[Federal Register: February 7, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 26)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
[Public Notice 3905]
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Request for Grant
Proposals: Central and East European Exchanges and Training Programs
for Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo,
Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the Slovak Republic,
SUMMARY: The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for Central and East
European Exchanges and Training Programs. Public and private non-profit
organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code
section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to conduct training
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) invites
applicants to submit proposals that encourage the growth of democratic
institutions in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia,
Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the
Slovak Republic, and Slovenia. Exchanges and training programs
supported by institutional grants from ECA 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 and volunteer responsibilities.
Strong proposals usually have the following characteristics: an
active, existing partnership between a U.S. organization and an in-
country institution(s); a proven track record for conducting successful
program activity; cost-sharing from U.S. and in-country sources,
including donations of air fare, hotel and/or housing costs, ground
transportation, interpreters, room rentals, etc.; experienced staff
with language ability; a clear, convincing plan outlining exactly how
the program components will be carried out and how permanent results
will be achieved as a result of the grant; and a follow-on plan that
extends beyond the ECA grant period. Knowledge of the current
technological capacity (Internet connectivity, e-mail, hardware and
software) of in-country partners and their countries and/or regions,
and a description of the role of technology in the proposed program,
are essential. Cost sharing, which should be included in the budget,
must be in tangible forms, both in-kind and monetary. Cost sharing may
be contributed to the program by the prospective grantee institution,
in-country partners and by third party sources.
Unless otherwise specified below: (1) Program activity may include:
``training of trainers (TOT),'' internships, short-term training,
consultations, site visits, workshops; and (2) programming may take
place in the United States or, when possible, in the target
country(ies), or in both. Proposals should reflect a practical
understanding of the current political, economic and social environment
that is relevant to the theme addressed in the proposal. In order to
avoid the duplication of activities and programs, proposals should also
indicate knowledge of similar projects being conducted in the region.
Applicants are expected to identify the U.S. and in-country partner
organizations and individuals with whom they are proposing to
collaborate and describe in detail previous cooperative projects
undertaken by the organizations/individuals. Specific information about
in-country partners' activities and accomplishments is required and
should be included in the section on ``Institutional Capacity.''
Resumes for individuals mentioned in the proposal should be provided,
including proposed U.S. and in-country staff, trainers, consultants,
etc. Letters of support from partner organizations as well as
internship and site visit hosts should be included in the proposal.
Programs should be designed so that the sharing of information and
training that occurs during the grant period will continue long after
the grant period is over. Proven methods of sustainability include, but
are not limited to: a model TOT program that would include initial
training, practice presentation sessions for the in-country
participants, followed by training activities coordinated and
implemented by the in-country participants in their home countries; a
commitment to create or support in-country training/resource centers;
plans to create coalitions, professional interests groups, networks, or
associations; regularly published electronic and/or hard-copy
newsletters; and ongoing mentoring through Internet communication.
All proposals should include a discussion of the follow-on
activities that will continue after the USG funding period is over.
Grants awarded to eligible organizations with less than four years
of experience in conducting international exchange programs will be
limited to $60,000.
To be eligible for a grant award under this competition, the
proposed training and exchange programs must address one of the
following specific themes for regional projects or single country
projects, as specified.
Prevention of Trafficking in Women and Girls--Regional
Project--Must include all of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia-
Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania,
Diplomatic Training--Single Country Project: Must target
Macedonia or Romania
Professional Internships--Projects for Bulgaria, Hungary,
Poland, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia (please see topics and country
Prevention of Trafficking in Women and Girls
Trafficking in Women and Girls has become a widespread problem in
Southeastern Europe (SEE). In June 2001 the U.S. Department of State
released its first report on the issue of trafficking in persons
worldwide. (Please see http://www.state.gov/g/inl/rls/tiprpt/2001/.)
The need to educate and inform communities, lawmakers and media
representatives has become imperative to prevent women and girls from
falling victim to trafficking in the SEE region.
The Bureau seeks proposals that provide training and capacity
building to individuals and communities in the SEE region to help
combat trafficking in women and girls. Programs should be regional in
focus and should include cross-border efforts to ensure integration of
efforts and cooperation among SEE countries. To avoid duplication of
efforts, applicants should be familiar with the International
Organization for Migration and the UNHCR's programs as well as
indigenous SEE NGOs' programs to combat trafficking. Priority will be
given to programs that propose to reach risk groups where anti-
trafficking initiatives have been limited or
nonexistent. Proposals may address multiple themes listed below.
