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Pre-Application Webinars with the First in the World (FITW) program team: Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12, 2015. More information.
Pre-Application Webinar with the FITW program team and the Institute of Education Sciences: Thursday, May 14, 2015. More information.

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FIPSE Programs

First in the World: provides grants to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes, makes college more affordable for students and families, and develops an evidence base of effective practices.

Other Programs

Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success: encourages model programs to support veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students.

Training for Realtime Writers: provides grants for the recruitment, training and assistance, and job placement of individuals who have completed a court reporting training program as realtime writers.



  • First in the World Program: The First in the World (FITW) team will host two live pre-application webinar sessions on Monday, May 11, 2015 and Tuesday, May 12, 2015 regarding the FITW Program competition. These sessions will provide an overview of the FITW program, evidence requirements, priorities, and selection criteria. The team will also provide information on pre- and post-award requirements, and close each session with information on the key steps to successfully submit a grant application.

  • On Thursday, May 14, 2015: The FITW team will host a pre-application webinar with the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to discuss the evidence and evaluation requirements for the FY 2015 FITW grant competition.

    Each webinar session will last 1.5 hours.

  • The grant application for the First in the World Program will be published soon in early May 2015.
  • The grant competition for Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success is open. Applications are available in Grants.gov. Application deadline: June 23, 2015
  • Become a peer reviewer for FITW: MS Word (48K) | Instructions to register as a Reviewer: MS Word (39K)
  • Take a look at the Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success

The FIPSE Database

The FIPSE database is a publically searchable database with information about current and past FIPSE competitive grant projects and non-competitive Congressionally-directed grants (earmarks) that FIPSE manages. The database contains project abstracts, project director contact information, award amounts, grant funding dates, subject areas, and links to any project Web sites that have been established by grantees. The database is searchable by programs, subjects, institutions, state, zip code, funding year, organization and institution type, and institutional special designations. Key word and phrase searching are also available. The FIPSE database is located at http://fipsedatabase.ed.gov. Current project directors will be given a password to access the secure side of the database where they can file annual and final reports and manage activities related to their grants.


FIPSE Resources

About FIPSE, the Staff, and Contact Information

Authorizing Legislation 2008

FIPSE National Board

Competition Information

Grant Management Information

Evaluation Resources

The FIPSE Database

Project Abstracts

FIPSE Grants in Action

Award-Winning Projects

FIPSE Google Maps

FIPSE Newsletters

FIPSE Archives

Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success

FIPSE office location and general mailing address:

1990 K Street, N.W., 6th Floor
Washington DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 502-7500
Fax: (202) 502-7877
E-mail: fipse@ed.gov
Web Site: www.ed.gov/ope/fipse/index.html

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