Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, 3768-3770 [2019-02206]

Download as PDF 3768 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs Office for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice; revised common instructions. AGENCY: On February 12, 2018, the Department of Education (Department) published a set of common instructions for applicants seeking funds under a Department discretionary grant competition as part of a broader effort to reduce barriers for applicants. These common instructions are referenced in individual competition notices inviting applications (NIAs). In this notice, we are publishing a revised version of the common instructions that supersedes the version published on February 12, 2018. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronald B. Petracca, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 6E306, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 401–6008. Email: Ronald.Petracca@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, at 1–800–877– 8339. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: This document provides applicants with a centralized and up-todate set of instructions for applying to the Department’s discretionary grant programs. Future NIAs will reference this document in lieu of providing this series of instructions within each NIA. Rarely, exceptions will need to be made to these instructions and will be noted in an individual competition NIA. Revised Common Instructions: The Department is making several changes to the common instructions for applicants provided in the notice published in the Federal Register on February 12, 2018 (83 FR 6003). First, in section four, Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification Number, and System for Award Management, we are adding a sentence above the Note that clarifies that applicants who are unable to submit an application via Grants.gov by the application deadline, because their System for Award Management (SAM) registration is not active, will not be considered for funding. Second, in section 5(a), under Other Submission Requirements—Electronic Submission of Applicants and— VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Feb 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 Application Deadline Data Extension in Case of Technical Issues with the Grants.gov System, we are changing, in three places, the time of the application deadline from 4:30:00 p.m., Eastern Time, to 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time. We are making these changes so that applicants not located in the Eastern Time will have a full business day to submit their applications before the deadline passes. We are also adding a sentence notifying applicants that assistance from Principal Office staff is available until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the application deadline date. Lastly, we are revising the instructions for submitting an application electronically, under section 5, Other Submission Requirements, so that applications can be submitted using Microsoft Word. We are making this change to provide greater flexibility for applicants to submit an acceptable application for review; however, we recommend that applicants submit all documents as read-only flattened PDFs. The revised common instructions are set forth as follows: Common Set of Instructions for Applicants: Application and Submission Information. 1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an application package from the Department’s website or Grants.gov. To obtain a copy via the Department’s website, use the following address: www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/ grantapps/index.html. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content and form of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for the program. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Submit applications for grants under the program electronically using Grants.gov. For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, please refer to Other Submission Requirements in section 5 of these instructions. 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 in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section in the competition NIA. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 requirements and limitations in the competition NIA. 4. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification Number, and System for Award Management: To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using Grants.gov, you must— a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN); b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (SAM.gov), the Government’s primary registrant database; c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period. You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet at the following website: http://fedgov.dnb.com/ webform. A DUNS number can be created within one to two business days. If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the IRS or the Social Security Administration. If you need a new TIN, please allow two to five weeks for your TIN to become active. The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business days, but may take upwards of several weeks, depending on the completeness and accuracy of the data you enter into the SAM.gov database. Thus, if you think you might want to apply for Federal financial assistance under a program administered by the Department, please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number and TIN. We recommend that you register early. If you are unable to submit an application on Grants.gov by the application deadline because you do not have an active SAM registration, you will not be considered for funding. Note: Once your SAM.gov registration is active, it may be 24 to 48 hours before you can access the information in, and submit an application through, Grants.gov. If you are currently registered with SAM.gov, you may not need to make any changes. However, please make certain that the TIN associated with your DUNS number is correct. Note: You must update your SAM registration annually. This may take three or more business days. E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / Notices Information about SAM is available at www.SAM.gov. To further assist you with obtaining and registering your DUNS number and TIN in SAM.gov or updating your existing SAM account, we have prepared a SAM.gov Tip Sheet, which you can find at: http:// www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/samfaqs.html. In addition, in order to submit your application via Grants.gov, you must (1) register as an applicant using your DUNS number and (2) be designated by your organization’s E-Biz Point of Contact as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Details on these steps are outlined at the following Grants.gov web page: https:// www.grants.gov/web/grants/ register.html. 5. Other Submission Requirements: a. Electronic Submission of Applications. We are participating as a partner in the Government-wide Grants.gov site. Submit applications electronically using Grants.gov and do not email them unless explicitly allowed in a competition NIA. A Grants.gov applicant must apply online using Workspace, a shared environment where members of a grant team may simultaneously access and edit different web forms within an application. An applicant can create an individual Workspace for each application and establish for that application a collaborative application package that allows more than one person in the applicant’s organization to work concurrently on an application. The Grants.gov system also enables the applicant to reuse forms from previous submissions, check them in and out to complete them, and submit the application package. For access to further instructions on how to apply using Grants.gov, refer to: www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/ apply-for-grants.html. You may access the electronic grant applications at www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.184, not 84.184D). Please note the following: • Applicants needing assistance with Grants.gov may contact the Grants.gov Support Center either by calling 1–800– 518–4726 or by sending an email to support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for Federal holidays. Applicants needing assistance from Principal Office staff with their applications should contact VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Feb 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 the person listed in the FOR FURTHER section in the competition NIA during normal business hours and no later than 5:00 p.m., Eastern 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 recommend that you leave yourself plenty of time to complete your submission. • Applications received by Grants.gov are date- and time-stamped upon submission. