FR Doc E9-27581[Federal Register: November 17, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 220)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information Graduate 
Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN); Notice Inviting 
Applications for New Awards For Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.200A.
    Dates:
    Applications Available: November 17, 2009.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: December 18, 2009.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: February 16, 2010.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: This program provides fellowships in areas of 
national need to assist graduate students with excellent academic 
records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest 
degree available in their course of study at the institution.
    Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(ii), this priority 
is from the regulations for this program (34 CFR 648.33(a) and Appendix 
to part 648--Academic Areas).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2010, this priority is an absolute 
priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that 
meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    Areas of National Need: A project must provide fellowships in one 
or more of the following areas of national need: Biology, Chemistry, 
Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Nursing, 
Physics, and Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1135.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department
    General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 
77, 79, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The regulations for this 
program in 34 CFR part 648.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants redistributed as fellowships to 
individual fellows.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$9,144,795 for new awards for this program for FY 2010. 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: $131,265--$262,530.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $175,020.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 52.

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

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.
    Stipend Level: The Secretary will determine the fellowship stipend 
for GAANN for the academic year 2010-2011 based on the level of support 
provided by the graduate fellowships of the National Science 
Foundation, as of February 1, 2010. However, the Secretary will adjust 
the amount, as necessary, so as not to exceed the

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fellow's demonstrated level of financial need as calculated for 
purposes of the Federal Student Financial Aid Programs under Title IV, 
Part F, of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
    Institutional Payment: The Secretary will determine the 
institutional payment for the academic year 2010-2011 by adjusting the 
previous academic year institutional payment, which is $13,755 per 
fellow, by the U.S. Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index for the 
2009 calendar year.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Academic departments of institutions of 
higher education that meet the requirements in 34 CFR 648.2.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: An institution must provide, from non-
Federal funds, an institutional matching contribution equal to at least 
25 percent of the grant amount received (see 34 CFR 648.7).
    3. Other: For requirements relating to selecting fellows, see 34 
CFR 648.40.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: Gary Thomas, U.S. 
Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 6016, Washington, DC 
20006-8524. Telephone (202) 502-7767; or, by e-mail: 
gary.thomas@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the 
Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application 
package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, 
or computer diskette) by contacting the program contact person listed 
in this section.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you 
must submit, are in the application package for this program.
    Page Limit: The application narrative, Part II of the application, 
is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that 
reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit the 
application narrative, Part II, as follows:
     An application in a single discipline must be limited to 
the equivalent of no more than 40 pages.
     An inter-disciplinary application must be limited to the 
equivalent of no more than 40 pages. An inter-disciplinary application 
must request funding for a single proposed program of study that 
involves two or more academic disciplines.
     A multi-disciplinary application must be limited to the 
equivalent of no more than 40 pages for each academic department 
included in the proposal. A multi-disciplinary application must request 
funding for two or more academic departments in areas of national need 
designated as priorities by the Secretary that are independent and 
unrelated to one another.
     A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides. Page numbers and an 
identifier may be within the 1'' margin.
     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. Charts, 
tables, figures, and graphs presented in the application narrative 
count toward the page limit.
     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, graphs, footnotes, and endnotes.
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font 
(including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.
     Appendices are limited to the following: Curriculum 
Vitae--no more than two pages per faculty member, a course listing, 
letters of support, a bibliography, and one additional optional 
appendix relevant to the support of the proposal, not to exceed five 
pages.
    The page limit does not apply to Part I, the Application for 
Federal Assistance (SF 424); the Supplemental Information Form required 
by the Department of Education; Part III, the assurances and 
certifications; the GAANN Statutory Assurances Form, the GAANN Budget 
Spreadsheet(s) form; the one-page abstract or the appendices. The page 
limit also does not apply to the table of contents, if you include one. 
However, you must include all of the application narrative in Part II.
    We will reject your application if you exceed the page limit.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: November 17, 2009.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: December 18, 2009.
    Applications for grants under this program must be submitted 
electronically using the Electronic Grant Application system (e-
Application) accessible through the Department's e-Grants site. For 
information (including dates and times) about how to submit your 
application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, please refer to Section IV.6. Other Submission 
Requirements of this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in Section VII 
of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
application process, the individual's application remains subject to 
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: February 16, 2010.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about 
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 
12372 is in the application package for this program.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We specify unallowable costs in 34 CFR 
648.64. We reference additional regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this program must be submitted electronically unless you qualify for an 
exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in 
this section.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    Applications for grants under the Graduate Assistance in Areas of 
National Need Program--CFDA number 84.200A must be submitted 
electronically using e-Application, accessible through the Department's 
e-Grants Web site at: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format 
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of 
the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no 
later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written 
statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these 
exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that 
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before the application deadline date is provided later in this section 
under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.
    While completing your electronic application, you will be entering 
data online that will be saved into a database. You may not e-mail an 
electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    Please note the following:
     You must complete the electronic submission of your grant 
application by 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. E-Application will not accept an application for this 
program after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait 
until the application deadline date to begin the application process.
     The hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6:00 
a.m. Monday until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday; and 6:00 a.m. Thursday until 
8:00 p.m. Sunday, Washington, DC time. Please note that, because of 
maintenance, the system is unavailable between 8:00 p.m. on Sundays and 
6:00 a.m. on Mondays, and between 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6:00 a.m. 
on Thursdays, Washington, DC time. Any modifications to these hours are 
posted on the e-Grants Web site.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your 
application in paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including 
all information you typically provide on the following forms: the 
Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of 
Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, the GAANN Budget 
Spreadsheet(s), and all necessary assurances and certifications. You 
must attach any narrative sections of your application as files in a 
.DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable Document) format. 
If you upload a file type other than the three file types specified in 
this paragraph or submit a password protected file, we will not review 
that material.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page 
limit requirements described in this notice.
     Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may 
wish to print a copy of it for your records.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive an automatic acknowledgment that will include a PR/Award number 
(an identifying number unique to your application).
     Within three working days after submitting your electronic 
application, fax a signed copy of the SF 424 to the Application Control 
Center after following these steps:
    (1) Print SF 424 from e-Application.
    (2) The applicant's Authorizing Representative must sign this form.
    (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper righthand corner of the 
hard-copy signature page of the SF 424.
    (4) Fax the signed SF 424 to the Application Control Center at 
(202) 245-6272.
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
other forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of e-Application 
Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting 
your application on the application deadline date because e-Application 
is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of one business day to 
enable you to transmit your application electronically, by mail, or by 
hand delivery. We will grant this extension if--
    (1) You are a registered user of e-Application, and you have 
initiated an electronic application for this competition; and
    (2)(a) E-Application is unavailable for 60 minutes or more between 
the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date; or
    (b) E-Application is unavailable for any period of time between 
3:30 p.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date.
    We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability 
before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to 
confirm our acknowledgment of any system unavailability, you may 
contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-
Grants help desk at 1-888-336-8930. If e-Application is unavailable due 
to technical problems with the system and, therefore, the application 
deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all registered users 
who have initiated an e-Application. Extensions referred to in this 
section apply only to the unavailability of e-Application.
    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an 
exception to the electronic submission requirement and may submit your 
application in paper format if you are unable to submit an application 
through e-Application because--
     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to 
e-Application; and
     No later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date (14 calendar days; or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the 
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business 
day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement 
to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception 
prevents you from using the Internet to submit your application. If you 
mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no 
later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax 
your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed 
statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date.
    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Gary Thomas, U.S. 
Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 6016, Washington, DC 
20006-8524. FAX: (202) 502-7859.
    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the 
mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a 
commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail 
the original and two copies of your application, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number 84.200A), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service.
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier.
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark.

