[Federal Register: May 2, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 85)]
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
[Public Notice 4003]
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Request for Grant
Proposal: Fulbright American Studies Institute on U.S. National
Security: American Foreign Policy Formulation in an Era of
NOTICE: Request for Grant Proposal (RFGP).
SUMMARY: The Study of the U.S. Branch, Office of Academic Exchange
Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, announces an open
competition for an assistance award. Public and private non-profit
organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code
Section 26 USC 501 (C)(3) may apply to develop and implement a post-
graduate level Fulbright American Studies program designed for a
multinational group of 15 experienced foreign educators and
``U.S. National Security: American Foreign Policy Formulation in an
Era of Globalization''
This program is intended to provide participants with a deeper
understanding of American life and institutions, past and present, in
order to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching
about the United States at universities abroad. Programs should
therefore be designed to elucidate the topic or theme of the Institute
as well as American civilization as a whole.
The program will be four weeks in length and will be conducted
during January and May of 2003.
The Bureau is seeking detailed proposals from colleges,
universities, consortia of colleges and universities, and other not-
for-profit academic organizations that have an established reputation
in one or more of the following fields: political science,
international relations, law, history, and/or other disciplines or sub-
disciplines related to the program theme.
It is the Bureau's intention to fund this program, subject to and
contingent on both the number and quality of proposals received and the
availability of funding.
Applicant institutions must demonstrate expertise in conducting
post-graduate programs for foreign educators, and must have a minimum
of four years experience in conducting international exchange programs.
Bureau guidelines stipulate that grants to organizations with less than
four years experience in conducting international exchanges are limited
to $60,000. As it is expected that the budget for these programs will
exceed $60,000, organizations that can not demonstrate at least four
years experience will not be eligible to apply under this competition.
The project director or one of the key program staff responsible
for the academic program must have an advanced degree in one of the
fields listed above. Staff escorts traveling under the cooperative
agreement must have demonstrated qualifications for this service.
Programs must conform with Bureau requirements and guidelines outlined
in the Solicitation Package. Bureau programs are subject to the
availability of funds.
Overview and Objectives: Fulbright American Studies Institutes are
intended to offer foreign scholars, teachers and other professionals
whose work focuses on the United States the opportunity to deepen their
understanding of American institutions and culture. Their ultimate goal
is to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about
the U.S. in universities abroad.
This program should be four weeks in length and must include an
academic residency segment of at least three weeks duration at a U.S.
college or university campus (or other appropriate location). A study
tour segment of not more than one week should also be planned and
should directly complement the academic residency segment; the study
tour should include visits to one or two additional regions of the
The institute should be designed as an intensive, academically
rigorous seminar intended for an experienced group of fellow scholars
and professionals from outside the United States. The institute should
be organized through an integrated series of lectures, readings,
seminar discussions, regional travel, site visits and should include
some opportunity for limited but well-directed independent research and
Applicants are encouraged to design a thematically coherent program
in ways that draw upon the particular strengths, faculty and resources
of their institutions as well as upon the nationally recognized
expertise of scholars and other experts throughout the United States.
Within the limits of their thematic focus and organizing framework,
Institute programs should also be designed to:
1. Provide participants with a survey of contemporary scholarship
within the institute's governing academic discipline, delineating the
current scholarly debate within the field. In this regard, the seminar
should indicate how prevailing academic practice in the discipline
represents both a continuation of and a departure from past scholarly
trends and practices. A variety of scholarly viewpoints should be
2. bring an interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary focus to bear
on the program content if appropriate;
3. give participants a multi-dimensional view of U.S. society and
institutions that includes a broad and balanced range of perspectives.
Where possible, programs should include the views not only of scholars,
cultural critics and public intellectuals, but also those of other
professionals outside the university such as government officials,
journalists, religious leaders and NGO officials who can substantively
contribute to the topics at issue; and,
4. insure access to library and material resources that will enable
grantees to continue their research, study and curriculum development
upon returning to their home institutions.