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date- and time-stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the application deadline date. Except as otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept your application if it is received—that is, date- and timestamped by the Grants.gov system—after 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the application deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application because it was late. Receipt of a date- and timestamp does not mean that your application meets program eligibility requirements described in the application package. • You should review and follow the Education Submission Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are included in the application package for the program to ensure that you submit your application on time. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures pertaining to Grants.gov under News and Events on the Department’s G5 system home page at www.G5.gov. In addition, for specific guidance and procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov, please refer to the Grants.gov website at: www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/ apply-for-grants.html. • When you submit your application electronically, all documents must be submitted in this manner, including all information you typically provide on the following forms: The 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. • When you submit your application electronically, you must upload any narrative sections and all other INFORMATION CONTACT PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3769 attachments to your application as files in either Portable Document Format (PDF) or Microsoft Word. Although applicants have the option of uploading any narrative sections and all other attachments to their application in either PDF or Microsoft Word, we recommend applicants submit all documents as read-only flattened PDFs, meaning any fillable PDF files must be saved and submitted as non-fillable PDF files and not as interactive or fillable PDF files, to better ensure applications are processed in a more timely, accurate, and efficient manner. If you choose to submit your application in Microsoft Word, you may do so using any version of Microsoft Word (i.e., a document ending in a .doc or .docx extension). If you upload a file type other than PDF or Microsoft Word or if you submit a password-protected file, we will be unable to review that material. Please note that this will likely result in your application not being considered for funding. The Department will not convert material from other formats to PDF or Microsoft Word. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. Grants.gov also will notify you automatically by email if your application met all of the Grants.gov validation requirements or if there were any errors (such as submission of your application by someone other than a registered AOR, issues with your DUNS number, or inclusion of an attachment with a file name that contains special characters). You will be given an opportunity to correct any errors and resubmit, but you must still meet the deadline for submission of your application. Once your application is successfully validated by Grants.gov, the Department will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send you an email with a unique PR/Award number for your application. Email confirmations and receipts from Grants.gov do not indicate receipt by the Department, nor do they mean that your application is complete or has met all application requirements. While your application may have been successfully validated by Grants.gov, it also must be reviewed in accordance with the Department’s application requirements as specified in the competition NIA and in these application instructions. It is your responsibility to ensure that your submitted application has met all of the Department’s requirements. Additionally, we may request that you provide us original signatures on forms at a later date. E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 3770 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / Notices Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues with the Grants.gov System: If you experience problems submitting your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov Support Desk immediately, toll-free, at 1–800–518–4726. The Grants.gov Support Center will provide you with a Support Desk Case Number documenting your communication. You must retain your Support Desk Case Number for future reference as proof of your communication with the Support Center. Please subsequently contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section in the competition NIA and provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because of technical problems within the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension until 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time, the following business day to enable you to transmit your application electronically, provided we can verify the technical issues affected your ability to submit your application on time via your Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply only to technical problems with the Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed to fully register in order to submit your application to Grants.gov (including with the required DUNS number and TIN currently registered in SAM) 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. We discourage paper applications, but if electronic submission is not possible (e.g., you do not have access to the internet), you must provide a written statement that you intend to submit a paper application. Send this written statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date (14 calendar days or, if the 14th calendar day before the application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business day following the Federal holiday). If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. Please send this statement to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of the competition NIA. If you submit a paper application, you must mail the original and two copies of your application, on or before the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Feb 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202–4260. 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. 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. We will not consider applications postmarked after the application deadline date. Note for Mail Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail your application to the Department— (1) You must indicate on the envelope and 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 notify you of the Department’s 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 Application Control Center at (202) 245–6288. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education 
Discretionary Grant Programs

