FR Doc 03-5283
[Federal Register: March 6, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 44)]
[Page 10712-10714]
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[CFDA No.: 84.344]

Office of Postsecondary Education; TRIO Dissemination Partnership 
(TRIO Dissemination) Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New 
Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2003

    Purpose of Program: The TRIO Dissemination Program provides grants 
to TRIO Program grantees to enable them to work with institutions and 
organizations that are serving low-income and first-generation college 
students, but do not have TRIO Program grants. The purpose of the TRIO 
Dissemination Program is to promote the replication or adaptation of 
successful TRIO Program components, practices, strategies, and 
activities by institutions and organizations that are not TRIO Program 
grantees. The TRIO Programs consist of Talent Search, Educational 
Opportunity Centers, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Ronald E. 

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Postbaccalaureate Achievement Programs, and the Training Program for 
Federal TRIO Programs.
    For FY 2003, we encourage applicants to design projects that focus 
on the invitational priorities in the Priorities section of this 
application notice.
    Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education and private 
and public institutions and organizations that were carrying out a 
Federal TRIO grant before October 7, 1998, the date of enactment of the 
Higher Education Amendments of 1998.
    Applications Available: March 6, 2003.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 7, 2003.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 9, 2003.
    Estimated Available Funds: $5,500,000.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: All previously funded grantees under this 
program are eligible to apply under this competition. However, no prior 
experience points will be awarded. In addition, as the purpose of the 
Dissemination Program is to increase the impact of the TRIO Programs in 
order to reach more TRIO-eligible students, previously funded grantees 
must identify new partners and, as appropriate, select a new component 
or strategy.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $150,000-$200,000 for Year 1 of the 
project period.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $179,000 per year.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a 
budget exceeding $200,000 for Year 1 of the project period. The 
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education may change the maximum 
amount through a notice published in the Federal Register.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 25-30.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any of the estimates in 
this notice.

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.
    Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) 
is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria reviewers 
use to evaluate your application. You must limit Part III to the 
equivalent of no more than 45 pages, using the following standards:
    [sbull] A ``page'' is 8.5'' by 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, 
81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.


    Invitational Priorities: We are particularly interested in 
applications that meet one or more of the following invitational 

Invitational Priority 1--Advance the Awareness of Underserved Groups in 
the Benefits of TRIO Programs

    Projects that have developed successful partnerships with 
institutions and organizations serving significant numbers or 
percentages of TRIO-eligible students in economically depressed areas 
for the purposes of increasing access, retention and completion rates 
of these students in secondary and postsecondary education. TRIO 
institutions and organizations that have been successful in making the 
TRIO programs more visible and accessible to these potential 
participants are encouraged to assist other institutions in adopting 
successful intervention models.

Invitational Priority 2--Effective Use of Educational Technology

    Projects designed to share effective strategies for using 
technology in a variety of ways, including innovative technology-based 
instructional programs; use of technology to provide better access to 
educational opportunities; and technology-based programs to equip 
disadvantaged students with the knowledge and skills to compete for 
jobs in the emerging world economy that require the use of new and 
sophisticated technologies.

Invitational Priority 3--Business and Community Partnerships and K-12 

    Projects to assist communities with large numbers of low-income, 
first-generation college students to develop effective business and 
community partnerships and K-12 collaborations.

Invitational Priority 4--Increased Participation of Underrepresented 
Groups in Graduate Study

    Projects designed to share successful TRIO strategies for 
increasing the access, retention, and completion rates of low-income, 
first generation college students and students from the following 
ethnic and racial groups that are currently underrepresented in 
graduate education: Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian, 
and Alaska Native.
    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets 
the invitational priorities a competitive or absolute preference over 
other applications.

Virginia Mason, Office of 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:
    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 contact person listed under FOR 
    Individuals with disabilities also may obtain a copy of the 
application package in an alternative format by contacting those 
persons. However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an 
alternative format the standard forms included in the application 

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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070a-11 and 1070a-18.

    Dated: March 3, 2003.
Sally L. Stroup,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 03-5283 Filed 3-5-03; 8:45 am]