[Federal Register: January 20, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 13)]
[Page 3225-3226]
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[CFDA No. 84.116J]

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)--
Special Focus Competition: Higher Education Collaboration between the
United States and the European Community; Notice Inviting Application
for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2000

    Purpose of Program: To provide grants or enter into cooperative
agreements to improve postsecondary education opportunities by focusing
on problem areas or improvement approaches in postsecondary education.
    Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education or
combinations of

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institutions and other public and private nonprofit educational
institutions and agencies.
    Deadline For Transmittal of Applications: March 17, 2000
    Deadline For Intergovernmental Review: May 26, 2000
    Applications Available: January 14, 2000
    Available Funds: $600,000 in fiscal year 2000; $1,800,000 over
three years.
    Estimated Range Of Awards: $160,000-$175,000 total for up to three
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $50,000 in fiscal year 2000;
$160,000 total for up to three years.
    Estimated Number Of Awards: 10-12

    The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80,
82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  Under the Special Focus Competition, we
will award grants or enter into cooperative agreements that focus on
problem areas or improvement approaches in postsecondary education. We
have included an invitational priority to encourage proposals designed
to support the formation of educational consortia of institutions in
the U.S. and the European Union to encourage cooperation in the
coordination of curricula, the exchange of students and the opening of
educational opportunities between the U.S. and the European Union. The
invitational priority is issued in cooperation with the European Union.
European institutions participating in any consortium proposal
responding to the invitational priority may apply to the European
Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture for
additional funding under a separate European competition.


Invitational Priority

    The Secretary is particularly interested in applications that meet
the following invitational priority. However, an application that meets
this invitational priority does not receive competitive or absolute
preference over other applications (34 CFR 75.105(c)(1)).
    Invitational Priority: Projects that support consortia of
institutions of higher education that promote institutional cooperation
and student mobility between the United States and the member states of
the European Union.

Methods for Applying Selection Criteria

    The Secretary gives equal weight to the listed criteria. Within
each of the criteria, the Secretary gives equal weight to each of the

Selection Criteria

    In evaluating applications for grants under this program
competition, the Secretary uses the following selection criteria chosen
from those listed in 34 CFR 75.210.
    1. The quality of the design of the proposed project, as determined
    a. The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be
achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable;
    b. The extent to which the design of the proposed project is
appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target
population or other identified needs.
    2. The significance of the proposed project, as determined by--
    a. The extent to which the proposed project involves the
development or demonstration of promising new strategies that build on,
or are alternatives to, existing strategies;
    b. The likely utility of the products (such as information,
materials, processes, or techniques) that will result from the proposed
project, including the potential for their being used in a variety of
other settings; and
    c. The importance or magnitude of the results or outcomes likely to
be attained by the proposed project, especially improvements in
teaching and student achievement.
    3. The adequacy of resources, as determined by--
    a. The extent to which the costs are reasonable in relation to the
objectives, design, and potential significance of the proposed project;
    b. The potential for continued support of the project after Federal
funding ends, including, as appropriate, the demonstrated commitment of
appropriate entities to such support; and
    c. The relevance and demonstrated commitment of each partner in the
proposed project to the implementation and success of the project.

Publications Center (ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398,
tel 877-433-7827, fax 301-470-1244, e-mail: edpubs@inet.ed.gov; web:
    Identify the US/EC competition as CFDA number 84.116J. Copies of
the application materials may also be obtained from the Fund for the
Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of
Education, 1990 K Street, NW, 8th floor, Washington, D.C. 20006-8544,
telephone 202-502-7500. You may request application forms from FIPSE by
submitting the name of the competition (US/EC) and your name and postal
address to FIPSE@ed.gov. Applications are available on the FIPSE web
site at http://www.ed.gov/FIPSE.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD)
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-
8339. For additional program information call Cindy Fischer at the
FIPSE office (202-502-7500) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 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 listed in the preceding
    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.

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Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in
Washington, DC at (202) 512-1530.

    Note:  The official version of a document is the document
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Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1135-1135a-3.

    Dated: January 13, 2000.
A. Lee Fritschler,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 00-1286 Filed 1-14-00; 8:46 am]