AGENCY: Office for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, 
Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice; revised common instructions.

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SUMMARY: On February 12, 2018, the Department of Education (Department) 
published a set of common instructions for applicants seeking funds 
under a Department discretionary grant competition as part of a broader 
effort to reduce barriers for applicants. These common instructions are 
referenced in individual competition notices inviting applications 
(NIAs). In this notice, we are publishing a revised version of the 
common instructions that supersedes the version published on February 
12, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronald B. Petracca, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 6E306, Washington, DC 20202. 
Telephone: (202) 401-6008. Email: Ronald.Petracca@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, at 1-
800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Background: This document provides applicants with a centralized 
and up-to-date set of instructions for applying to the Department's 
discretionary grant programs. Future NIAs will reference this document 
in lieu of providing this series of instructions within each NIA. 
Rarely, exceptions will need to be made to these instructions and will 
be noted in an individual competition NIA.
    Revised Common Instructions: The Department is making several 
changes to the common instructions for applicants provided in the 
notice published in the Federal Register on February 12, 2018 (83 FR 
6003). First, in section four, Data Universal Numbering System Number, 
Taxpayer Identification Number, and System for Award Management, we are 
adding a sentence above the Note that clarifies that applicants who are 
unable to submit an application via Grants.gov by the application 
deadline, because their System for Award Management (SAM) registration 
is not active, will not be considered for funding.
    Second, in section 5(a), under Other Submission Requirements--
Electronic Submission of Applicants and--Application Deadline Data 
Extension in Case of Technical Issues with the Grants.gov System, we 
are changing, in three places, the time of the application deadline 
from 4:30:00 p.m., Eastern Time, to 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time. We are 
making these changes so that applicants not located in the Eastern Time 
will have a full business day to submit their applications before the 
deadline passes. We are also adding a sentence notifying applicants 
that assistance from Principal Office staff is available until 5:00 
p.m. Eastern Time on the application deadline date.
    Lastly, we are revising the instructions for submitting an 
application electronically, under section 5, Other Submission 
Requirements, so that applications can be submitted using Microsoft 
Word. We are making this change to provide greater flexibility for 
applicants to submit an acceptable application for review; however, we 
recommend that applicants submit all documents as read-only flattened 
PDFs.
    The revised common instructions are set forth as follows:
    Common Set of Instructions for Applicants: Application and 
Submission Information.
    1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an 
application package from the Department's website or Grants.gov.
    To obtain a copy via the Department's website, use the following 
address: www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content and form of an application, together with the 
forms you must submit, are in the application package for the program.
    3. Submission Dates and Times: Submit applications for grants under 
the program electronically using Grants.gov. For information (including 
dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, 
please refer to Other Submission Requirements in section 5 of these 
instructions.
    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 in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section in the 
competition NIA. 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 the competition NIA.
    4. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification 
Number, and System for Award Management: To do business with the 
Department, and to submit your application electronically using 
Grants.gov, you must--
    a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a 
Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
    b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award 
Management (SAM.gov), the Government's primary registrant database;
    c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
    d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information 
while your application is under review by the Department and, if you 
are awarded a grant, during the project period.
    You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet at the 
following website: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. A DUNS number can be 
created within one to two business days.
    If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or 
organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service 
(IRS). If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the IRS or 
the Social Security Administration. If you need a new TIN, please allow 
two to five weeks for your TIN to become active.
    The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business 
days, but may take upwards of several weeks, depending on the 
completeness and accuracy of the data you enter into the SAM.gov 
database. Thus, if you think you might want to apply for Federal 
financial assistance under a program administered by the Department, 
please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number 
and TIN. We recommend that you register early. If you are unable to 
submit an application on Grants.gov by the application deadline because 
you do not have an active SAM registration, you will not be considered 
for funding.

