[Federal Register: April 18, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 75)]
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
[Public Notice 3992]
Request for Grant Proposals: Fulbright Educational Partnerships
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 Fulbright Educational Partnerships Program.
Accredited, post-secondary educational institutions meeting the
provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3)
may apply to pursue institutional or departmental objectives in
partnership with foreign counterpart institutions with support from the
Fulbright Educational Partnerships Program. These objectives should
support the overall goals of the Program: to strengthen the
understanding of the United States in foreign cultures and societies,
and to strengthen the understanding of foreign cultures and societies
in the United States, by encouraging cooperation between U.S. and
foreign educational institutions on subjects of enduring common
interest to the United States, to the other countries, and to the
institutions participating in the Program. Proposals to increase the
understanding of the United States in countries and societies with
significantly Islamic populations are especially encouraged this fiscal
year, as are proposals to increase the understanding of these countries
and societies in the United States.
The Bureau's primary support for institutional academic linkages at
the tertiary level was provided previously under programs known as the
College and University Affiliations Program and the Educational
Partnerships Program. The Fulbright Educational Partnerships Program is
a new program carrying forward the traditions of its predecessors. As
in any Fulbright exchange activity, the successful pursuit of project
objectives will depend on the commitment of participants and their
institutions to understand one another and their respective approaches
to critical issues requiring international cooperation. Partners under
this Program will be considered ``Fulbright institutional partners'' by
the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
The U.S. and foreign institutions of current and former Fulbright
grantees are encouraged to submit proposals that build on the
achievements of the individual Fulbrighters and extend their impact
through broadened cooperation between the Fulbright host institution
and the one to which the individual participant returns at the
conclusion of the grant period. Other college and university teachers,
researchers, and administrators are also encouraged to build on their
knowledge of educational needs in the U.S. and foreign countries
through institutional cooperation with support from the Fulbright
Educational Partnerships Program. The review criteria outlined in this
document emphasize the importance of mutual commitment and shared
benefits. Proposals that do not benefit all institutional partners are
not appropriate to this Program. 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 Fulbright Educational Partnerships Program
clearly in mind.
Other RFGPs for educational partnerships may also be published this
This RFGP for the Fulbright Educational Partnerships Program does
not prescribe specific project objectives, but establishes the
parameters within which applicants are invited to propose projects.
Proposals should explain how project activities will enable
participants to achieve specific institutional changes. 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 whole.
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 outreach to
educators, professional groups, or the general public; 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
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 to
explain 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.
A U.S. college or university must submit the proposal and must be
prepared to serve as the 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 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.
Proposed cost-sharing will be considered an important indicator of each
participating institution's interest in the project and potential to
benefit from it.
The Bureau's support may be used to assist with the costs of the
exchange visits as well as the costs of the administration of the
project. U.S. administrative costs that may be covered by the Bureau
include administrative salaries, participant replacement costs, and
other direct administrative costs but not indirect costs. In addition
to the U.S. administrative costs, the cost of administering the project
at the foreign partner organization(s) is eligible for support by the
Bureau and may be listed within the program budget. Adequate provision
in the proposal for the administrative costs of the project at all non-
governmental partner institutions, including the foreign partner(s), is
strongly encouraged especially if the foreign partner has relatively
few resources. More information on partner institution eligibility in
this competition is found in this RFGP under the headings ``U.S.
Institution and Participant Eligibility'' and ``Foreign Country and
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. Funding may not be used for the establishment or
maintenance of these facilities at governmental organizations in the
U.S. or at foreign governmental organizations other than universities.
Projects focusing primarily on technology or physical infrastructure
development are not eligible for consideration under this competition.
The funding requested for educational and technical materials in
support of project activities should not exceed approximately 20
percent of the Bureau's funding for the project. Proposals with
distance learning components should describe pertinent course delivery
methods, audiences, and technical requirements. 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.
See the associated document entitled ``Project Objectives, Goals,
and Implementation'' for additional information on the funding the
Bureau may provide and on restrictions and maximum amounts that apply
to certain budget categories.
Applicants may propose other project activities not specifically
mentioned in this solicitation if the activities reinforce the impact
of the project.
Pending the availability of FY 2003 funds, the maximum award in the
FY 2003 competition will be $120,000. The minimum period of award is
two years, and the maximum period of award is three years. 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.
The response to Requests for Grant Proposals for the support of
partnerships in higher education has been unusually strong in recent
years. In FY 2001, the last year for which complete data are available,
99 eligible proposals were submitted to the College and University
Affiliations Program, and 17 awards were made.
Foreign Country and Location Eligibility
The eligibility of foreign countries and locations varies from year
to year. Proposals may not include more than one listed country or
location except as noted below under the headings ``Western
Hemisphere'' and ``South Asia.'' 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. Proposals to increase the
understanding of the United States
in countries and societies with significantly Islamic populations are
especially encouraged, as are proposals to increase the understanding
of these countries and societies in the United States.
(1) Europe/Eurasia: We encourage proposals that will promote deeper
understanding in the United States of social, cultural, and economic
conditions in eligible European countries, and a deeper understanding
in these countries of social, cultural, and economic conditions in the
United States. We also encourage proposals that will equip universities
in eligible European countries to support more market-oriented
economies, democratic political life, civil society, or responsible
administrative practices in the public sector.
Eligible for FY 2003: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,
Poland, Romania, and Turkey.
