hand delivery. For information (including dates 
and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or in 
paper format by mail or hand delivery, 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 process 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.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: See Chart.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about 
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 
12372 is in the application package for this competition.
    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 may be submitted electronically or in paper format by mail 
or hand delivery.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    To comply with the President's Management Agenda, we are 
participating as a partner in the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site. 
The Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with 
Disabilities competition, CFDA Number 84.327A, is included in this 
project. We request your participation in Grants.gov.
    If you choose to submit your application electronically, you must 
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the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at http://www.Grants.gov. 
Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the 
application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit 
your application. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant 
application to us.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the 
Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities 
competition--CFDA Numbers 84.327A at http://www.Grants.gov. You must 
search for the downloadable application package for this program by the 
CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your 
search (e.g., search for 84.327, not 84.327A).
    Please note the following:
     Your participation in Grants.gov is voluntary.
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site, as well as the hours of operation.
     Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time 
stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must 
be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as 
otherwise noted in this section, we will not consider your application 
if it is date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system later than 4:30 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. When we 
retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are 
rejecting your application because it was date and time stamped by the 
Grants.gov system after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date.
     The amount of time it can take to upload an application 
will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the 
application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we 
strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline 
date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov.
     You should review and follow the Education Submission 
Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are 
included in the application package for this competition to ensure that 
you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov 
system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures 
pertaining to Grants.gov at http://e-Grants.ed.gov/ help/
GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.fxsp0;pdf.
     To submit your application via Grants.gov, you must 
complete all steps in the Grants.gov registration process (see http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp). These steps include (1) 
registering your organization, a multi-part process that includes 
registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR); (2) 
registering yourself as an Authorized Organization Representative 
(AOR); and (3) getting authorized as an AOR by your organization. 
Details on these steps are outlined in the Grants.gov 3-Step 
Registration Guide (see http://www.grants.gov/section910/Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.pdf). You also must provide on your 
application the same D-U-N-S Number used with this registration. Please 
note that the registration process may take five or more business days 
to complete, and you must have completed all registration steps to 
allow you to submit successfully an application via Grants.gov. In 
addition you will need to update your CCR registration on an annual 
basis. This may take three or more business days to complete.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you 
if you submit your application in paper format.
     If you submit your application electronically, you must 
submit all documents electronically, including all information you 
typically provide on the following forms: Application for Federal 
Assistance (SF 424), the Department of Education Supplemental 
Information for SF 424, Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs 
(ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications. Please note 
that two of these forms--the SF 424 and the Department of Education 
Supplemental Information for SF 424--have replaced the ED 424 
(Application for Federal Education Assistance).
     If you submit your application electronically, you must 
attach any narrative sections of your application as files in a .DOC 
(document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable Document) format. If 
you upload a file type other than the three file types specified in 
this paragraph or submit a password-protected file, we will not review 
that material.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page-
limit requirements described in this notice.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates 
receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The 
Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send 
a second notification to you by e-mail. This second notification 
indicates that the Department has received your application and has 
assigned your application a PR/Award number (an ED-specified 
identifying number unique to your application).
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues 
with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting 
your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov 
Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must obtain a 
Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it.
    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your 
application on the application deadline date because of technical 
problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension 
until 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to 
enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand 
delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing 
instructions described elsewhere in this notice.
    If you submit an application after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice and 
provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with 
Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. We will 
accept your application if we can confirm that a technical problem 
occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that problem affected your 
ability to submit your application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date. The Department will contact you after 
a determination is made on whether your application will be accepted.

    Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply 
only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the 
Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed 
to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before 
the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem 
you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system.

    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If you submit your application in paper format by mail (through the 
U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier),

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you must mail the original and two copies of your 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 
84.327A), 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 
84.327A), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785-1506.
    Regardless of which address you use, you 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.
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark.
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.

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

    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.
    If you submit your application in paper format by hand delivery, 
you (or a courier service) must deliver the original and two copies of 
your 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 
84.327A), 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 you 
mail or hand deliver your application to the Department--
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by 
the Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including 
suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are 
submitting your application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a 
notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not 
receive this notification within 15 business days from the 
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of 
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are 
from 34 CFR 75.210 and are listed in the application package.
    2. Peer Review: In the past, the Department has had difficulty 
finding peer reviewers for certain competitions, because so many 
individuals who are eligible to serve as peer reviewers have conflicts 
of interest. The Standing Panel requirements under IDEA also have 
placed additional constraints on the availability of reviewers. 
Therefore, the Department has determined that, for some discretionary 
grant competitions, applications may be separated into two or more 
groups and ranked and selected for funding within specific group. This 
procedure will make it easier for the Department to find peer 
reviewers, by ensuring that greater numbers of individuals who are 
eligible to serve as reviewers for any particular group of applicants 
will not have conflicts of interest. It also will increase the quality, 
independence, and fairness of the review process while permitting panel 
members to review applications under discretionary grant competitions 
for which they also have submitted applications. However, if the 
Department decides to select an equal number of applications in each 
group for funding, this may result in different cut-off points for 
fundable applications in each group.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award Notice 
(GAN). We may notify you informally, also.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    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 your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a 
final performance report, including financial information, as directed 
by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an 
annual performance report that provides the most current performance 
and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary 
under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent 
performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements 
on reporting, please go to http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), the Department has established a set of 
performance measures, including long-term measures, that are designed 
to yield information on various aspects of the effectiveness and 
quality of the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with 
Disabilities program. These measures focus on the extent to which 
projects are of high quality, are relevant to the needs of children 
with disabilities, and contribute to improving results for children 
with disabilities. We will collect data on these measures from the 
projects funded under this competition.
    Grantees also will be required to report information on their 
projects' performance in annual reports to the Department (34 CFR 
75.590).

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom V. Hanley, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4066, Potomac Center Plaza 
(PCP), Washington, DC 20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 245-7369.
    If you use a TDD, call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, 
at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Alternative Format: 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) by 
contacting the Grants and Contracts Services Team, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 5075, PCP, Washington, DC 
20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 245-7363. If you use a TDD, call the FRS, 
toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as 
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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: December 4, 2007.
Raymond Simon,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative 
Services.
[FR Doc. E7-23878 Filed 12-7-07; 8:45 am]
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