[Federal Register: July 5, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 129)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
[Public Notice 3713]
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Request for Grant
Proposals: Educational Partnerships Program (Formerly College and
University Affiliations Program)
SUMMARY: The Office of Global Educational Programs of the Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs in the Department of State announces
an open competition for the Educational Partnerships Program,
previously known as the College and University Affiliations Program.
Accredited, post-secondary educational institutions meeting the
provisions described in IRS regulation 26 CFR 1.501(c) may apply to
pursue institutional or departmental objectives in partnership with
foreign counterpart institutions with support from the Educational
Partnerships Program. These objectives should support the overall goal
of the Program: To strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation
between U.S. and foreign educational institutions on subjects of
enduring common interest to the United States, to other countries, and
to the institutions participating in the Program.
The Educational Partnerships Program has developed from its
predecessor, the College and University Affiliations Program, which
since 1982 has provided grants to U.S. colleges and universities for
international cooperation. The Program's new name underscores the
expectation that the successful pursuit of project objectives will
require all institutional partners to be actively engaged with one
another. Current and former participants in the Fulbright Senior
Scholar Program and other university teachers and administrators with
knowledge of educational institutions in other countries are encouraged
to build on this knowledge through institutional cooperation with
support from the Educational Partnerships Program. The review criteria
outlined in this document emphasize the importance of mutual commitment
and shared benefits. Potential applicants are discouraged from
proposing projects that have been developed previously for other
programs unless the projects are reconceived with the overall goals and
review criteria for the Educational Partnerships Program clearly in
The Educational Partnerships Program supports institutional
linkages in higher education with every world region except the New
Independent States of the former Soviet Union. It is anticipated that
separate Requests for Grant Proposals for institutional partnerships in
higher education with the New Independent States (NIS College and
University Partnerships Program and the NIS Community College
Partnerships Program) will be published in the summer of 2001. For
additional information about these NIS programs please refer to the
``Foreign Country and Location Eligibility'' section of this RFGP.
Other RFGPs for educational partnerships may also be published this
This RFGP for the Educational Partnerships Program does not
prescribe specific project objectives, but establishes the parameters
within which applicants are invited to propose projects. Institutional
objectives should be consistent with the Program's goal of equipping
the participating institutions with a stronger ability to address,
through teaching, research, or outreach, critical issues in the fields
eligible in FY 2002: The social, political, and economic sciences;
business; journalism and media studies; law; public administration;
public health policy and administration; the humanities (excluding the
fine arts); the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language; and
educational development or administration (excluding educational
projects in the physical, technical, and medical sciences). Additional
information on themes of special interest in specific world regions may
be found under the heading ``Foreign Country and Location
Institutional Objectives for Applicants
While the benefits of the project to each of the participating
institutions may differ significantly in nature and scope based on
their respective needs and resource bases, proposals should outline
well-reasoned strategies that are designed to meet specific objectives
for each participating U.S. and foreign department or institution as a
For example, proposals may outline the parameters and possible
content of new courses, new research or teaching specializations or
methodologies, new or revised curricula, new programs for educational
outreach, or other changes specifically anticipated as a result of the
project. Proposals to pursue a limited number of related thematic
objectives at each institution are preferred to proposals addressing a
large number of unrelated objectives.Proposals that do not benefit all
institutional partners are not eligible for funding from this Program.
In addition to demonstrating how each participating institution can
assist its partner(s) to meet institutional goals, proposals should
also explain how this cooperation will enable each institution to
address its own needs. Accordingly, applicants are encouraged to
describe the needs and deficiencies as well as the capabilities and
strengths of each participating department and institution, and how
each institution will contribute to and benefit from the achievement of
project objectives. Proposals that realistically assess institutional
capacities will be better able to outline compelling objectives that
address institutional needs and justify a request for support. To be
competitive, proposals should demonstrate that the participating
institutions understand one another and are committed to mutual support
and cooperation in project implementation.
If the proposed partnership would occur within the context of a
previous or ongoing project, the proposal should explain how the
request for Bureau funding would build upon the pre-existing
relationship or complement previous and concurrent projects. Previous
projects should be described, with details about the amounts and
sources of support and the results of previous cooperative efforts.
Institutions receiving partnership grant awards will be expected to
submit periodic reports on the results of program activities. Proposals
should outline and budget for a methodology for project evaluation. The
evaluation plan should include an assessment of the current status of
each participating department's and institution's needs at the time of
program inception with specific reference to project objectives;
formative evaluation to allow for mid-course revisions in the
implementation strategy; and, at the conclusion of the project,
summative evaluation of the degree to which the project's objectives
have been achieved together with observations about the project's
continuing potential to influence the participating institutions and
their surrounding communities or societies. The final evaluation should
also include recommendations about how to build upon project
achievements. Evaluative observations by external consultants with
appropriate subject and regional expertise are especially encouraged.
