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[Federal Register: January 25, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 17)]
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
[Public Notice 3559]
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Request for Grant
Proposals: Junior Faculty Development Program
SUMMARY: The Office of Academic Exchange Programs/ European Programs
Branch of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an
open competition for the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP).
Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions
described in IRS regulation 26 CFR 1.501(c) may submit proposals to
place approximately 128 visiting faculty from Russia and the New
Independent States of the former Soviet Union at U.S. universities in a
one academic year (nine months) teacher training and curriculum
development program. The grantee organization will support and oversee
the activities of the faculty throughout their stay in the United
States, including their undertaking a practical internship at the end
of the academic program (an additional two months). In addition, the
grantee organization will recruit and select candidates for the JFDP in
the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) offers fellowships to
approximately 128 university instructors from Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and
Uzbekistan. Selected through an open, merit-based competition, JFDP
Fellows attend U.S. universities for one academic year to work with
faculty mentors and to audit courses in order to develop new curricula
and approaches to teaching in their fields of study. The JFDP
encourages its Fellows to develop professional relationships with the
American academic community, and to forge ties between their American
colleagues and colleagues in their home countries, and to share their
experiences and knowledge with American students and professors.
Throughout their stay in the United States, JFDP Fellows attend
conferences and seminars, and participate in two-month practical
internships after completing the academic component of the program. The
goals of the program are to allow U.S. scholars and scholars from the
participating countries to exchange ideas on curriculum design and
teaching, and to increase collaboration and cooperation between
universities in the United States and former Soviet Union.
Participation in the JFDP is restricted to university instructors from
Russia and the NIS in the following fields of study: American studies,
arts management, architecture & urban planning, business
administration, cultural anthropology, economics, education
administration, environmental studies, history, journalism, law,
library science, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political
science, psychology, public administration, public policy and
Programs must comply with J-1 Visa regulations. Subject to the
availability of funds, it is anticipated that this grant will begin on
or about July 1, 2001. Please refer to Solicitation Package for further
Grants awarded to eligible organizations with less than four years
of experience in conducting international exchange programs will be
limited to $60,000.
Applicants must submit a comprehensive budget for the entire
program. The Bureau anticipates awarding one grant in the amount of
$4,071,000 to support the program and administrative costs required to
implement this program. The Bureau encourages applicants to provide
maximum levels of cost sharing and funding from private sources in
support of its programs. There must be a summary budget as well as
breakdowns reflecting both administrative and program budgets.
Applicants may provide separate sub-budgets for each program component,
phase, location, or activity to provide clarification.
Allowable costs for the program include the following:
(1) Overseas recruitment and selection of candidates
(2) Participant travel expenses, stipends, accident and sickness
insurance, visa fees, professional development costs
(3) Orientations, participant conferences
(4) Host university fees
(5) Alumni and follow-on activities
Please refer to the Solicitation Package for complete budget
guidelines and formatting instructions.
Announcement Title and Number: All correspondence with the Bureau
concerning this RFGP should reference the above title and number ECA/A/
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: The Office of Academic Exchanges,
ECA/A/E/EUR, Room 246, U.S. Department of State, 301 4th Street, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20547, tel. (202) 205-0525, fax (202) 260-7985,
email@example.com to request a Solicitation Package. The
Solicitation Package contains detailed award criteria, required
application forms, specific budget instructions, and standard
guidelines for proposal preparation. Please specify Bureau Program
Officer Sheila Casey on all other inquiries and correspondence.
Please read the complete Federal Register announcement before
sending inquiries or submitting proposals. Once the RFGP deadline has
passed, Bureau staff may not discuss this competition with applicants
until the proposal review process has been completed.
To Download A Solicitation Package via Internet: The entire
Solicitation Package may be downloaded from the Bureau's website at
http://exchanges.state.gov/education/RFGPs. Please read all information
Deadline for Proposals: All proposal copies must be received at the
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs by 5
p.m. Washington, D.C. time on Friday, March 30, 2001. Faxed documents
will not be accepted at any time. Documents postmarked the due date but
received on a later date will not be accepted. Each applicant must
ensure that the proposals are received by the above deadline.
Applicants must follow all instructions in the Solicitation
Package. The original and five (5) copies of the application should be
U.S. Department of State, SA-44, Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs, Ref.: ECA/A/E/EUR-01-08, Program Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room
534, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547.
Applicants must also submit the ``Executive Summary'' and
``Proposal Narrative'' sections of the proposal on a 3.5" diskette,
formatted for DOS. These documents must be provided in ASCII text (DOS)
format with a maximum line length of 65 characters. The Bureau will
transmit these files electronically to the Public Affairs Sections at
U.S. Embassies for review, with the goal of reducing the time it takes
to obtain Embassy comments for the Bureau's grants review process.
