[Federal Register: April 25, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 80)]
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
[Public Notice 3996]
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Request for Grant
Proposals: North African Educational Partnerships Program (Algeria and
SUMMARY: The Office of Global Educational Programs of the Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for an
assistance award program to support the development of programs of
instruction and faculty training at universities in Algeria and Tunisia
in business management, public administration, information technology,
computer science, or other fields with significant potential to support
the modernization of the Algerian or Tunisian economies. Accredited,
post-secondary educational institutions meeting the provisions
described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) may
apply to pursue institutional or departmental objectives in partnership
with one or more Algerian or Tunisian institutions with support from
the North African Educational Partnerships Program.
Proposals may include more than one partner institution within one
of the eligible countries, but may not include more than one country.
The means for achieving the objectives of the applicant and its
partner(s) may include mentoring, teaching, consultation, research,
distance education, internship training, and professional outreach to
public sector managers or private sector entrepreneurs.
Overview and Project Objectives: The program is designed to assist
North African universities to develop modern curricula and programs of
instruction in business management, public administration, and related
fields, to facilitate the development of business activity; and to
improve the quality, efficiency, and integrity of management in the
private and public sectors in the participating countries. Proposals
emphasizing practical strategies to assist the North African faculty
and administrators to develop new curricula, teaching methodologies and
programs are encouraged.
Pending availability, funds will be awarded for a period of two to
three years to assist with the costs of exchanges, of providing
educational materials, of increasing library holdings, and of improving
The project should pursue these objectives through a strategy that
coordinates the participation of junior and senior level faculty,
administrators, or graduate students in appropriate combinations of
teaching, mentoring, internships, in-service training, and outreach, in
exchange visits ranging from one week to an academic year. Visits of
one semester or more for participants from Algeria and Tunisia are
strongly encouraged and program activities must be tied to the goals
and objectives of the project.
Proposals may also include English language training for selected
participants whose existing English skills need to be strengthened or
U.S. Institution and Participant Eligibility: The lead institution
and grant recipient 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
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.
North African Institution and Participant Eligibility
In Algeria and Tunisia, 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.
Budget Guidelines: The Bureau anticipates awarding two or more
grants per country, in amounts not to exceed $310,000 each, under this
grant competition. Bureau grant guidelines require that organizations
with less than four years experience in conducting international
exchanges be limited to $60,000. Therefore, organizations with less
than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges are
ineligible to apply under this competition. Budget and budget notes
should carefully justify the amounts requested. There must be a summary
budget as well as a breakdown reflecting the program and administrative
budgets including unit costs. While there is no rigid ratio of
administrative to program costs, priority will be given to proposals
whose administrative costs are no more than thirty per cent of the
total requested from the Bureau. Cost sharing will be considered an
important indicator of institutional commitment. Please refer to the
POGI for complete budget guidelines and formatting instructions.
Announcement Title and Number: All correspondence with the Bureau
concerning this RFGP should reference the above title and number ECA/A/
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: The Office of Global Educational
Programs, ECA/A/S/U, Room 349, U.S. Department of State, 301 4th
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547, telephone (202) 619-5289, fax (202)
401-1433, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to request a
Solicitation Package. The Solicitation Package contains detailed award
criteria, required application forms, specific budget instructions, and
standard guidelines for proposal preparation.
Please read the complete Federal Register announcement before
sending inquiries or submitting proposals. Once the RFGP deadline has
passed, Bureau staff may not discuss this competition with applicants
until the proposal review process has been completed.
To Download a Solicitation Package via Internet
The entire Solicitation Package may be downloaded from the Bureau's
website at http://exchanges.state.gov/education/RFGPs. Please read all
information before downloading.
Deadline for Proposals
All proposal copies must be received at the Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs by 5 p.m. Washington, DC time on June 7, 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 10 copies of the application should be sent
to: U.S. Department of State, SA-44, Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs, Ref.: ECA/A/S/U-16-02, Program Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room
534, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547.
Applicants must also submit the ``Executive Summary'' and
``Proposal Narrative'' sections of the proposal on a 3.5'' diskette,
formatted for DOS. These documents must be provided in ASCII text (DOS)
format with a maximum line length of 65 characters. The Bureau will
transmit these files electronically to the Public Affairs section at
the US Embassy for its review, with the goal of reducing the time it
takes to get embassy comments for the Bureau's grants review process.
Diversity, Freedom and Democracy Guidelines
Pursuant to the Bureau's authorizing legislation, programs must
maintain a non-political character and should be balanced and
representative of the diversity of American political, social, and
cultural life. ``Diversity'' should be interpreted in the broadest
sense and encompass differences including, but not limited to
ethnicity, race, gender, religion, geographic location, socio-economic
status, and physical challenges. Applicants are strongly encouraged to
adhere to the advancement of this principle both in program
administration and in program content. Please refer to the review
criteria under the `Support for Diversity' section for specific
suggestions on incorporating diversity into the total proposal. Public
Law 104-319 provides that ``in carrying out programs of educational and
cultural exchange in countries whose people do not fully enjoy freedom
and democracy,'' the Bureau ``shall take appropriate steps to provide
opportunities for participation in such programs to human rights and
democracy leaders of such countries.''
Public Law 106-113 requires that the governments of the countries
described above do not have inappropriate influence in the selection
process. Proposals should reflect advancement of these goals in their
program contents, to the full extent deemed feasible.
The Bureau will acknowledge receipt of all proposals and will
review them for technical eligibility. Proposals will be deemed
ineligible if they do not fully adhere to the guidelines stated herein
and in the Solicitation Package.
The program office and the Public Affairs Section of the U.S.
Embassy in Algiers and Tunis will review eligible proposals. Eligible
proposals will be subject to compliance with Federal and Bureau
regulations and guidelines and forwarded to Bureau grant panels for
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 Cultural Affairs. Final technical authority for
assistance grant awards resides with the Bureau's Grants Officer.
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
partner North African 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. Relevant factors
include: the availability of a sufficient number of faculty and/or
administrators willing and able to participate in project activities,
and faculty and/or administrators with Arabic or French language
(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
objectives. Proposals should describe projected benefits to the
institutions involved as well as to wider communities of educators and
practitioners in Algeria or Tunisia.
(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, and
observations about anticipated long-term impact on the Algerian or
(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. While there is no rigid ratio of
administrative to program costs, priority will be given to proposals
whose administrative costs are less than thirty per cent of the total
requested from ECA.
(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.
Authority: 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 U.S. North African
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: April 16, 2002.
Rick A. Ruth,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 02-10186 Filed 4-24-02; 8:45 am]
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