[Federal Register: August 30, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 169)]
[Page 55827-55828]
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[CFDA No. 84.153A]

Office of Postsecondary Education; Business and International 
Education Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for 
Fiscal Year (FY) 2003

    Purpose of Program: The Business and International Education 
Program provides grants to institutions of higher education to enhance 
international business education programs and to expand the capacity of 
the business community to engage in international economic activities. 
For FY 2003, we encourage applicants to design projects that focus on 
the invitational priority in the Priority section of this application 
    Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education that enter 
into agreements with trade associations, business enterprises, or trade 
organizations that are engaged in international economic activity.
    Applications Available: September 17, 2002.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: November 4, 2002.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: January 3, 2003.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$4,720,000 for this program for FY 2003. The actual level of funding, 
if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting 
applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process, if 
Congress appropriates funds for this program.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $50,000-$95,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $78,170 per year.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 28.

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

    Project Period: Up to 24 months.
    Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, the applicant, 
address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your 
application. You must limit the narrative to the equivalent of no more 
than 40 pages, using the following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions. However, you may 
single space all text in charts, tables, figures and graphs.
     Use a font that is either 12-point or larger or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch). However, you may use a 10-point 
font in charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
    The page limit does not apply to the cover sheet; the budget 
section, including the narrative budget justification; the assurances 
and certifications; or the one-page abstract or the appendices. 
However, you must include all of the application narrative in 
responding to the selection criteria.
    We will reject your application if--
     You apply these standards and exceed the page limit; or
     You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the 
page limit.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99; and (b) The regulations for this 
program in 34 CFR parts 655 and 661.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Matching requirement: Under title VI, part 
B, section 613(d) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, a 
Business and International Education Program grantee must provide no 
less than 50 percent of the total cost of the project in each fiscal 
year. Example: The institution's total costs of the proposed project 
will be $140,000 per year. The institution may request a grant in the 
amount of $70,000 or less. The institution must provide the remaining 
$70,000 in cash or in-kind contributions.


Invitational Priority

    We are particularly interested in applications that meet the 
following priority.
    Applications from institutions of higher education that propose 
educational projects that include activities focused in the targeted 
world areas of Central and South Asia, the Middle East, Russia, the 
Independent States of the former Soviet Union, and Africa. These 
projects should be integrated into the curricula of the home 
institution or institutions.
    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets 
the invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over 
other applications.

Instructions for Transmittal of Applications

    Note: Some of the procedures in these instructions for 
transmitting applications differ from those in the Education 
Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 
75.102). Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the 
Department generally offers interested parties the opportunity to 
comment on proposed regulations. However, these amendments make 
procedural changes only and do not establish new substantive policy. 
Therefore, under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A), the Secretary has determined 
that proposed rulemaking is not required.

Pilot Project for Electronic Submission of this Application

    In FY 2003, the U.S. Department of Education is continuing to 
expand its pilot project of electronic submission of applications to 
include additional formula grant programs and additional discretionary 
grant competitions. The Business and International Education Program--
CFDA No. 84.153A is one of the programs included in the pilot project. 
If you are an applicant under the Business and International Education 
Program, you may submit your application to us in either electronic or 
paper format.
    The pilot project involves the use of the Electronic Grant 
Application System (e-APPLICATION, formerly e-GAPS) portion of the 
Grant Administration and Payment System (GAPS). We request your 
participation in this pilot project. We shall continue to evaluate its

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success and solicit suggestions for improvement.
    If you participate in this e-APPLICATION pilot, please note the 
     Your participation is voluntary.
     You will not receive any additional point value or penalty 
because you submit a grant application in electronic or paper format.
     You can submit all documents electronically, including the 
Application for Federal Assistance (ED 424), Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and 
     Within three working days of submitting your electronic 
application fax a signed copy of the Application for Federal Assistance 
(ED 424) to the Application Control Center after following these steps:
    1. Print ED 424 from the e-APPLICATION system.
    2. Make sure that the institution's Authorizing Representative 
signs this form.
    3. Before faxing this form, submit your electronic application via 
the e-APPLICATION system. You will receive an automatic 
acknowledgement, which will include a PR/Award number (an identifying 
number unique to your application).
    4. Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of ED 
    5. Fax ED 424 to the Application Control Center at (202) 260-1349.
     We may request that you give us original signatures on all 
other forms at a later date.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the Business 
and International Education Program at: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    We have included additional information about the e-APPLICATION 
pilot project (see Parity Guidelines between Paper and Electronic 
Applications) in the application package.

    Note: Please note that due to the Department's end of the fiscal 
year close out activities, the e-APPLICATION system will be 
unavailable from October 1 through October 5. It will become 
available for users again on Monday, October 7.

    For Applications and further Information Contact: Tanyelle 
Richardson, Business and International Education Program, U.S. 
Department of Education, International Education and Graduate Programs 
Service, 1990 K Street, NW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006-8521. 
Telephone: (202) 502-7626 or via Internet: tanyelle.richardson@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under For 
Applications and Further Information Contact.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format by contacting that person. However, 
the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative 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 Adobe 
Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: 
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Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in 
the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1130a-1130b.

    Dated: August 26, 2002.
Sally L. Stroup,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 02-22276 Filed 8-29-02; 8:45 am]