[Federal Register: June 21, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 120)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
[Public Notice 3704]
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Request for Grant
Proposals: Israeli-Arab Scholarship Program
SUMMARY: The Office of Academic Exchange Programs of the Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for an
assistance award for the Israeli-Arab Scholarship Program. Public and
private non-profit organizations with at least four years of experience
in conducting international exchange programs and meeting the
provisions described in IRS regulation 26 CFR 1.501(c) may submit
proposals to provide administrative and program support services for
the Israeli-Arab Scholarship Program.
The Israeli-Arab Scholarship Program (IASP) is a congressionally
mandated and endowed program. The Israeli-Arab Scholarship Program
provides an opportunity for highly qualified Israeli-Arab graduate
students to attend institutions of higher education in the U.S.,
providing them both a quality graduate education and an opportunity to
experience American democracy and society.
The Bureau's Office of Academic Exchange Programs and the Public
Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, jointly
administer the Israeli-Arab Scholarship Program. Applicants are
recruited, screened, and selected by PAS Tel Aviv with the assistance
of a panel of host-country academics. The Office of Academic Exchange
Programs is responsible for allocation of funding and policy
administration. The successful applicant will have responsibility for
program administration, which involves performance of services in the
following broad categories: Program Planning and Management;
Recruitment/Selection Support Services; Placement and Budgeting
Services; Supervision and Support Services; Special Programs
Management; Fiscal Management; and Program Projection, Reporting and
Program administration activities should cover the time period
October 1, 2001 through December 31, 2003. The expected grantee
caseload for fiscal year 2002 (FY 2002) is projected to be up to four
(4) new students for academic year 2002-2003. Applicants for this award
should submit a program proposal with budget projections for the first
program year only. Prior year renewal grants will be administered by
the organization currently administering the program. Programs must
comply with J-1 visa regulations. Please refer to Solicitation Package
for further information.
The Bureau anticipates awarding one grant up to the amount of
$150,000 to support 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. Proposals that contain administrative expenses
to 20% of the overall budget will be deemed more competitive.
Applicants must submit a comprehensive budget for the entire
program. 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.
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: Alice A. Armitage, Office of Academic
Exchange Programs, ECA/A/E/NEA-SA, Room 212, U.S. Department of State,
301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547, phone: (202) 619-6863, fax:
(202) 205-2466, email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Alice A. Armitage 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, DC time on Thursday, July
19, 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 seven copies of the application should be
sent to: U.S. Department of State, SA-44, Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs, Ref.: ECA/A/E/NEA-IASP02, 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 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
overseas, where appropriate, 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 assistance awards resides with the Bureau's
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
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. Institutional Network: Proposals should include proof of an
existing network with U.S. academic and international exchange
community or demonstrated potential to develop such a network.
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 is recommended. Successful applicants will be
expected to submit intermediate reports after each project component is
concluded or quarterly, whichever is less frequent.
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
Overall grant making authority for this program is contained in
Public Law 102-138, the ``Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal
Years 1992 and 1993.'' The purpose of the legislation is to establish
``a program of scholarships for Israeli-Arabs to attend institutions of
higher education in the United States.'' The funding authority for the
program above is provided through legislation.
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: June 13, 2001.
Helena Kane Finn,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural, Affairs, U.S.
Department of State.
[FR Doc. 01-15543 Filed 6-20-01; 8:45 am]
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