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[Federal Register: April 18, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 75)]
[Page 19302-19306]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



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.

Program Overview

    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 
fiscal year.

Project Objectives

    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

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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.
    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 
Participant Eligibility.''
    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

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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:// 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 

Eligible Fields

    The following fields are eligible:

--The social, political, and economic sciences;
--Area and language studies, including American Studies;
--Educational development or administration;
--Environmental studies;
--The fine arts;
--The humanities;
--Journalism and media studies;
--Library science;
--Public administration;
--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 
partner institution.

Foreign Institution and Participant Eligibility

    In other countries, participation is open to recognized 
institutions of post-

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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 
educational partnerships.
    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: Please read all information 
before downloading.

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:; 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: 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 

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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.

Review Process

    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 
grants officer.

Review Criteria

    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]