    Note:  Once your SAM.gov registration is active, it may be 24 to 
48 hours before you can access the information in, and submit an 
application through, Grants.gov.

    If you are currently registered with SAM.gov, you may not need to 
make any changes. However, please make certain that the TIN associated 
with your DUNS number is correct. Note: You must update your SAM 
registration annually. This may take three or more business days.

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    Information about SAM is available at www.SAM.gov. To further 
assist you with obtaining and registering your DUNS number and TIN in 
SAM.gov or updating your existing SAM account, we have prepared a 
SAM.gov Tip Sheet, which you can find at: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/sam-faqs.html.
    In addition, in order to submit your application via Grants.gov, 
you must (1) register as an applicant using your DUNS number and (2) be 
designated by your organization's E-Biz Point of Contact as an 
Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Details on these steps 
are outlined at the following Grants.gov web page: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html.
    5. Other Submission Requirements:
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    We are participating as a partner in the Government-wide Grants.gov 
site. Submit applications electronically using Grants.gov and do not 
email them unless explicitly allowed in a competition NIA.
    A Grants.gov applicant must apply online using Workspace, a shared 
environment where members of a grant team may simultaneously access and 
edit different web forms within an application. An applicant can create 
an individual Workspace for each application and establish for that 
application a collaborative application package that allows more than 
one person in the applicant's organization to work concurrently on an 
application. The Grants.gov system also enables the applicant to reuse 
forms from previous submissions, check them in and out to complete 
them, and submit the application package. For access to further 
instructions on how to apply using Grants.gov, refer to: 
www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.html.
    You may access the electronic grant applications at www.Grants.gov. 
You must search for the downloadable application package for this 
competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha 
suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.184, not 84.184D).
    Please note the following:
     Applicants needing assistance with Grants.gov may contact 
the Grants.gov Support Center either by calling 1-800-518-4726 or by 
sending an email to support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Center 
is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for Federal 
holidays. Applicants needing assistance from Principal Office staff 
with their applications should contact the person listed in the FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section in the competition NIA during 
normal business hours and no later than 5:00 p.m., Eastern 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 
recommend that you leave yourself plenty of time to complete your 
submission.
     Applications received by Grants.gov are date- and time-
stamped upon submission. Your application must be fully uploaded and 
submitted and must be date- and time-stamped by the Grants.gov system 
no later than 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the application deadline 
date. Except as otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept 
your application if it is received--that is, date- and time-stamped by 
the Grants.gov system--after 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the 
application deadline date. We do not consider an application that does 
not comply with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your 
application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting 
your application because it was late. Receipt of a date- and time-stamp 
does not mean that your application meets program eligibility 
requirements described in the application package.
     You should review and follow the Education Submission 
Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are 
included in the application package for the program to ensure that you 
submit your application on time. You can also find the Education 
Submission Procedures pertaining to Grants.gov under News and Events on 
the Department's G5 system home page at www.G5.gov. In addition, for 
specific guidance and procedures for submitting an application through 
Grants.gov, please refer to the Grants.gov website at: www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.html.
     When you submit your application electronically, all 
documents must be submitted in this manner, including all information 
you typically provide on the following forms: The 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.
     When you submit your application electronically, you must 
upload any narrative sections and all other attachments to your 
application as files in either Portable Document Format (PDF) or 
Microsoft Word. Although applicants have the option of uploading any 
narrative sections and all other attachments to their application in 
either PDF or Microsoft Word, we recommend applicants submit all 
documents as read-only flattened PDFs, meaning any fillable PDF files 
must be saved and submitted as non-fillable PDF files and not as 
interactive or fillable PDF files, to better ensure applications are 
processed in a more timely, accurate, and efficient manner. If you 
choose to submit your application in Microsoft Word, you may do so 
using any version of Microsoft Word (i.e., a document ending in a .doc 
or .docx extension). If you upload a file type other than PDF or 
Microsoft Word or if you submit a password-protected file, we will be 
unable to review that material. Please note that this will likely 
result in your application not being considered for funding. The 
Department will not convert material from other formats to PDF or 
Microsoft Word.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number. Grants.gov also will notify you 
automatically by email if your application met all of the Grants.gov 
validation requirements or if there were any errors (such as submission 
of your application by someone other than a registered AOR, issues with 
your DUNS number, or inclusion of an attachment with a file name that 
contains special characters). You will be given an opportunity to 
correct any errors and resubmit, but you must still meet the deadline 
for submission of your application.
    Once your application is successfully validated by Grants.gov, the 
Department will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send you 
an email with a unique PR/Award number for your application.
    Email confirmations and receipts from Grants.gov do not indicate 
receipt by the Department, nor do they mean that your application is 
complete or has met all application requirements. While your 
application may have been successfully validated by Grants.gov, it also 
must be reviewed in accordance with the Department's application 
requirements as specified in the competition NIA and in these 
application instructions. It is your responsibility to ensure that your 
submitted application has met all of the Department's requirements. 
Additionally, we may request that you provide us original signatures on 
forms at a later date.