Diversity, Freedom and Democracy Guidelines
Pursuant to the Bureau's authorizing legislation, programs must
maintain a non-political character and should be balanced and
representative of the diversity of American political, social, and
cultural life. ``Diversity'' should be interpreted in the broadest
sense and encompass differences including, but not limited to
ethnicity, race, gender, religion, geographic location, socio-economic
status, and physical challenges. Applicants are strongly encouraged to
adhere to the advancement of this principle both in program
administration and in program content. Please refer to the review
criteria under the `Support for Diversity' section for specific
suggestions on incorporating diversity into the total proposal. Public
Law 104-319 provides that ``in carrying out programs of educational and
cultural exchange in countries whose people do not fully enjoy freedom
and democracy,'' the Bureau ``shall take appropriate steps to provide
opportunities for participation in such programs to human rights and
democracy leaders of such countries.'' Public Law 106-113 requires that
the governments of the countries described above do not have
inappropriate influence in the selection process. Proposals should
reflect advancement of these goals in their program contents, to the
full extent deemed feasible.
The Bureau will acknowledge receipt of all proposals and will
review them for technical eligibility. Proposals will be deemed
ineligible if they do not fully adhere to the guidelines stated herein
and in the Solicitation Package. All eligible proposals will be
reviewed by the program office, as well as the Public Diplomacy
Sections overseas, where appropriate. Eligible proposals will be
subject to compliance with Federal and Bureau regulations and
guidelines and forwarded to Bureau grant panels for advisory review.
Proposals may also be reviewed by the Office of the Legal Adviser or by
other Department elements. Final funding decisions are at the
discretion of the Department of State's Assistant Secretary for
Educational and Cultural Affairs. Final technical authority for
assistance awards (grants or cooperative agreements) resides with the
Bureau's Grants Officer.
Technically eligible applications will be competitively reviewed
according to the criteria stated below. These criteria are not rank
ordered and all carry equal weight in the proposal evaluation:
1. Program Development and Management: The proposal should exhibit
originality, substance, precision, innovation, and relevance to the
Bureau's mission. Objectives should be reasonable, feasible and
flexible. The proposal should clearly demonstrate how the grantee
organization will meet the program's objectives. A detailed agenda and
relevant work plan should demonstrate substantive undertakings and
logistical capacity. The agenda should adhere to the program overview
and guidelines described above.
2. Multiplier Effect/Impact: The JFDP should strengthen long-term
mutual understanding, including maximum sharing of information and
establishment of long-term institutional and individual linkages. The
proposal should include creative ways to involve program participants
in U.S. communities.
3. Support of Diversity: The proposal should demonstrate the
grantee organization's commitment to promoting the awareness and
understanding of diversity through participant recruitment efforts, and
through its selection of host universities.
4. Institution's Record/Ability: The proposal should demonstrate an
institutional record of successful exchange programs, including
responsible fiscal management and full compliance with all reporting
requirements for past Bureau/USIA grants as determined by the Bureau's
Grants Division. Proposed personnel and institutional resources should
be adequate and appropriate to achieve the program's goals.
5. Follow-on and Alumni Activities: The proposal should provide a
plan for continued follow-on activity that insures that Bureau-
supported programs are not isolated events, but have meaning and scope
beyond the time the actual exchange took place.
6. Project Evaluation: The proposal should include a plan to
evaluate the success of the JFDP, both during and after the program.
The Bureau recommends that the proposal include a draft survey
questionnaire or other technique, plus a description of methodologies
that can be used to link outcomes to original project objectives. The
grantee organization will be expected to submit intermediate reports
after each project component is concluded or quarterly, whichever is
7. Cost-effectiveness and Cost Sharing: The overhead and
administrative components of the proposal, including salaries and
honoraria, should be kept as low as possible. All other items should be
necessary and appropriate. The proposal should maximize cost sharing
through other private sector support as well as institutional direct
Overall grant making authority for this program is contained in the
Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, Public Law 87-
256, as amended, also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act. The purpose of
the Act is ``to enable the Government of the United States to increase
mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the
people of other countries * * *; to strengthen the ties which unite us
with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural
interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United
States and other nations * * * and thus to assist in the development of
friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States
and the other countries of the world.'' The funding authority for the
program above is provided in part through the FREEDOM Support Act of
The terms and conditions published in this RFGP are binding and may
not be modified by any Bureau
representative. Explanatory information provided by the Bureau that
contradicts published language will not be binding. Issuance of the
RFGP does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the
Government. The Bureau reserves the right to reduce, revise, or
increase proposal budgets in accordance with the needs of the program
and the availability of funds. Awards made will be subject to periodic
reporting and evaluation requirements.
Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by
Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures.
Dated: January 19, 2001.
Helena Kane Finn,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 01-2316 Filed 1-24-01; 8:45 am]
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