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    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.

    Note:  The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a 
dated postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with 
your local post office.

    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.
    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper 
application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original 
and two copies of your application, by hand, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number 84.200A), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center 
Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, except 
Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.

    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications:  If you 
mail or hand deliver your application to the Department--
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by 
the Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including 
suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are 
submitting your application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a 
notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not 
receive this grant notification within 15 business days from the 
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of 
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are 
in 34 CFR 648.31.
    2. Review and Selection Process: Additional factors we consider in 
selecting an application for an award are in 34 CFR 648.32.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN). We may notify you informally, also.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we will notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a 
final performance report, including financial information, as directed 
by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an 
annual performance report that provides the most current performance 
and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary 
under 34 CFR 75.118 and 34 CFR 648.66. The Secretary may also require 
more frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific 
requirements on reporting, please go to 
http://www.ed.gov/fund/grants-apply.html. 
Grantees will be required to submit a supplement to the 
Final Performance Report two years after the expiration of their GAANN 
grant. The purpose of the supplement to the Final Performance Report is 
to identify and report the educational outcome of each GAANN Fellow.
    4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), the following measures will be used by the 
Department in assessing the performance of the GAANN Program:
    (1) The percentage of GAANN Fellows completing the terminal degree 
in the designated areas of national need;
    (2) The percentage of GAANN Fellows from traditionally 
underrepresented groups enrolled in a terminal degree program in the 
designated areas of national need; and
    (3) The median time to completion of Master's and Doctorate degrees 
for GAANN students.
    If funded, you will be asked to collect and report data in your 
project's annual performance report (EDGAR, 34 CFR 75.590) on these 
measures and on steps taken toward improving performance on these 
outcomes. Consequently, applicants are advised to include these 
outcomes in conceptualizing the design, implementation, and evaluation 
of their proposed projects. Their measurement should be a part of the 
project evaluation plan, along with measures of your progress on the 
goals and objectives specific to your project.
    All grantees will be expected to submit an annual performance 
report documenting their success in addressing these performance 
measures.

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Thomas, U.S. Department of 
Education, Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program, 1990 
K Street, NW., room 6016, Washington, DC 20006-8524. Telephone: (202) 
502-7767, or by e-mail: gary.thomas@ed.gov. If you use a TDD, call the 
FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on 
request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT in Section VII of this notice.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as 
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister. To 
use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at 
this site.

    Note:  The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: 
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/index.html.

    Delegation of Authority: The Secretary of Education has delegated 
authority to Daniel T. Madzelan, Director, Forecasting and Policy 
Analysis for the Office of Postsecondary Education, to perform the 
functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary 
Education.

    Dated: November 12, 2009.
Daniel T. Madzelan,
Director, Forecasting and Policy Analysis.
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