Applicants should expect to work closely with the Public Affairs
Sections of the U.S. Embassies in SEE on coordination of all
activities, including participant selection.
Areas of Focus
Bilateral exchange and training programs that may address public
awareness, victim assistance, reintegration and/or occupational
1. The Bureau is seeking two-way exchange programs that will
educate the U.S. and SEE citizenries on the issue of trafficking. Many
NGOs in SEE have been confronting the issue of trafficking and have
much to share with their U.S. counterparts. Given that many women are
now being trafficked into the United States, it is important that U.S.
relief and assistance organizations are exposed to effective prevention
and assistance programs in SEE. SEE participants in turn will benefit
from exposure to U.S. models for job training and life skills
management programs, peer education and economic assistance programs as
well as models for successful advocacy and fundraising campaigns on the
issue. Participants may be leaders of NGOs, community leaders, teachers
and school administrators and local government officials. Follow-up
workshops/on site consultations in the region are encouraged after the
U.S.-based training. Programs may focus on developing participants'
skills to establish job training programs and centers in the region,
but funding may not be used for the establishment of the centers.
Successful proposals will offer hands-on training, including shadowing
and internship opportunities, as well as the development of action
plans, publications, web-based information and/or other products that
can be accessed easily by the general public.
2. Training and exchanges of SEE media representatives: The Bureau
seeks proposals that will provide hands-on training to SEE journalists
to ensure widespread, accurate media coverage on the issue of
trafficking, to raise media professionals' awareness of the issue, and
to train journalists to cover the issue of trafficking without
stigmatizing victims. Workshops and on-site consultations at media
outlets in the region are strongly encouraged. U.S.-based training may
also be proposed when appropriate. Target participants may include
media managers, editors and journalists. Successful proposals will
include plans for interactive training, as well as the development of
action plans, publications, web-based information and/or other results-
oriented products that media representatives may access.
3. Training and exchanges of parliamentarians and other government
officials: The Bureau welcomes proposals that will encourage members of
parliament and other government officials to take an active stand
against trafficking in the SEE region. Proposals should focus on how
government should enforce and/or improve laws against trafficking.
Proposals should outline a strategy on how governments in the region
can increase information sharing among the SEE governments on the issue
and cooperate to close down trafficking routes in the region. Proposals
should also address how training will encourage cooperative and
complementary efforts among government, the media and the NGO community
regarding the issue. Two-way exchanges and follow-up workshops in the
region are strongly encouraged. The Bureau is interested in results-
oriented proposals that include regional action plans, publications and
other work products that will serve to educate government officials
throughout the SEE region regarding the issue of trafficking.
Funding: The total funding available for prevention of trafficking
programs is $989,450. The Bureau anticipates awarding 4-6 proposals for
this competition, averaging approximately $60,000-$215,000 each.
The Bureau is seeking proposals that will offer training to
representatives of Macedonia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
Programs will offer training and assistance to the Macedonian MFA to
help establish a unified foreign policy in the face of ethnic and
political divisions and to create a professional, multi-ethnic
Macedonian foreign service that can represent the country abroad.
Macedonian diplomats, including deputy chiefs of mission and other
senior, mid-level and junior officials, should be trained in the
essentials of foreign policy formulation. Training will be based on
courses offered to U.S. diplomats and will incorporate such practical
and substantive themes as: international politics (including
international organizations and lending institutions); the structure
and operation of an embassy; professional ethics; management skills;
analytical reporting; negotiation skills; media relations and public
diplomacy; trade promotion; management of VIP visits and other relevant
The program should include in-country training as well as training
in the United States. Program activity may incorporate training-of-
trainers, workshops, internships and site visits and should reflect a
practical understanding of the current political, economic and social
climate in Macedonia. Training should balance formal presentations,
discussions and group exercises and should be targeted at diplomats
with a wide range of experience, including some who are new to the
profession. The Macedonian MFA will nominate participants. The U.S.
Embassy in Skopje will make final participant selection. Applicants are
required to work closely with the Public Affairs Section in Skopje
during all program planning and implementation. Language issues must
also be addressed throughout the proposal.
Funding: The total funding available for Diplomatic Training in
Macedonia is $239,375. The Bureau anticipates awarding one grant.
