[Federal Register: September 20, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 183)]
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[CFDA Nos. 84.047A and 84.047M]

Office of Postsecondary Education; Upward Bound Program and 
Upward Bound Math and Science Program; Notice Inviting Applications for 
New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2003

    Purpose of Programs: The Upward Bound Program is designed to 
generate in students the skills and motivation necessary for success in 
education beyond secondary school. The Upward Bound Math and Science 
Program is designed to prepare high school students for postsecondary 
education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and 
    Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education, public and 
private agencies and organizations, including community and faith-based 
organizations, and in exceptional cases, secondary schools if there are 
no other applicants capable of providing an Upward Bound project in the 
proposed target area.
    Applications Available: September 27, 2002.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: November 22, 2002--Upward 
Bound Math and Science Program; December 13, 2002--Upward Bound 
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: January 21, 2003--Upward 
Bound Math and Science Program; February 11, 2003--Upward Bound 
    Estimated Available Funds: $264,841,000 for the Upward Bound 
Program, and $31,772,000 for the Upward Bound Math and Science Program. 
The estimated amount of funds available for awards is based on the 
Administration's request for these programs for FY 2003. The actual 
level of funding, if any, is contingent on final congressional action. 
However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete 
the grant process, if Congress appropriates funds for these programs.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $200,000--690,000 for year 1 of an 
Upward Bound project; $200,000--300,000 for year 1 of an Upward Bound 
Math and Science project.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $311,000 for the Upward Bound 
Program; $258,000 for the Upward Bound Math and Science Program.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 772 for the Upward Bound Program; 123 
for the Upward Bound Math and Science Program.
    Project Period: Up to 60 months for both the Upward Bound and the 
Upward Bound Math and Science Programs.

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

    Page Limit for Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science 
Programs: The application narrative (Part III of the application) is 
where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers 
use to evaluate your application. You must limit Part III to the 
equivalent of no more than 100 pages, using the following standards:

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    [sbull] A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
    [sbull] Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in 
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
    [sbull] Use a font that is either 12-point or larger or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
    The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, 
the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part 
IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the 
resumes, the bibliography, or the letters of support. However, you must 
include all of the application narrative in Part III.
    We will reject your application if--
    [sbull] You apply these standards and exceed the page limit; or
    [sbull] 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, 
82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99; and (b) the regulations for these programs 
in 34 CFR part 645.


Invitational Priority

    We are particularly interested in applications that meet the 
following priority.
    Applications that propose projects that will serve higher risk 
students. The Administration is committed to making changes in programs 
that will improve their effectiveness. The ongoing evaluation of the 
Upward Bound program indicates that increasing the participation of 
higher risk students would increase its overall effectiveness. The 
evaluation has found that the majority of students served by the 
program are not higher risk students even though the program has a 
large impact on these students. Examples of higher risk students 
include, but are not limited to, (a) students with grade point averages 
in the C or D range as high school freshmen, (b) students with 
relatively few credits in the core academic subjects of English, math, 
science, social studies and foreign language, or (c) students who have 
the potential but do not plan to pursue a postsecondary education. 
Applicants should include their definitions of higher risk students and 
describe strategies for targeting services to higher risk students when 
addressing the selection criteria, particularly the need for the 
project, the objectives, the plan of operation and the budget.
    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 in making grant award decisions.
    Applicants should be advised, however, that the Secretary intends 
to conduct a negotiated rulemaking process pursuant to Section 492 of 
the Higher Education Act with the intent of strengthening the ``need 
for academic support'' criteria used by grantees to select program 
participants to further focus the Upward Bound Program on serving 
higher risk students. This process, which will begin later this year, 
will be announced formally through a separate notice in the Federal 
Register. Applicants should be advised that regulatory changes 
negotiated through this process would apply to all projects funded in 
this competition.
    For Applications Contact: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), 
P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll free): 1-877-433-
7827. FAX: (301) 470-1244. If you use a telecommunications device for 
the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1-877-576-7734.
    You may also contact ED Pubs at its Web site: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html.
    Or you may contact ED Pubs at its e-mail address: 
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 
this competition as follows: CFDA No. 84.047A (Upward Bound) or CFDA 
No. 84.047M (Upward Bound Math and Science).
    Technical Assistance Workshops: We will conduct 10 technical 
assistance workshops for these programs. At these workshops, Department 
of Education staff will assist prospective applicants in developing 
proposals and will provide budget information regarding these programs. 
The dates and sites for the technical assistance workshops will be 
posted on the TRIO Web site in September. The TRIO Web site is: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/HEP/trio.
    The technical assistance workshops sites are accessible to 
individuals with disabilities. If you will need an auxiliary aid or 
service to participate in the workshops (e.g., interpreting service, 
assistive listening device, or materials in an alternative format), 
notify one of the contact persons listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT at least two weeks before the scheduled workshop date.
    For Further Information Contact: Upward Bound Program: Sheryl 
Wilson or Gaby Watts, Federal TRIO Programs, U.S. Department of 
Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Suite 7000, Washington, DC 20006-8510. 
Telephone: (202) 502-7600 or via Internet: TRIO@ed.gov, 
Sheryl.Wilson@ed.gov, Gaby.Watts@ed.gov.
    Upward Bound Math and Science Program: Geraldine Smith, Federal 
TRIO Programs, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Suite 
7000, Washington, DC 20006-8510. Telephone: (202) 502-7600 or via 
Internet: TRIO@ed.gov, Geraldine.Smith@ed.gov.
    If you use 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 persons listed under FOR 
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format by contacting ED Pubs. However, the 
Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative format the 
standard forms included in the application package.

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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070a-11 and 20 U.S.C. 1070a-13.

    Dated: September 17, 2002.
Sally L. Stroup,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 02-24010 Filed 9-19-02; 8:45 am]