[Federal Register: January 27, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 17)]
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Part II

Department of Education


Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access 
Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 1999

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[CFDA No. 84.337]

Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information 
Access Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal 
Year (FY) 1999

    Purpose of Program: The Technological Innovation and Cooperation 
for Foreign Information Access Program provides grants to develop 
innovative techniques or programs using new electronic technologies, to 
collect and distribute information on world regions and countries other 
than the United States. The techniques or programs the Secretary 
assists are those that address our Nation's teaching and research needs 
in international education and foreign languages.
    Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education, public or 
nonprofit private libraries, or consortia of such institutions or 
    Applications Available: January 15, 1999.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 17, 1999.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 17, 1999.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $95,000 to $225,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $200,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 5.
    Project Period: 36 months.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 

    Supplementary Information: The techniques or projects this program 
supports are those designed to collect, organize, preserve, and widely 
disseminate information that addresses our Nation's teaching and 
research needs in International Education and Foreign Languages. 
Because the program has no specific regulations we encourage each 
potential applicant to read the authorizing statute (section 606 of 
part A, title VI, of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by 
the Higher Education Amendments of 1998). The statute will be included 
in the application package.
    The statute lists the following activities an applicant may apply 
to carry out. However, an applicant may propose to carry out other 
activities that are consistent with the legislation. The activities 
listed in the statute are:
    (a) To facilitate access to or preserve foreign information 
resources in print or electronic forms;
    (b) To develop new means of immediate, full-text document delivery 
for information and scholarship from abroad;
    (c) To develop new means of shared electronic access to 
international data;
    (d) To support collaborative projects of indexing, cataloging, and 
other means of bibliographic access for scholars to important research 
materials published or distributed outside the United States;
    (e) To develop methods for the wide dissemination of resources 
written in non-Roman language alphabets;
    (f) To assist teachers of less commonly taught languages in 
acquiring, via electronic and other means, materials suitable for 
classroom use; and
    (g) To promote collaborative technology based projects in foreign 
languages, area studies, and international studies among grant 
recipients under this title.
    Please note that the statute limits the Federal share of the total 
cost of carrying out a program supported by a grant under this section 
shall to no more than 66\2/3\ percent. A grantee may provide the non 
Federal share of this cost may be provided either in-kind or in cash 
and may include contributions from private sector corporations or 
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 82, 
85, and 86.
    Selection Criteria: The Secretary uses the selection criteria 
published in 34 CFR 75.209 and 75.210 to evaluate applications for the 
Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access 
Program. The application package includes selection criteria and the 
points assigned to the criteria.
    For Applications or Information Contact: Susanna C. Easton, 
International Education and Graduate Program Service, U.S. Department 
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., suite 600C, Portals Building, 
Washington, DC 20202-5332. Telephone (202) 401-9780. Internet: 
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call 
the Federal Information Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 
a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person for the respective program, 
as listed in the preceding paragraph. Individuals with disabilities may 
obtain a copy of the application package in an alternate format, also, 
by contacting that person. However, the Department is not able to 
reproduce in an alternate format the standard forms included in the 
application package.

Electronic Access To This Document

    You may view this document, as well as all other Department of 
Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or 
portable document format (pdf) on the Internet at either of the 
following sites:

To use the pdf you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program with 
Search, which is available free at either of the previous sites. If you 
have any questions about using the pdf, call the U.S. Government 
Printing Office at (202) 512-1530 or, toll free, at 1-888-293-6498.
    You may also view these documents in text copy only on an 
electronic bulletin board of the Department. Telephone: (202) 219-1511 
or, toll free, 1-800-222-4922. The documents are located under Option 
G--Files/Announcements, Bulletins, and Press Releases.

    Note: The official version of a document is the document 
published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1121 et. seq.

    Dated: January 21, 1999.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 99-1826 Filed 1-26-99; 8:45 am]