The Bureau is seeking proposals that will provide consultative
support and professional training for the staff and faculty of the
Diplomatic Academy (DA) in Bucharest. The objectives of the project
--To improve the existing training of new foreign service officers;
--To develop advanced training programs for mid- and senior-level
--To develop short-term academic courses in international affairs to be
offered to Romanian government employees and employees of Romanian
--To establish a documentation center for the DA;
--To establish a system for evaluating work performance at DA which
will help the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in determining
assignments and promotions of diplomats.
Currently, the only activity that the DA conducts is beginning-
level training for new foreign service officers. There is one class per
year composed of about fifteen freshman foreign service officers. The
nine-month course is composed of six months of theoretical instruction
at the academy followed by three months of practical training somewhere
else in the MFA, which oversees the work of the DA.
The following program activities should be proposed:
An Initial Needs Assessment of the DA by a U.S. Consultant
A needs assessment of the DA should be carried out in the opening
weeks of the program. Specific recommendations will be provided to the
Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest. These
recommendations will, in turn, be shared with the MFA.
US-Based Training Visit(s) for Faculty/Staff of the DA
The grantee organization will organize short-term U.S.-based
training for key DA staff in order to allow them to: (1) Improve the
existing training that it provides to new foreign service officers, (2)
develop training courses for mid- and senior-level diplomats, and (3)
develop and implement a mechanism for evaluating work performance to
help in determining diplomat assignments and promotions. Further, U.S.-
based training may be proposed for the DA staff that will be setting up
the documentation center.
Visit(s) to DA by U.S. Trainers and/or Grantee Coordinators
The in-country components should be proposed for American experts
who will: (1) Provide follow-on consultations and assess the
effectiveness of the U.S.-based training on developing curriculum and
courses for DA, (2) develop courses on international relations, and (3)
assist with the establishment of the DA's documentation center.
Based on the finds of the initial needs assessment, reasonable
requests for basic office equipment, such as a computer, printer, or
scanner, may be proposed for the documentation center.
Applicants will be required to work very closely with PAS/Bucharest
throughout the program, including the recruitment and selection of
Funding: The total funding available for Diplomatic training in
Romania is $137,250. The Bureau anticipates awarding one grant.
The Bureau is seeking proposals that provide community based, four-
to six-week practical training opportunities with home-stays in the
United States on the topics listed below. The objectives of the
exchanges are to provide participants with exposure to the day-to-day
functioning of a democratic, free market system and create links
between U.S. and CEE regions and communities. Projects may also include
in-country components that send American experts to conduct or co-
conduct workshops or consultancies. These activities may be held in a
central location or in individual countries. Participants in the
internship components must speak English; interpreters may be used at
Proposals should address one of the following themes and include
the countries listed beside each topic.
1. Public Administration Focusing on Transparency at the Local Level--
Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic,Slovenia (Must Include All
Projects should examine transparency and freedom of information
issues for local governments and NGOS.
2. Tolerance, Pluralism and Diversity--Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland,
Slovak Republic (Must Include All Countries)
Projects should examine approaches taken by NGO, government and
education leaders to promote tolerance and protect the rights of
Funding: The total funding available for Professional Internships
is approximately $400,000. The Bureau anticipates awarding 2-3 grants
for this competition. Although no set funding limit exists, proposals
for less than $150,000 will receive preference.
Guidelines: Subject to the availability of funds, ECA anticipates
that grant will begin in August, 2002.
Selection of Participants
Except when the U.S. Embassies' Public Affairs Sections will
nominate participants, a competitive selection process is required. The
majority of proposals should include a description of an open, merit-
based participant selection process, including advertising, recruitment
and selection. A sample application should be submitted with the
proposal. Applicants should expect to carry out the entire selection
process, with the understanding that ECA and the Public Affairs
Sections of the U.S. Embassies abroad must be consulted during the
recruitment and selection procedures. ECA and the U.S. Embassies retain
the right to nominate participants and to approve or reject
participants recommended by the grantee institution. Priority must be
given to foreign participants who have not traveled to the United
Foreign participants on programs sponsored by ECA are granted J-1
Exchange Visitor visas by the U.S. Embassy in the sending country. All
programs must comply with J-1 visa regulations. Please refer to the
Proposal SubmissionInstructions (PSI) for further information.
