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FY 2014 First in the World (FITW) grant competition began May 16, 2014. Application deadline: June 30, 2014. Refer to the Federal Register Notice dated May 16, 2014.

FY 2014 FITW Competition Summary

Two FITW Pre-Application Webinars scheduled: May 28 and June 4, 2014.

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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.

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.

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.

Comprehensive Program: is FIPSE’s flagship program which supports innovative projects that may respond to issues of national and global significance. These projects propose significant reforms and improvements in U.S. postsecondary education and have the potential to serve as national models for reform. FIPSE welcomes proposals for projects which seek novel strategies for establishing an international dimension of issues related to all aspects of postsecondary education, including foreign language acquisition, the social sciences, health sciences, and information technology.

Congressionally-directed Grants: limited to recipients assigned under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-117). These are non-competitive grants that FIPSE manages after Congress has determined the list of recipients, the purpose, and the award amounts. There is no grant competition for these awards.

Off-Campus Community Service: supports innovative projects that recruit and compensate students for work assignments in off-campus community service jobs.

Pilot Program for Course Material Rental: supports pilot programs that expand the services of bookstores so as to provide the option for students to rent college course materials.

Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program: provides grants to support research, exhibition, interpretation, and collection of artifacts related to the history of the Underground Railroad.


Currently Managed by the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) Service

As of October 1, 2010 the following four international programs which began in FIPSE as special focus programs were moved to IFLE. Please contact IFLE staff if you are interested in applying to these programs.

U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program: consortia of institutions of higher education promoting institutional cooperation and student mobility between the U.S. and Brazil.

European Union-United States Atlantis Program: collaborative efforts to develop programs of study leading to joint or dual undergraduate degrees. The program will also fund a small number of policy-oriented grants.

Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education: consortia promoting cooperative student-centered higher education and training activities between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

United States-Russia Program: consortia of institutions of higher education to promote cooperation in education and science between the United States and Russia.


Open Grant Competitions:

  • First in the World: FY 2014 applications available -- May 16, 2014 in Grants.gov. Application deadline: June 30, 2014.

Other FIPSE 2014 Grant Competition Information:

  • On January 17, 2014 President Obama signed the FY 2014 Omnibus Budget Bill. The budget agreement includes $79,400,000 for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) to conduct four competitive discretionary grant competitions. The appropriations include $75,000,000 to implement a new program entitled, First in the World (FITW), which includes an up to $20,000,000 set aside for minority-serving institutions. This initiative will support innovative strategies and practices shown to be effective in improving educational outcomes and making college more affordable for students and families, especially those who are low-income. All FITW-funded projects will include a strong evaluation component.

    Other programs in the budget agreement include the Training for Realtime Writers Program that has been conducted annually since 2010, a new competition to support Centers for the Study of Distance Education and Technological Advancements, and a new competition to fund a Center for Best Practices to Support Single Parent Students.

    Department staff is currently developing guidelines and priorities for each of the four competitions. We will announce dates and guidelines in the Federal Register and on the FIPSE Web site at www.ed.gov/fipse. Application instructions and forms will be available at the time of announcement in Grants.gov. Submission dates will be 30-45 days after each program announcement and all funds will be awarded by the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2014.

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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.


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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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