The commitment of all partner institutions to the proposed project
should be reflected in the cost-sharing which they offer in the context
of their respective institutional capacities. Although the
contributions offered by U.S. and foreign institutions with relatively
few resources may be less than those offered by applicants with greater
resources, all participating institutions should identify appropriate
cost-sharing. These costs may include estimated in-kind contributions.
Consistent with the review criteria listed elsewhere in this RFGP and
with specific reference to cost-sharing and institutional commitment to
cooperation, proposed cost-sharing will be considered an important
indicator of each participating institution's interest in the project
and potential to benefit from it.
A U.S. college or university must submit the proposal and must be
prepared to serve as grant recipient with responsibility for project
coordination. Proposals must include letters of commitment from all
institutional partners. Each letter must be signed by an official who
is authorized to commit institutional resources to the project.
The Bureau's support may be used to assist with the costs of the
exchange visits as well as the costs (up to a maximum of 20 percent of
the total grant) of the administration of the project at any partner
institution. However, governmental institutions except universities may
not charge administrative costs to the grant. Administrative costs
include administrative salaries and direct administrative costs but not
indirect costs. Although each grant will be awarded to a single U.S.
institutional partner, adequate provision in the proposal for the
administrative costs of the project at all non-governmental partner
institutions, including the foreign partner(s), is encouraged. More
information on partner institution eligibility in this competition is
found in this RFGP under the headings ``U.S. Partner and Participant
Eligibility'' and ``Foreign Partner and Participant Eligibility.''
Salary support for administrative activity may be included within
the 20 percent maximum. The Bureau will not fund salaries, stipends,
consultant fees or honoraria for participants from the project's
program budget. However, fees for translation services and for outside
consultants reporting on the status of project objectives are allowable
as program expenses.
The proposal may include a request for funding to reinforce the
activities of exchange participants through the establishment and
maintenance of Internet and/or electronic mail facilities as well as
through interactive technology or non-technology-based distance-
learning programs. However, the establishment and maintenance of these
facilities at governmental organizations in the U.S. or at foreign
governmental organizations other than universities is not eligible for
funding. Projects focusing primarily on technology or physical
infrastructure development are not encouraged, and the amount that may
be requested for educational and technical materials should not exceed
20 percent of the Bureau's funding for the project. Proposals that
include Internet, electronic mail, and other interactive technologies
in countries where these technologies are not easily maintained or
financed should discuss how the foreign partner institution will cover
their costs after the project ends. Applicants may propose other
project activities not specifically mentioned in this solicitation if
the activities reinforce the impact of the project.
The maximum award in the FY 2002 competition will be$120,000, with
the exceptions noted under the heading ``Foreign Country and Location
Eligibility.'' The minimum period of award is two years, and the
maximum period of award is three years. Awards may be extended on a no-
cost basis beyond the initial grant period by mutual agreement if
progress toward project goals is satisfactory. Requests for amounts
smaller than the maximum are eligible. Budgets and budget notes should
carefully justify the amounts requested. Grants awarded to
organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting
international exchange programs will be limited to $60,000.
Grants are subject to the availability of funds for FY 2002. In FY
2000, the last year for which complete data are available, 112 eligible
proposals were submitted to the College and University Affiliations
Program, and 17 awards were made. The response to Requests for Grant
Proposals for the support of partnerships in higher education has been
unusually strong in recent years while, except for the New Independent
States of the former Soviet Union, the funds available have fallen
significantly short of the demand for them. Special FY 2002 funding
with higher grant maximums and more favorable grant-to-application
ratios is expected for projects in Albania, Algeria, Kosovo,
Montenegro, the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union,
Serbia outside Kosovo, and Tunisia. Additional details are provided
under the heading ``Foreign Country and LocationEligibility.''
U.S. Institution and Participant Eligibility
The lead institution and grant recipient in the project must be an
accredited U.S. college or university. Applications from community
colleges, minority-serving institutions, undergraduate liberal arts
colleges, comprehensive universities, research universities, and
combinations of these types of institutions are eligible. The lead U.S.
organization in a consortium or other combination of cooperating
institutions is responsible for submitting the application. Each
application must document the lead organization's authority to
represent all U.S. cooperating partners. Secondary U.S. partners may
include governmental or non-governmental organizations as well as non-
profit service and professional organizations.
