[Federal Register: May 2, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 85)]
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
[Public Notice 4001]
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Request for Grant
Proposals: Moscow State University Journalism Support Project
SUMMARY: The Office of Global Educational Programs of the Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the
Moscow State University Journalism Support Project. Public and private
non-profit organizations and educational institutions meeting the
provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C.
501(c)(3) may submit proposals to cooperate with the Bureau in the
administration of a two-year project to strengthen the training of
journalists at Moscow State University (MSU). The means for achieving
this objective may include teaching, research, and exchanges of
scholars, administrators, and advanced graduate students from the
participating institutions, as well as the acquisition of educational
materials and resources.
Overview: Journalists and independent media professionals play a
critical role in ensuring the free flow of information necessary to the
maintenance of democratic systems. Institutions of higher education, as
the training ground for future journalists and media practitioners, can
play an important role in setting the standards and providing the
skills necessary for the maintenance of free media. This project is
designed to assist the Faculty of Journalism at MSU to increase its
capacity to deliver programs meeting high international standards for
instruction and research in journalism training. The primary goal of
this project is to promote the development of a curriculum that will
meet the evolving needs of journalists in contemporary Russia.
The Moscow State University Journalism Support Project will provide
funding for two years to enable a U.S. institution to cooperate with
the Faculty of Journalism at MSU. The grantee organization will be
expected to assist the Faculty of Journalism through a comprehensive
program of exchange and support activities that will foster lasting
institutional and individual ties. Applicants may either identify one
U.S. college or university to work directly with the Faculty of
Journalism or may propose other modes for exchange that will lead to
the achievement of program objectives through increased cooperation by
the Faculty of Journalism, its teachers and students with U.S.
scholars, educators, and other professional experts. Pending
availability of funds, the project will award approximately $500,000 to
defray the costs of two-way faculty exchanges, of limited exchanges of
graduate students, of educational materials, and to support some
aspects of project administration. There may be the possibility of a
renewal grant of up to $500,000 for a two-year period pending positive
program review and the availability of funding.
Objectives: The purpose of this project is to assist the MSU
Faculty of Journalism in strengthening its journalism training program.
Specific objectives include: (1) Updating and introducing new curricula
and approaches to the teaching of journalism; (2) increasing practical
skills and experiential learning opportunities in the classroom and in
the field; (3) supplementing material resources, including books and
journal subscriptions, funding for translations, and upgrading of
computer equipment and/or electronic resource materials; (4) providing
research and collaborative research opportunities; (5) supporting
distance learning and other initiatives providing outreach to
journalism educators in other regions of Russia; and (6) fostering
enduring relationships with U.S. academic institutions.
The program should enhance the Faculty of Journalism's ability to
provide journalists with the skills necessary for practicing journalism
in democratic society. Activities should lead to the achievement of
project objectives in addressing topics such as: investigative
reporting; ethics in journalism; policy analysis, media management; on-
line journalism; and new media technologies. Applicants should provide
assistance in developing incentives to encourage practicing
professional journalists to return to the MSU classroom and share their
expertise. Applicants are also encouraged to assist the Faculty of
Journalism in securing additional foundation grants and corporate
sponsorships to address on-going equipment needs and to undertake
activities beyond the scope of this project.
Background: The MSU Faculty of Journalism currently has 125
associate professors, lecturers, and instructors in addition to 60
researchers. Approximately 3,200 full-time and correspondence students
are enrolled in a variety of degree programs. The Faculty consists of
twelve departments: Periodical Press; Radio and Television; Mass Media
Techniques; Sociology of the Media; Economical Journalism and
Advertising; Editing, Publishing, and Computer Science; History of
Russian Journalism and Literature; History of Mass Media; History of
Foreign Journalism and Literature; Literary Criticism and Publicity;
Stylistics of the Russian Language; and the UNESCO Department of
Journalism and Communications. In addition, the Faculty of Journalism
has a variety of labs, including: computer classrooms, a television
studio, a radio studio, a photo lab and an experimental publishing
house. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Journalism
to learn more about its programs and to consult about program
The institution receiving a grant award will be expected to submit
periodic reports of the results of project activities in relation to
project objectives. Proposals should outline and budget for a
methodology for project evaluation. The evaluation plan should include
an assessment of the current institutional 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 projects' 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.
Participant Eligibility: This project is designed to support
exchanges of faculty, administrators, staff, and advanced graduate
students from the Faculty of Journalism at MSU. In addition,
participants may include U.S. faculty, administrators and staff, and
other qualified professionals with relevant expertise in journalism.
All participants traveling to Russia funded under the grant must be
U.S. citizens. 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.