In addition, pending availability of FY2003 funding, it is
anticipated that a separate Request for Grant Proposals under the
FREEDOM Support Educational Partnerships Program (which combines two
programs formerly known as the NIS College and University Partnerships
Program and the NIS Community College Partnerships Program) will appear
for this fiscal year on the State Department website at http://
exchanges.state.gov/education/rfgps. For information about the FREEDOM
Support Educational Partnerships Program, which supports partnerships
with countries previously recognized as belonging to the Soviet Union,
contact the Humphrey Fellowships and Institutional Linkages Branch,
Office of Global Educational Programs (ECA/A/S/U), Room 349, U.S.
Department of State, State Annex 44, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington,
DC 20547, phone: (202) 619-5289, fax: (202) 401-1433.
(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 FY2003: Nigeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Senegal, and
(3) Western Hemisphere: We encourage projects that will strengthen
civic or administrative reform, with special interest in economic
reform, educational development, journalism, and media studies.
Eligible for FY 2003: Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic,
Ecuador, Haiti, Peru, and Venezuela. Up to two of these listed
countries may be included with the U.S. in a project.
(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 2003: Cambodia, People's Republic of China,
Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines (with special interest in
projects involving Mindanao), and Taiwan.
(5) North Africa and the Middle East: We encourage projects that
will increase the understanding of Islamic cultures and societies in
the United States, and the understanding of U.S. culture and society in
the Islamic world. We also encourage projects that will strengthen
civil society in eligible foreign countries, that will support economic
development, or that will encourage responsible, transparent
administration in the public sector.
Eligible for FY 2003: Algeria, Bahrain, Gaza, Egypt, Jordan,
Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and West
(6) South Asia: We encourage projects that will increase the
understanding of South Asian cultures and societies in the United
States, and the understanding of the U.S. culture and society in South
Asia. We also encourage projects that will promote the development of
good governance and responsible administrative practices in either the
public sector or the private sector in an eligible country; that will
provide wider access to education; or that will address issues of
social or religious diversity.
Eligible for FY 2003: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.
Up to two of these countries may be included with the U.S. in a
The following fields are eligible:
--The social, political, and economic sciences;
--Area and language studies, including American Studies;
--Educational development or administration;
--The fine arts;
--Journalism and media studies;
--Public health policy and administration.
Projects in the physical, technical, and medical sciences are not
eligible except when pertaining directly to health policy and
administration. Additional information on themes of interest in
specific world regions may be found under the heading ``Foreign Country
and Location Eligibility.''
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, institutions serving significant minority populations,
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 at
the federal, state, or local levels as well as non-profit service,
community and professional organizations.
New applicants are especially encouraged to apply. Pending the
availability of FY 2003 funds, the Bureau intends to provide at least
20 percent of the awards under the FY 2003 Fulbright Educational
Partnerships Program 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
1996). 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 evaluators,
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
who 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 as visiting instructors or researchers at a foreign
Foreign Institution and Participant Eligibility
In other countries, participation is open to recognized
institutions of post-
secondary education, including state-supported and independent
universities, research institutes, relevant governmental organizations,
and private non-profit organizations with project-related educational
objectives. Except for translators and evaluators, participation is
limited to teachers, administrators, researchers, or advanced students
from the participating foreign institution(s). Any advanced student
participant must either have teaching or research responsibilities or
be preparing for such responsibilities. Foreign participants 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 participants may not be U.S. citizens.
A proposal will be deemed technically ineligible for consideration
(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 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 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. Proposals that do
not follow RFGP requirements and the guidelines appearing in the POGI
and PSI will be excluded from consideration due to technical
Announcement Title and Number
All communications with the Bureau concerning this announcement
should refer to the Fulbright Educational Partnerships Program and
reference number ECA/A/S/U-03-01.
Deadline for Proposals
All copies must be received at the Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs by 5 p.m. Washington, DC time on Friday, November 22,
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, November 22, 2002 but received on a later date.
Approximate Grant Duration
Pending the availability of funds, grant activities should begin on
or about September 1, 2003 and should be planned to extend over a
period of two to three years.
To Download a Solicitation Package via Internet
Projects must conform with the Bureau's requirements and guidelines
outlined in the Solicitation Package for this RFGP. 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. The Solicitation Package includes
the Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (hereafter, POGI) and
the Proposal Submission Instructions (hereafter, PSI). The entire
Solicitation Package may be downloaded from the Bureau's website at:
http://exchanges.state.gov/education/rfgps. Please read all information
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information, contact the Humphrey
Fellowships and Institutional Linkages Branch (Fulbright Educational
Partnerships Program); Office of Global Educational Programs; 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. Prospective applicants are
strongly encouraged to communicate about their proposals with one of
the following Fulbright Educational Partnerships regional program
officers: for sub-Saharan Africa, the Western Hemisphere and Europe:
Maria Urbina, e-mail: email@example.com; and for East Asia, North
Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia: Joan Zaffarano, e-mail:
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 been completed.
Applicants must follow all instructions given in the Solicitation
Package. The original and 10 hard copies of the complete application
package 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-03-01, Program Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room 534,
301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547.
No later than one week after the deadline for receipt of the grant
proposal, applicants must also submit the ``Proposal Title Page,''
``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-03-01 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
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. 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 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. Final funding decisions are at the discretion of the
Department of State's Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural
Affairs. Proposals must also be approved by the J. William Fulbright
Foreign Scholarship Board. Final technical authority for assistance
awards (grants or cooperative agreements) will reside with the Bureau's
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 Institutional Objectives:
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 Democracy Guidelines''). 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 State Department 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: April 11, 2002.
Patricia S. Harrison,
Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of
[FR Doc. 02-9505 Filed 4-17-02; 8:45 am]
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