Applicants that have not previously received grants under an
educational partnership or affiliations program administered by the
Bureau are especially encouraged to apply. The Bureau intends to
provide at least 20 percent of the awards under the FY 2002 Educational
PartnershipsProgram to U.S. colleges and universities that have not
received funding from the Bureau under an educational partnership or
affiliations program during the previous seven fiscal years (since FY
1995). A list of previously issued educational partnership and
affiliations grants can be found on the following website: http://
With the exception of translators and outside consultants reporting
on the status of project objectives, participation is limited to
teachers, advanced graduate students, and administrators from the
participating U.S. institution(s). All participants who are funded by
the Bureau under the program budget and represent the U.S. institution
must be U.S. citizens. Advanced graduate students at the U.S.
institution(s) are eligible for support from the project only as
visiting instructors or researchers at a foreign partner institution.
Foreign Institution and Participant Eligibility
In other countries, participation is open to recognized
institutions of post-secondary education, which may include independent
relevant governmental organizations, and private non-profit
organizations with project-related educational objectives. Except for
translators and outside consultants reporting on the status of project
objectives, participation is limited to teachers, administrators,
researchers, or advanced students from the participating foreign
institution(s). Any advanced student participant must either have
teaching responsibilities or be preparing for such
responsibilities.Foreign participants must be citizens, nationals, or
permanent residents of the country of the foreign partner, and must be
both qualified to receive U.S. J-1 visas and willing to travel to the
U.S. under the provisions of a J-1 visa during the exchange visits
funded by this Program.
Foreign Country and Location Eligibility
To increase the percentage of competitive proposals that can be
funded, the number of eligible countries and locations is limited each
year. However, country eligibility is expected to rotate within most of
the following seven world regions according to the cycles outlined
below. Proposals may not include more than one country or location
except as noted below under the headings ``Western Hemisphere'' and
``South Asia.'' Countries or locations may be added to those listed in
the Request for Grant Proposals for FY 2003 and FY 2004. Separate
Requests for Grant Proposals will be issued in the spring of 2002 for
FY 2003 and in the spring of 2003 for FY 2004. Although these sections
indicate priority concerns and emphases within the world regions
listed, applicants are reminded that their proposals should outline
anticipated benefits to the U.S. partner(s) as well.
(1) New Independent States (former Soviet Union): Institutions
interested in partnerships with institutions of higher education in the
New Independent States should consult separate Requests for Grant
Proposals for the NIS College and University Partnerships Program and
for the NIS Community College Partnerships Program. For information
about these programs, contact the Humphrey Fellowships and
Institutional LinkagesBranch, Office of Global Educational Programs
(ECA/A/S/U),Room 349, U.S. Department of State, State Annex 44, 3014th
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547, phone: (202)619-5289, fax: (202)
(2) Sub-Saharan Africa: We encourage projects that will strengthen
the role of African institutions of higher education in an eligible
country's development and that will encourage increased involvement of
African universities with other local and international institutions
that contribute to African social, political or economic development.
Eligible for FY 2002: Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria,
Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Anticipated eligibility for FY2003: Nigeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and
Zambia. Subjects to be determined.
Anticipated eligibility for FY 2004: Countries and subjects to be
(3) Western Hemisphere: We encourage projects that will strengthen
civic, economic, or educational reform, or that address current issues
in journalism and media studies, public administration, or the social
sciences. Beyond the countries listed below as eligible in FY 2002, we
encourage proposals for trilateral cooperation among institutions in
the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In addition, any country in the Western
Hemisphere may be proposed in a trilateral configuration with a country
listed as eligible for this region in FY 2002. Applicants proposing to
involve partners in more than one country should ensure that there are
significant benefits to each partner in the project.
Eligible for FY 2002: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala,
Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay. Up to two of these listed
countries may be included with the U.S. in a project, and any country
in the Western Hemisphere may be included with the U.S. and any one of
the countries listed.
Anticipated Eligibility for FY2003: Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican
Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Peru, and Venezuela. Subjects to be
Anticipated eligibility for FY2004: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil,
Chile, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. Subjects to be
(4) East Asia and the Pacific: We encourage projects that will
promote democratic values and practices, that will encourage good
governance and responsible administrative practices in either the
public sector or the private sector, that will strengthen civil society
or the freedom and independence of the media, or that will help to
create more transparent, market-oriented economies.
Eligible for FY 2002: People's Republic of China, Republic of
Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan, and Thailand.