The Fulbright American Studies Institute on ``U.S. National
Security: American Foreign Policy Formulation in an Era of
Globalization'' is intended to offer a group of 15 educators and
professionals an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the
foundations and formulation of U.S. foreign policy, with specific
reference to American views on what constitutes basic U.S. national
security and defense requirements and how those views have evolved in
the post-Cold War era. The program should be multi-disciplinary in its
approach and should examine the various historical, geographic,
economic, cultural, and political factors involved in the making of
U.S. foreign policy. In considering U.S. security and defense issues in
light of a changing international environment characterized by the
increased flow of information and ideas, capital, and people,
organizers may also wish to explore such sub-topics as (a) the role of
both the nation state and non-state actors in national and
international governance; (b) the implications for U.S. security of
demographic changes in both developed and developing countries; (c) the
impact of science and technology in such area as communications, health
care, and the environment; (d) the growth and development of the global
economy; and (e) changing patterns of international conflict, including
the threat of terrorism, among others.
Program Dates: Ideally, the program should be 28 days in length
(not including participant arrival and departure days) and should take
place sometime between January 6 and May 31, 2003.
Participants: As specified in the guidelines in the solicitation
package, this program should be designed for a group of 15 motivated
and experienced foreign university faculty and professionals from
institutions of higher education abroad, which may include national
military academies. Educators will be specialists in international
affairs; some may hold positions in government ministries, such as
defense or foreign affairs. While the educational level of participants
will vary, most will have graduate degrees and have substantial
knowledge of foreign affairs. Some may have previously studied in the
United States. All participants will be interested in participating in
an intensive seminar in order to better understand American
institutions and to develop and improve courses about the United States
at their home universities. All will be fluent in the English language.
Participants will be nominated by Fulbright Commissions and by U.S.
Embassies abroad. Nominations will be reviewed by the Study of the U.S.
Branch. Final selection of grantees will be made by the Fulbright
Foreign Scholarship Board.
Program Guidelines: While the conception and structure of the
institute program is the responsibility of the organizers, it is
critically important that proposals provide a full, detailed and
comprehensive narrative describing the objectives of the institute; the
title, scope and content of each session; and, how each session relates
to the overall institute theme. The syllabus must therefore indicate
the subject matter for each lecture or panel discussion, confirm or
provisionally identify proposed lecturers and discussants, and clearly
show how assigned readings will
support each session. A calendar of all activities for the program must
also be included. Overall, proposals will be reviewed on the basis of
their fullness, coherence, clarity, and attention to detail, as
stipulated in the Review Criteria cited below.
Programs must comply with J-1 visa regulations. Please refer to the
Solicitation Package for further details on program design and
implementation, as well as additional information on all other
Budget Guidelines: Based on groups of 15 participants, the total
Bureau-funded budget (program and administrative) should be
approximately $150,000. Bureau-funded administrative costs as defined
in the budget details section of the solicitation package should be
approximately $47,000. Justifications for any costs above these amounts
must be clearly indicated in the proposal submission. Proposals should
try to maximize cost sharing in all facets of the program and to
stimulate U.S. private sector, including foundation and corporate,
support. Applicants must submit a comprehensive budget for the entire
program. The Bureau reserves the right to reduce, revise, or increase
proposal budgets in accordance with the needs of the program, and
availability of U.S. government funding.
Please refer to the ``POGI'' in the Solicitation Package for
complete institute budget guidelines and formatting instructions.
Announcement Name and Number: All communications with the Bureau
concerning this announcement should refer to the following title and
U.S. National Security: American Foreign Policy Formulation in an
Era of Globalization--(ECA/A/E/USS-02-54-Taylor)
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a Solicitation Package
containing more detailed program information, award criteria, required
application forms, specific budget instructions, and standard
guidelines for proposal preparation, applicants should contact: U.S.
Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office
of Academic Exchange Programs, Study of the U.S. Branch, State Annex
44, ECA/A/E/USS--Room 252, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547,
Attention: Richard Taylor, Telephone number: (202) 619-4557, Fax
number: (202) 619-6790, Internet address: email@example.com.