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    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues 
with the Grants.gov System: If you experience problems submitting your 
application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov Support 
Desk immediately, toll-free, at 1-800-518-4726. The Grants.gov Support 
Center will provide you with a Support Desk Case Number documenting 
your communication. You must retain your Support Desk Case Number for 
future reference as proof of your communication with the Support 
Center. Please subsequently contact the person listed in the FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section in the competition NIA and provide 
an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with 
Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number.
    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your 
application on the application deadline date because of technical 
problems within the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension 
until 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time, the following business day to enable 
you to transmit your application electronically, provided we can verify 
the technical issues affected your ability to submit your application 
on time via your Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number.

    Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply 
only to technical problems with the Grants.gov system. We will not 
grant you an extension if you failed to fully register in order to 
submit your application to Grants.gov (including with the required 
DUNS number and TIN currently registered in SAM) 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.
    We discourage paper applications, but if electronic submission is 
not possible (e.g., you do not have access to the internet), you must 
provide a written statement that you intend to submit a paper 
application. Send this written statement no later than two weeks before 
the application deadline date (14 calendar days or, if the 14th 
calendar day before the application deadline date falls on a Federal 
holiday, the next business day following the Federal holiday).
    If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be 
postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date. Please send this statement to the person listed in the FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of the competition NIA.
    If you submit a paper application, you must mail the original and 
two copies of your application, 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), LBJ 
Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    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.

    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.

    We will not consider applications postmarked after the application 
deadline date.
    Note for Mail Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail your 
application to the Department--
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and 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 notify you of the 
Department's 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 Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.
    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to 
the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may 
access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of 
Federal Regulations at: www.govinfo.gov. At this site you can view this 
document, as well as all other documents of this Department published 
in the Federal Register, in text or PDF. To use PDF you must have Adobe 
Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at: 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.

James C. Blew,
Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development.
[FR Doc. 2019-02206 Filed 2-12-19; 8:45 am]
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