Anticipated Eligibility for FY 2003: Cambodia, People'sRepublic of
China, Indonesia, and Laos. Subjects to be determined.
Eligible for FY 2004: People's Republic of China, Malaysia,
Philippines, and Vietnam. Subjects to be determined.
(5) Europe: We encourage proposals that will equip universities to
assist with the transitions to more market-oriented economies, to
democratic political life, to a strengthened civil society, or to
responsible administrative practices in the public sector.
Eligible for FY 2002: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, and Slovakia.
Also eligible for special funding in FY 2002 in designated fields
or locations and with higher maximum awards:
Albania (political science only, maximum request $225,000), Kosovo
(civic education encouraged, public administration and business
administration not encouraged, maximum request$240,000), Montenegro
(public administration or business administration only, maximum request
$180,000), Serbia outside Kosovo (maximum request $180,000, projects
encouraged with institutions outside Belgrade).
Anticipated Eligibility for FY 2003: Former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia, Poland, and Romania. Subjects to be determined.
Anticipated Eligibility for FY 2004: Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Turkey. Subjects to be determined.
(6) North Africa and the Middle East: We encourage projects that
will strengthen civil society, support the development of university-
based programs in American Studies or the Teaching of English, support
economic development, or encourage responsible, transparent
administration in the public sector.
Eligible for FY 2002: Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, and United Arab
Also eligible for special funding in FY 2002 in designated
countries and with higher maximum awards: Algeria (maximum request
$215,000), Tunisia (maximum request $180,000). Projects with Algeria
and Tunisia should contribute to economic modernization in the
Anticipated Eligibility for FY 2003: Algeria, Gaza, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia, and West Bank. Subjects to be determined.
Anticipated Eligibility for FY 2004: Israel, Jordan, Kuwait,
Morocco, and Oman. Subjects to be determined.
(7) South Asia: We encourage projects that will promote the
development of good governance and responsible administrative practices
in either the public sector or the private sector, that will strengthen
educational or economic institutions, or that will address issues of
social or religious diversity. Due to
the relatively small number of proposals submitted for South Asia in
recent years, proposals in FY 2002 may include more than one of the
South Asian countries listed in this section. Proposals involving
partners in more than one country should ensure that the anticipated
benefits of the project to each partner are significant.
Eligible for FY 2002: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri
Anticipated eligibility for FY 2003 and FY 2004: Countries and
subjects to be determined.
A proposal may be deemed technically ineligible if:
(1) It does not fully adhere to the guidelines established in this
document and in the Solicitation Package;
(2) It is not received by the deadline;
(3) It is not submitted by the U.S. partner;
(4) One of the partner institutions is ineligible;
(5) The foreign country or geographic location is ineligible.
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 UnitedStates 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 cited above is provided through the Fulbright-Hays Act.
Additional funding may be provided through separate appropriations that
may be made available to the Bureau to support international
Projects must conform with the Bureau's requirements and guidelines
outlined in the solicitation package for this RFGP. The Project
Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (hereafter, POGI) and the Project
Specific Instructions (hereafter, PSI), which contain additional
guidelines, are included in the Solicitation Package. Proposals that do
not follow RFGP requirements and the guidelines appearing in the POGI
and PSI may be excluded from consideration due to technical
Announcement Title and Number
All communications with the Bureau concerning this announcement
should refer to the Educational Partnerships Program and reference
Deadline for Proposals
All copies must be received at the Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs by 5 p.m. Washington, D.C. time on Friday, January 11,
2002. Faxed documents will not be accepted (although faxed letters of
commitment from non-U.S. institutional partners may be submitted as
part of the original proposal), nor will documents postmarked on
Friday, January 11, 2002 but received on a later date.
Approximate Grant Duration
Grant activities should begin on or about September 16, 2002.
For Further Information
To request a solicitation package, contact the HumphreyFellowships
and Institutional Linkages Branch (EducationalPartnerships Program);
Office of Global EducationalPrograms; Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs; ECA/A/S/U, Room 349; U.S. Department of State; SA-44,
301 Fourth Street, SW.; Washington, DC 20547; phone: (202) 619-5289,
fax: (202) 401-1433. The Solicitation Package includes more detailed
award criteria, all application forms, and guidelines for preparing
proposals, including specific criteria for preparation of the proposal
budget. Applicants desiring more information may send a message to one
of the following Educational Partnerships regional program officers:
For Africa and the Middle East: Mary LouJohnson-Pizarro, e-mail:
email@example.com; for the Western Hemisphere and Europe outside
the NIS: Maria Urbina, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; and for East Asia
and South Asia: Joan Zaffarano, e-mail: email@example.com.