Please specify Senior Program Officer Richard Taylor on all
inquiries and correspondence. Interested applicants should read the
complete Federal Register announcement before addressing inquiries to
the office listed above or submitting their proposals. Once the RFGP
deadline has passed, Bureau staff may not discuss this competition in
any way with applicants until after the proposal review process has
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 5:00 p.m. Washington DC
time on Friday, June 21, 2002. Faxed documents will NOT be accepted,
nor will documents postmarked June 21, 2002 but received at a later
date. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that
proposal submissions arrive by the deadline.
Submissions: Applicants must follow all instructions in the
Solicitation Package. The original and 13 copies of the complete
application should be sent to: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs, Reference: (ECA/A/E/USS-02-54-
Taylor), Program Management Staff, ECA/EX/PM, Room 534, State Annex 44,
301 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20547.
Applicants should also submit the ``Executive Summary'' and
``Proposal Narrative'' sections of the proposal on a 3.5'' diskette,
formatted for DOS. This material must be provided in ASCII text (DOS)
format with a maximum line length of 65 characters.
Diversity, Freedom and Democracy Guidlines: 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 this goal 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. 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. Eligible proposals will then be
forwarded to panels of senior Bureau officers for advisory review.
Proposals may also be reviewed by the Office of the Legal Advisor or by
other Bureau elements or outside experts. 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 awards (grants or cooperative agreements) resides with the
Bureau's Grants Officer.
Review Criteria: Technically eligible applications will be
competitively reviewed according to the criteria stated below. More
weight will be given to items one and two, and all remaining criteria
will be evaluated equally.
1. Overall Quality
Proposals should exhibit originality and substance, consonant with
the highest standards of American teaching and scholarship. Program
design should reflect the main currents as well as the debates within
the subject discipline of each institute. Program elements should be
coherently and thoughtfully integrated. Lectures, panels, field visits
and readings, taken as a whole, should offer a balanced presentation of
issues, reflecting both the continuity of the American experience as
well as the diversity and dynamism inherent in it.
2. Program Planning and Administration
Proposals should demonstrate careful planning. The organization and
structure of the institute should be clearly delineated and be fully
responsive to all program objectives. A program syllabus (noting
specific sessions and topical readings supporting each academic unit)
should be included, as should a calendar of activities. The travel
component should not simply be
a tour, but should be an integral and substantive part of the program,
reinforcing and complementing the academic segment. Proposals should
provide evidence of continuous administrative and managerial capacity
as well as the means by which program activities and logistical matters
will be implemented.
3. Institutional Capacity
Proposed personnel, including faculty and administrative staff as
well as outside presenters, should be fully qualified to achieve the
project's goals. Library and meeting facilities, housing, meals,
transportation and other logistical arrangements should fully meet the
needs of the participants.
4. Support for Diversity
Substantive support of the bureau's policy on diversity should be
demonstrated. This can be accomplished through documentation, such as a
written statement, summarizing past and/or on-going activities and
efforts that further the principle of diversity within the organization
and its activities. Program activities that address this issue should
Proposals should demonstrate an institutional record of successful
exchange program activity, indicating the experience that the
organization and its professional staff have had in working with
6. Evaluation and Followup
A plan for evaluating activities during the Institute and at its
conclusion should be included. Proposals should discuss provisions made
for follow-up with returned grantees as a means of establishing longer-
term individual and institutional linkages.
7. Cost Effectiveness
Proposals should maximize cost-sharing through direct institutional
contributions, in-kind support, and other private sector support.
Overhead and administrative components, including salaries and
honoraria, should be kept as low as possible.
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.''
Notice: 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 this 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.
Notification: Final awards cannot be made until funds have been
appropriated by Congress, and allocated and committed through internal
Dated: April 25, 2002.
Rick A. Ruth,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs Department of State.
[FR Doc. 02-10905 Filed 5-1-02; 8:45 am]
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