Applicants must submit a comprehensive line item budget based on
the model in the Proposal Submission Instructions, but are encouraged
to provide the optional separate sub-budgets for each program
component, location or activity in order to facilitate decisions on
funding. Applicants should include a budget narrative or budget notes
for clarification of each line item.
Cost sharing: Since ECA's grant assistance constitutes only a
portion of total project funding, proposals should list and provide
evidence of other sources of cost sharing, including financial and in-
kind support. Proposals with substantial private sector support from
foundations, corporations, and other institutions will be considered
highly competitive. Please refer to the statement on cost sharing in
the Proposal Submission Instructions.
The Following Program Costs Are Eligible for Funding Consideration
1. Transportation. International and domestic airfares (per the Fly
America Act), transit costs, ground transportation costs, and visas for
U.S. participants (visas for ECA-supported participants from Central
and Eastern Europe to travel to the U.S. are issued at no charge).
2. Per Diem. For U.S.-based programming, organizations should use
the published Federal per diem rates for individual U.S. cities. For
activities in Europe and Eurasia, ECA strongly encourages applicants to
budget realistic costs that reflect the local economy. Domestic per
diem rates may be accessed at: http://www.policyworks.gov/ and foreign
per diem rates can be accessed at: http://www.state.gov/www/perdiems/
3. Interpreters. Local interpreters with adequate skills and
experience may be used for program activities. Typically, one
interpreter is provided for every four visitors who require
interpreting, with a minimum of two interpreters. ECA grants do not pay
for foreign interpreters to accompany delegations from their home
country. Salary costs for local interpreters must be included in the
budget. Costs associated with using their services may not exceed rates
for U.S. Department of State interpreters. ECA strongly encourages
applicants to use local interpreters. U.S.
Department of State Interpreters may be used for highly technical
programs with the approval of the Office of Citizen Exchanges. Proposal
budgets should contain a flat$170/day per diem for each U.S. Department
of State interpreter, as well as home-program-home air transportation
of $400 per interpreter, reimbursements for taxi fares, plus any other
transportation expenses during the program. Salary expenses are covered
centrally and should not be part of an applicant's proposed budget.
4. Book and cultural allowance. Foreign participants are entitled
to a one-time cultural allowance of $150 per person, plus a book
allowance of $50. Interpreters should be reimbursed up to $150 for
expenses when they escort participants to cultural events. U.S. program
staff, trainers or participants are not eligible to receive these
5. Consultants. Consultants may be used to provide specialized
expertise or to make presentations. Daily honoraria cannot exceed $250
per day. Subgrantees may also be used, in which case the written
agreement between the prospective grantee and the subgrantee should be
included in the proposal. Subgrants should be itemized in the budget.
6. Room rental. Room rental may not exceed $250 per day.
7. Materials development. Proposals may contain costs to purchase,
develop and translate materials for participants.
ECA strongly discourages the use of automatic translation software
for the preparation of training materials or any information
distributed to the group of participants or network of organizations.
Costs for good-quality translation of materials should be anticipated
and included in the budget. Grantee organizations should expect to
submit a copy of all program materials to ECA.
8. Equipment. Proposals may contain costs to purchase equipment for
Europe/Eurasia-based programming such as computers, fax machines and
copy machines. Costs for furniture are not allowed. Equipment costs
must be kept to a minimum.
9. Working meal. Only one working meal may be provided during the
program. Per capita costs may not exceed $5-8 for a lunch and $14-20
for a dinner, excluding room rental. The number of invited guests may
not exceed participants by more than a factor of two-to-one.
Interpreters must be included as participants.
10. Return travel allowance. A return travel allowance of $70 for
each foreign participant may be included in the budget. The allowance
may be used for incidental expenses incurred during international
11. Health Insurance. Foreign participants will be covered under
the terms of a Bureau-sponsored health insurance policy. The premium is
paid by ECA directly to the insurance company. Applicants are permitted
to include costs for travel insurance for U.S. participants in the
12. Administrative Costs. Costs necessary for the effective
administration of the program may include salaries for grantee
organization employees, benefits, and other direct and indirect costs
per detailed instructions in the Application Package. While there is no
rigid ratio of administrative to program costs, priority will be given
to proposals whose administrative costs are less than twenty-five (25)
per cent of the total requested from ECA. Proposals should show strong
administrative cost-sharing contributions from the applicant, the in-
country partner and other sources.
Please refer to the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) for
complete budget guidelines.