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.
Prospective applicants should read the complete Request for Grant
Proposals as published in the Federal Register and available on the
Bureau's website before addressing inquiries to the Educational
Partnerships Program staff or submitting their proposals. Once the RFGP
deadline has passed, Department staff may not discuss this competition
in any way with applicants until the Bureau proposal review process has
Applicants must follow all instructions given in the Solicitation
Package. The original and 10 copies of the complete application should
be sent by the project's lead U.S. college or university to:U.S.
Department of State,SA-44, Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs,Ref: ECA/A/S/U-02-01,Program Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room
534,301 4th Street, SW.,Washington, DC 20547.
Applicants must also submit the ``Proposal Title
Sheet,''``Executive Summary,'' and ``Proposal Narrative'' sections of
the proposal as e-mail attachments in Microsoft Word (preferred),
WordPerfect, or as ASCII text files to the following e-mail address:
firstname.lastname@example.org. In the e-mail message subject line, include
the following: ECA/A/S/U-02-01 and the country or countries of the
foreign partner(s) together with the names of the U.S. and foreign
partner institutions. To reduce the time needed to obtain advisory
comments from the Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies overseas
and from binational Fulbright Commissions, the Bureau will transmit
these files electronically to these offices.
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 may be deemed
ineligible if they do not fully adhere to the guidelines stated herein
and in the SolicitationPackage. All eligible proposals will be
evaluated by independent external reviewers. These reviewers, who will
be professional, scholarly, or educational experts with appropriate
regional and thematic knowledge, will provide recommendations and
assessments for consideration by the Bureau. The Bureau will consider
for funding only those proposals which are recommended for funding by
the independent external reviewers.
Proposals may also be reviewed by the Office of the Legal Advisor
or by other offices of the U.S. Department of State. In addition, U.S.
Embassy or binational Fulbright Commission officers may provide
advisory comment. Funding decisions will be made at the discretion of
the Department of State's Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational
and Cultural Affairs. Final technical authority for assistance awards
(grants or cooperative agreements) will reside with the Bureau's grants
All reviewers will use the criteria below to reach funding
recommendations and decisions. Technically eligible applications will
be reviewed competitively according to these criteria, which are not
rank-ordered or weighted.
(1) Broad and Enduring Significance of InstitutionalObjectives:
Project objectives should have significant and ongoing results for the
participating institutions and for their surrounding societies or
communities by providing a deepened understanding of critical issues in
one or more of the eligible fields. Project objectives should relate
clearly to institutional and societal needs.
(2) Creativity and Feasibility of Strategy to Achieve Project
Objectives: Strategies to achieve project objectives should be feasible
and realistic within the projected budget and timeframe. These
strategies should utilize and reinforce exchange activities creatively
to ensure an efficient use of program resources.
(3) Institutional Commitment to Cooperation: Proposals should
demonstrate significant understanding by each institution of its own
needs and capacities and of the needs and capacities of its proposed
partner(s), together with a strong commitment by the partner
institutions, during and after the period of grant activity, to
cooperate with one another in the mutual pursuit of institutional
(4) Project Evaluation: Proposals should outline a methodology for
determining the degree to which a project meets its objectives, both
while the project is underway and at its conclusion. The final project
evaluation should include an external component and should provide
observations about the project's influence within the participating
institutions as well as their surrounding communities or societies.
(5) Cost-effectiveness: Administrative and program costs should be
reasonable and appropriate with cost-sharing provided by all
participating institutions within the context of their respective
capacities. We view cost-sharing as a reflection of institutional
commitment to the project. Although indirect costs are eligible for
inclusion as cost-sharing by the applicant, contributions should not be
limited to indirect costs.
(6) Support of Diversity: Proposals should demonstrate substantive
support of the Bureau's policy on diversity by explaining how issues of
diversity are included in project objectives for all institutional
partners. Issues resulting from differences of race, ethnicity, gender,
religion, geography, socio-economic status, or physical challenge
should be addressed during project implementation. In addition, project
participants and administrators should reflect the diversity within the
societies which they represent (see the section of this document on
``Diversity, Freedom, and DemocracyGuidelines''). Proposals should also
discuss how the various institutional partners approach diversity
issues in their respective communities or societies.
The terms and conditions published in this RFGP are binding and may
not be modified by any StateDepartment representative. Explanatory
information provided by the Department of State 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 22, 2001.
Helena Kane Finn,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and CulturalAffairs,
Department of State.
[FR Doc. 01-16703 Filed 7-3-01; 8:45 am]
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