Logistics: The grantee organization will be responsible for most
arrangements associated with this program. These include providing
international and domestic travel arrangements for all participants,
making lodging and local transportation arrangements for visitors,
orienting and debriefing participants, and preparing any other
necessary support material.
Programs must comply with J-1 visa regulations. Please refer to the
Project Objectives Goals and Implementation (POGI) and Proposal
Submission Instruction (PSI) documents for this project for further
Budget Guidelines: The Bureau anticipates awarding one grant of
approximately $500,000 to support program and administrative costs
required to implement this project. Organizations with less than four
years of experience in conducting international exchange programs are
limited to $60,000, and are not encouraged to apply. The Bureau
encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and
funding from private sources in support of its programs.
Applicants must submit a comprehensive budget for the entire
project. There must be a summary budget as well as breakdowns
reflecting both administrative and program budgets. Applicants may
provide separate sub-budgets for each program component, phase,
location, or activity to provide clarification.
Please refer to the Solicitation Package 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: To request a solicitation package, contact
the Humphrey Fellowships and Institutional Linkages Branch; 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 4th
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547; phone: (202) 619-5289, fax:
(202)401-1433. 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. Applicants desiring more information may contact Program
Officer Michelle Johnson at (202)205-8434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Contact Information for the Faculty of Journalism at MSU:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Faculty of
Journalism at MSU. More detailed information can be obtained from their
web site at: http://www.journ.msu.ru. The designated contact person for
this project is Dr. Elena Vartanova who may be reached by e-mail at:
To Download a Solicitation Package via Internet: The entire
Solicitation Package, consisting of the RFGP, POGI, and PSI documents
may be downloaded from the Bureau's website at http://
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 Friday, September 20, 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 deadline.
Approximate Program Dates: Pending availability of funds, grants
should begin on or about January 1, 2003.
Applicants must follow all instructions in the Solicitation
Package. The original and ten 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-03-08, Program Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room
534, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547.
No later than one week after the competition deadline, applicants
must also submit the Proposal Title Sheet, 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: email@example.com In the e-mail
subject line, include the following: ECA/A/S/U-03-08. The Bureau will
transmit these files electronically to the Public Affairs section at
the U.S. 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. All eligible proposals will be
reviewed by the program office, as well as by the Public Diplomacy
section overseas. Eligible proposals will be subject to compliance with
Federal and Bureau regulations and guidelines and forwarded to Bureau
grant panels for advisory review. Proposals may also be reviewed by the
Office of the Legal Adviser or by other Department elements. Final
funding decisions are at the discretion of the Department of State's
Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs. Final
technical authority for grants resides with the Bureau's Grants
Technically eligible applications will be competitively reviewed
according to the criteria stated below. These criteria are not rank
ordered and all carry equal weight in the proposal evaluation:
1. Program planning and ability to achieve program objectives:
Proposals should exhibit originality, substance, precision, and
resourcefulness. Proposals should have reasonable and feasible project
objectives that are clearly relevant to the Faculty of Journalism. A
detailed agenda and relevant work plan should demonstrate substantive
undertakings and logistical capacity. Agenda and plan should adhere to
the program overview and guidelines described above and should clearly
demonstrate how the partnership will meet the project's objectives.
2. 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 of
``Diversity, Freedom, and Democracy Guidelines''). Proposals should
also discuss how the various institutional partners approach diversity
issues in their respective communities or societies.
3. Institutional Capacity and Commitment: Proposals should
demonstrate institutional resources adequate and appropriate to achieve
program goals. Relevant factors include: the match between partner
departments and schools; and the availability of sufficient numbers of
faculty and/or administrators willing and able to participate.
Proposals should provide evidence of strong institutional commitment by
all participating institutions and an indication of collaborative
program planning. Proposals should demonstrate promise of
sustainability and long-term impact which will be reflected in a plan
for continued, non-U.S. government support and follow-on activities.
4. Institution's Record/Ability: Proposals should demonstrate an
institutional record of successful exchange programs, including
responsible fiscal management and full compliance with all reporting
requirements for past Bureau grants as determined by Bureau Grant
Staff. The Bureau will consider the past performance of prior
recipients and the demonstrated potential of new applicants.
5. 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.
6. Cost-effectiveness and cost sharing: Administrative and program
costs should be reasonable and appropriate with cost sharing provided
by all participating institutions within the context of their
respective capacities. Cost sharing is viewed as a reflection of
institutional commitment to the project.
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 Freedom for Russia and
Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act of 1992
(FREEDOM Support Act).
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 25, 2002.
Rick A. Ruth,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 02-10903 Filed 5-1-02; 8:45 am]
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