[Federal Register: November 14, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 220)]
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[CFDA No. 84.116M]

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education--Special
Focus Competition (Invitational Priority: Institutional Cooperation and
Student Mobility in Postsecondary Education Between the United States
and Brazil); Notice Inviting Application for New Awards for Fiscal Year
(FY) 2001.

    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 institutions and other public and private nonprofit
institutions and agencies.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 30, 2001.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 29, 2001.
    Applications Available: November 17, 2000.
    Available Funds: $300,000 for FY 2001. The estimated amount of
funds available for awards is based on the Administration's request for
this program for FY 2001. The actual level of funding, if any, is
contingent upon final congressional action.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $25,000-$30,000 for FY 2001; $190,000-
$210,000 for four-year duration of grant.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $30,000 for FY 2001; $200,000 for
four-year duration of grant.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 10.
    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.
    Project Period: Up to 48 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: This program is a Special Focus Competition
to support projects addressing a particular problem area or improvement
approach in postsecondary education. The competition also includes an
invitational priority to encourage proposals designed to support the
formation of educational consortia of American and Brazilian
institutions to encourage cooperation in the coordination of curricula,
the exchange of students and the opening of educational opportunities
between the United States and Brazil. The invitational priority is
issued in cooperation with Brazil. Brazilian institutions participating
in any consortium proposal responding to the invitational priority may
apply, respectively, to the Coordination of Improvement of Personnel of
Superior Level (CAPES), Brazilian Ministry of Education for additional
funding under a separate but parallel Brazilian competition.


Invitational Priority

    We are particularly interested in applications that meet the
following invitational priority. However, an application that meets
this invitational priority does not receive a 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 Brazil.

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 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.
    (2) The quality of the design of the proposed project, as
determined by--
    (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.
    (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 FIPSE/
CAPES 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.
    (4) The quality of the project personnel, as determined by--
    (a) The qualifications, including training and experience, of key
project personnel; and
    (b) The extent to which the applicant encourages applications for
employment from persons who are members of groups that have
traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national
origin, gender, age, or disability.
    For Applications Contact: U.S. Department of Education Publications
Center (ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll
free): 1-877-433-7827, fax 301-470-1244, e-mail: edpubs@inet.ed.gov
    You may also contact EDPubs at its website: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/
    If you request an application from EDPubs, be sure to identify the
US-Brazil Competition as CFDA number 84.116M.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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. For
additional program information call Cindy Fisher at the FIPSE office
(202-502-7500) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eastern Time,
Monday through Friday. You may also request application guidelines by
submitting the name of the competition (US-Brazil) and your name and
postal address to fipse@ed.gov (e-mail). Applications are also
available on the FIPSE website at the following site: http://
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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1138-1138d.

    Dated: November 7, 2000.
A. Lee Fritschler,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 00-29087 Filed 11-13-00; 8:45 am]