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[Federal Register: March 29, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 61)]
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
[Public Notice 3624]
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Request for Grant
Proposals: Tibet Professional and Cultural Exchange Project
SUMMARY: The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the Tibet
Professional and Cultural Exchange Project. Public and private non-
profit organizations meeting the provisions described in IRS regulation
26 CFR 1.501(c) may submit proposals that promote understanding between
the people of the United States and the Tibetan ethnic group, through
two-way, professional educational and cultural exchange projects.
The Office of Citizen Exchanges welcomes proposals that directly
respond to the following thematic areas. Given budgetary limitations,
projects for other themes will not be eligible for consideration under
the FY-2001 Tibet Professional and Cultural Exchange Project
Public Health Management
Projects submitted in response to this theme would be aimed at
engaging public health leaders to combat the debilitating health
problems ethnic Tibetans face, (from malnutrition to fatal pneumonia,
tuberculosis and diarrhea). Exchanges would focus on developing and
implementing appropriate public health policies, through seminars and
outreach to public and private health planners and practitioners, to
ensure the optimal welfare and economic viability of Tibetan
communities. (Actual medical training and dispensing of medications are
outside the purview of this theme and will not be accepted activities
for funding based on exchange guidelines.)
Sustainable Development and Eco-Tourism
Exchanges funded under this theme would help American and Tibetan
conservationists, tourism planners, and economic development officials
share their experience in managing tourism resources, particularly in
ecologically fragile areas, and would contribute to better
understanding of conservation and concepts essential to responsible
economic development. Americans are in a good position to convey to
their Tibetan counterparts the importance of sustainable forestry
practices and sustainable harvesting of plant resources to short-term
and long-term economic prospects.
Proposals are sought which emphasize administration and development
of vocational schools targeted towards the practical needs of ethnic
Tibetan communities. Successful projects would help influence thinking
among those responsible for economic planning in rural and urban areas
where Tibetans live. Discussion of how to integrate education planning
with economic development initiatives, how to diversify revenue
sources, and how to recruit, train and retain strong faculty would all
contribute towards dialogue on vocational education, an issue important
to both Tibetans and Americans in a modern and changing economy.
Projects under this theme may focus on the skills Tibetans, many of
whom come from rural backgrounds with rudimentary economies, need to
function effectively in a modern economy (e.g. finance, accounting, and
language skills). Exchanges that explore ways that both the government
and the private sector can help promote entrepreneurship in sustainable
ways, including access to credit, ecologically conscious tourism
policies and investment, or English language training for trade or
tourism purposes will be favored.
The Office seeks proposals that provide professional experience and
exposure to American life and culture through internships, workshops
and other learning-sharing experiences hosted by local institutions.
The experiences also will provide Americans the opportunity to learn
about Tibetan culture and the social and economic challenges Tibetans
face today. Travel under these grants should provide for a two-way
exchange. Proposals only seeking funding for Tibetans to travel the
United States must provide a clear explanation detailing the rationale
for a one-way exchange. Projects should not simply be academic in
nature; they should be designed to provide practical, hands-on
experience in U.S. public/private sector settings that may be adapted
to an individual's institution upon return home. Proposals may combine
elements of professional enrichment, job shadowing and internships
appropriate to the language ability and interests of the participants.
Applicants should identify the local organizations and individuals
in the counterpart country with whom they are proposing to collaborate
and describe in detail previous cooperative programming and/or
contacts. Specific information about the counterpart organizations'
activities and accomplishments is required and should be included in
the section on Institutional Capacity.
Exchanges and training programs supported by the institutional
grants from the Bureau should operate at two levels: They should
enhance institutional partnerships, and they should offer practical
information to individuals and groups to assist them with their
professional responsibilities. Strong proposals usually have the
following characteristics: A strong existing partnership between a U.S.
organization and an in-country institution; a proven track record of
working in the proposed issue area; cost-sharing from U.S. and/or in-
country sources; experienced staff with language facility; a clear,
convincing plan showing how permanent results will be accomplished as a
result of the activity funded by the grant; and a follow-on plan beyond
the scope of the Bureau grant. The Bureau would like to see tangible
forms of time and money contributed to the project by the prospective
grantee institution, as well as funding from third party sources.
Programs must comply with J-1 visa regulations. Please refer to
Solicitation Package for further information.
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. Grant awards will not exceed $175,000. 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) All Participant Expenses (Tibetan and American)
(2) Other Program Expenses as needed and justified
(3) Administrative Expenses including indirect costs
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 Tibet Professional and Cultural Exchange Project and
reference number: ECA/PE/C/EAP-01-38.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Office of Citizen Exchanges, room
216, SA-44, U.S. Department of State, 301 4th Street, S.W., Washington,
D.C. 20547, telephone number 202/260-5491, fax number 202/260-0440, or
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, Raymond H. Harvey, 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 before downloading.
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, May 18,
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 12 copies of the application should be sent
to: U.S. Department of State, SA-44, Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs, Ref.: ECA/PE/C/EAP-01-38, Program Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room
534, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, D.C. 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 section at
the U.S Embassy for its review, with the goal of reducing the time it
takes to get 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. The program office, as well as the
Public Diplomacy section at the U.S. Embassy, will review all eligible
proposals. 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
Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs. Final
technical authority for grants resides with the Bureau's Grants
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. Quality of the program idea: Proposals should exhibit
originality, substance, precision, and relevance to the Bureau's
2. Program planning: Detailed agenda and relevant work plan should
demonstrate substantive undertakings and logistical capacity. Agenda
and plan should adhere to the program overview and guidelines described
3. Ability to achieve program objectives: Objectives should be
reasonable, feasible, and flexible. Proposals should clearly
demonstrate how the institution will meet the program's objectives and
4. Multiplier effect/impact: Proposed programs should strengthen
long-term mutual understanding, including maximum sharing of
information and establishment of long-term institutional and individual
5. Support of Diversity: Proposals should demonstrate substantive
support of the Bureau's policy on diversity.
Achievable and relevant features should be cited in both program
administration (selection of participants, program venue and program
evaluation) and program content (orientation and wrap-up sessions,
program meetings, resource materials and follow-up activities).
6. Institutional Capacity: Proposed personnel and institutional
resources should be adequate and appropriate to achieve the program or
7. Institution's Record/Ability: Proposals should demonstrate an
institutional record of successful exchange programs, including
responsible fiscal management and full compliance with all reporting
requirements for past Bureau grants as determined by Bureau Grant
Staff. The Bureau will consider the past performance of prior
recipients and the demonstrated potential of new applicants.
8. Follow-on Activities: Proposals should provide a plan for
continued follow-on activity (without Bureau support) ensuring that
Bureau supported programs are not isolated events.
9. Project Evaluation: Proposals should include a plan to evaluate
the activity's success, both as the activities unfold and at the end of
the program. A draft survey questionnaire or other technique plus
description of a methodology to use to link outcomes to original
project objectives should be included with the application.
10. Cost-effectiveness: 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.
11. Cost-sharing: Proposals should maximize cost sharing through
other private sector support as well as institutional direct funding
AUTHORITY: 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 through The Conference Report on the FY-
2001 Consolidated Appropriation Act that mandated support for 2001
Tibet Professional and Cultural Exchange Project.
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: March 21, 2001.
Helena Kane Finn,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs,
Department of State.
[FR Doc. 01-7796 Filed 3-28-01; 8:45 am]
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