Announcement Title and Number
All correspondence with ECA concerning this RFGP should reference
the above title and number ECA/PE/C/EUR-02-60.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
By mail: United States Department of State, SA-44, Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges (ECA/PE/
C), Room 220, Washington, DC 20547,
attn: Central and Eastern European Exchanges & Training Programs
By phone: Tel: (202) 619-5328 (Kendra Davis), (202) 619-5327
(Henry Scott); or (202) 619-5330 (Michael George); fax: 202-619-4350
By e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Interested applicants may request an application package that is
composed of the Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP), the Proposal
Submission Instructions (PSI), and the Bureau's Diversity Flyer. Please
specify Kendra Davis, Henry Scott, or Michael George on all inquiries
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
To Download a Solicitation Package Via Internet
The Solicitation Package may be downloaded from ECA's Web site 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, DC time on April 12, 2002.
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
Applicants must follow all instructions in the Solicitation
Package. The original and eight copies (unbound) of the application
should be sent to: U.S. Department of State, SA-44, Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs, Ref.: ECA/PE/C/EUR-02-60, Program
Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room 534, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC
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 section 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 CulturalAffairs. Final technical authority for
assistance awards cooperative agreements 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 evaluation:
1. Program Planning and Ability to Achieve Objectives: Program
objectives should be stated clearly and precisely and should reflect
the applicant's expertise in the subject area and the region.
Objectives should respond to the priority topics in this announcement
and should relate to the current conditions in the included countries.
Objectives should be reasonable and attainable. A detailed work plan
should explain step-by-step how objectives will be achieved and should
include a timetable for completion of major tasks. The substance of
workshops, internships, seminars, presentations and/or consulting
should be described in detail. Sample training schedules should be
outlined. Responsibilities of in-country partners should be clearly
2. Institutional Capacity: The proposal should include (1) The U.S.
institution's mission and date of establishment (2) detailed
information about the subgrantee's or in-country partner institution's
capacity and the history of the U.S. and in-country partnership (3) an
outline of prior awards-- U.S. government and private support received
for the target theme/region (4) descriptions of experienced staff
members who will implement the program. Proposed personnel and
institutional resources should be adequate and appropriate to achieve
the program's goals. The narrative should demonstrate proven ability to
handle logistics. The proposal should reflect the institution's
expertise in the subject area and knowledge of the conditions in the
3. Cost Effectiveness and Cost Sharing: Overhead and administrative
costs for the proposal, including salaries, honoraria and subcontracts
for services, should be kept to a minimum. Priority will be given to
proposals whose administrative costs are less than twenty-five (25) per
cent of the total funds requested from ECA. Applicants are encouraged
to cost share a portion of overhead and administrative expenses. Cost-
sharing, including contributions from the applicant, the in-country
partner, and other sources should be included in the budget.
4. Program Evaluation: Proposals must include a plan and
methodology to evaluate the program's successes, both as the activities
unfold and at the program's conclusion. ECA recommends that the
proposal include a draft survey questionnaire or other technique (such
as a series of questions for a focus group). The evaluation plan should
show a clear link between program objectives and expected outcomes in
the short- and medium-term, and provide a well-thought-out description
of performance indicators and measurement tools.
5. Multiplier Effect/Impact: Proposals should show how the program
will strengthen long-term mutual understanding and institutionalization
of program goals. Applicants should describe how responsibility and
ownership of the program will be transferred to the in-country
participants to ensure continued activity and impact. Programs that
include convincing plans for sustainability will be given top priority.
6. Follow-on Activities: Proposals should provide a plan for
continued follow-on activity (beyond ECA grant period) ensuring that
the ECA-supported programs are not isolated events. Follow-on
activities should be clearly outlined.
7. Support of Diversity: Proposals should demonstrate substantive
support of ECA's policy on diversity. Program content (orientation,
evaluation, program sessions, resource materials, follow-on activities)
and program administration(selection process, orientation, evaluation)
should address diversity in a comprehensive and innovative manner.
Applicants should refer to ECA's Diversity, Freedom and Democracy
Guidelines on page four of the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI).
Overall grant making authority for this program is contained in the
Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, Pub. L. 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 authorities for the
programs above are provided through the Fulbright-Hays Act and the
Support for East EuropeanDemocracy (SEED) Act of 1989.
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 31, 2002.
Patricia S. Harrison,
Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S.
Department of State.
[FR Doc. 02-3006 Filed 2-6-02; 8:45 am]
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