FR Doc 2010-6657
[Federal Register: March 25, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 57)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Office of Postsecondary Education Overview Information; Fund for 
the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)--Special Focus 
Competition: The U.S.-Russia Program: Improving Research and 
Educational Activities in Higher Education; Notice Inviting 
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010.

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.116S.
    Dates: Applications Available: March 25, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 18, 2010.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 19, 2010.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The U.S.-Russia Program encourages cooperative 
education programs between institutions of higher education (IHEs) in 
the Russian Federation and the United States of America. The objective 
of this program is to provide grants that demonstrate partnerships 
between Russian and American IHEs that contribute to the development 
and promotion of educational opportunities between the two nations. The 
aim is to use the educational content as the vehicle for learning 
languages, cultural appreciation, sharing knowledge, and forming long-
term relationships between the two countries. In the context of the 
modern international society and a global economy, an understanding of 
the cultural context plays a vital role in education and training.
    Applications are invited from IHEs with the capacity to contribute 
to a collaborative project with Russian IHEs. This program is designed 
to support the formation of educational consortia of American and 
Russian IHEs to encourage mutual socio-cultural-linguistic cooperation; 
the joint development of curricula, educational materials, and other 
types of educational and methodological activities; and related 
educational student and staff mobility (exchanges).
    Priorities: This competition includes one absolute priority and one 
invitational priority.
    Absolute Priority: This priority is from the notice of final 
priorities for this program, published in the Federal Register on 
December 11, 2009 (74 FR 65764). 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:
    This priority supports the formation of educational consortia of 
U.S. and Russian institutions to encourage mutual socio-cultural-
linguistic cooperation; the coordination of joint development of 
curricular, educational materials; and the exchange of students. In 
order to be eligible for an award under this priority, the applicant in 
the U.S. must be a U.S. institution and the applicant in Russia must be 
a Russian institution. Russian institutions will receive separate but 
parallel funding from the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.
    An interested American IHE must form a consortium with one or more 
of the following Russian IHEs:
    (1) Moscow State Technical University; 105005, Moscow, 2 
Baumanskaia str,5; POC: Irina Chubukova, Head, Office of International 
Projects; Ph. +7-499-2636218, E-mail: ichubukova@bmstu.ru.
    (2) Tomsk Politechnical University, 634050, Tomsk, Lenin av., 30; 
POC: Gromov Alexander, Deputy Vice Rector; Ph. +7-3822-701776, E-mail: 
gromov@tpu.ru.
    (3) Kazan State Technical University; 420111, Karl Marks str., 10, 
Kazan; POC: Lanbaev Fatih, Ph. +7-843-2389159, E-mail: aurum_
fr@mail.ru.
    (4) Saint-Petersburg State University of Information Technologies,

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Department of Mechanics and Optics, 199034, St. Peterburg Birgevoi 
per., 16; POC: Toivonen Nikolai, Vice rector, Ph. +7-812-4384511, E-
mail: toivonen@hq.pu.ru.
    (5) National University of Science and Technology MISIS, 119049, 
Moscow, Leninski av., 4; POC: Timothy O'Connor, Vice Rector, Ph. +7-
495-2368152, E-mail: tim.oconnor@misis.ru.
    (6) National Research Nuclear University, 115409, Moscow, 
Kashirskoe sh., 31; POC: Ivliev Sergei, Ph. +7-495-3239377, E-mail: 
ivliev@theor.mephi.ru.
    (7) State University--Higher School of Economics, 101000, Moscow, 
Miasnitskaia, 20; POC: Isak Froumin, Vice Rector, Ph. +7-495-6235249, 
E-mail: ifroumin@hse.ru.
    (8) Novosibirsk State University, 630090, Novosibirsk Pirogova 
str., 2; POC: Tsurkan Alexey, Director of Institute, Ph. +7-383-
3302334, E-mail: gelberiets@ngs.ru.
    (9) Saint-Petersburg State Mining Institute (Technical University), 
199106, St. Petersburg Vasilievski Island, line 21, 2; POC: Trushko 
Vladimir, Vice Rector, Ph. +7-812-3214071, E-mail: trushko@spmi.ru.
    (10) Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), 
141700, Moscow reg., Dolgoprudny, Istitutski per., 9; POC: Muravyov 
Alexander, Director of Innovation Center, Ph. +7-495-4088544, E-mail: 
amuravyov@miptic.ru.
    (11) Perm State Technical University, 614990, Perm, Komsomolski 
av., 29, POC: Tashkinov Anatolyy, Vice Rector, Ph. 7-3422198430, E-
mail: adm@pstu.ru.
    (12) Samara State Aerospace University, 443086, Samara, Moscovskoe 
sh., 34, POC: Prokhorov Alexander, Head of Department, Ph. +7-846-
2674411, E-mail: prokhorov@ssau.ru.
    (13) Nizhni Novgorod State University, 603950, Nizhi Novgorod, 
Gagarin, av., 23; POC: Kuftyrev Ilia, Head of Department, Ph. 7-
8314623102, E-mail: foreign@unn.ru.
    Invitational Priority: For FY 2010, this priority is an 
invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1), we do not give an 
application that meets this invitational priority a competitive or 
absolute preference over other applications.
    For FY 2010, the Department and the Russian Ministry have jointly 
decided to make up to six awards in the following three subject areas:

(A) Science and Technology
(B) Environmental Science
(C) Education, Culture, and Society

    Below is a list of examples of the issues in these subject areas. 
However, we define these areas broadly and applicants are not limited 
to the examples given below. Applications are invited from consortia 
partners with the capacity to bring together expertise from their 
respective countries to find innovative ways to address global issues 
and challenges faced by both Russia and the U.S. Examples of the 
subject areas covered by this invitational priority include the 
following:
A. Science and Technology
[cir] Nanotechnology
[cir] Agricultural practices under climate change
[cir] Biotechnology to support food production and environment
[cir] Lifestyle, diet, and personal health under changing demographics
[cir] Evolution and control of global diseases
[cir] New electronic media for teaching and learning
B. Environmental Science
[cir] Impact of climate change on ecosystems
[cir] Natural resources for alternative energy
[cir] Energy conservation in buildings and appliances
[cir] Emission reduction
[cir] Sustainable development
[cir] Waste management
[cir] Preservation of natural habitats, ocean resources, and forests
[cir] Biodiversity
C. Education, Culture, and Society
[cir] Teacher preparation for emerging sciences
[cir] Role of two-year and community colleges, and vocational and 
technical institutions in meeting graduation targets
[cir] Religious and cultural tolerance in a global society
[cir] Impact of culture on trade and business
[cir] Sustainability of major political systems
[cir] Public awareness of the climate change and sustainability of the 
environment
[cir] Public participation in nuclear disarmament and fighting 
terrorism
[cir] Use of media to promote religious, cultural and social tolerance
[cir] Role of free and independent media in a democratic society

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1138-1138d.

    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian tribes.


    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to IHEs only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $800,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$150,000 for the first year; 
$300,000-$400,000 for the entire 36-month grant period.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $133,000 for the first year; 
$350,000 for the entire 36-month grant period.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a 
budget exceeding $150,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The 
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education may change the maximum 
amount through a notice published in the Federal Register.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 6.

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

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: IHEs or combinations of IHEs and other 
public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an 
application package via the Internet or from the Education Publications 
Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following 
address: http://e-grants.ed.gov. To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write, 
fax, or call the following: Education Publications Center, P.O. Box 
22207, Alexandria, VA 22304. Telephone, toll free: 1-877-433-7827. FAX: 
(703) 605-6794. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD), call, toll free: 1-877-576-7734.
    You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: 
http://www.edpubs.gov or at its e-mail address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov.
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 
this program or competition as follows: CFDA number 84.116S.
    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 person listed under Accessible 
Format in Section VIII of this notice.

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    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 competition.
    Page Limit: 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 the 
application narrative [Part III] to the equivalent of no more than 20 
typed 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, as well as 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).
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font 
(including Times Roman and Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.
    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, the page 
limit does apply to all of the application narrative section [Part 
III].
    We will reject your application if you exceed the page limit.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: March 25, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 18, 2010.
    Applications for grants under the U.S.-Russia Program: Improving 
Research and Educational Activities in Higher Education, CFDA Number 
84.116S, must be submitted electronically using the Electronic Grant 
Application System (e-Application) accessible through the Department's 
e-Grants Web site. For information (including dates and times) about 
how to submit your application electronically, or 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: July 19, 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 
part 74. We reference additional regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this competition 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 U.S.-Russia Program: Improving 
Research and Educational Activities in Higher Education, CFDA Number 
84.116S, 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 
is two weeks 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 
competition 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, Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED 524), 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.

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    (2) The applicant's Authorizing Representative must sign this form.
    (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand 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: Krish Mathur, U.S. 
Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Room 6155, Washington, DC 
20006-8544. FAX: (202) 502-7877.
    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 84.116S), 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.
    (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 84.116S), 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

    Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for evaluating the 
applications for this program are from 34 CFR 75.210 and are listed in 
the application package.

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 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.

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    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. The Secretary may also require more frequent 
performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements 
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    4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act (GPRA), the Department will use the following measures to 
assess the performance of this program:
    (a) The percentage of FIPSE grantees reporting project 
dissemination to others.
    (b) The percentage of FIPSE projects reporting institutionalization 
on their home campuses.
    If funded, you will be asked to collect and report data on these 
measures in your project's annual performance report (34 CFR 75.590). 
Applicants are also advised to consider these two measures in 
conceptualizing the design, implementation, and evaluation of the 
proposed project because of their importance in the application review 
process. Collection of data on these measures should be part of the 
project evaluation plan, along with any measures of progress on goals 
and objectives that are specific to your project.

VII. Agency Contacts

    For Further Information Contact: Krish Mathur, FIPSE--Fund for the 
Improvement of Postsecondary Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Room 6155, 
Washington, DC 20006-8544. Telephone: (202) 502-7512 or by e-mail: 
krish.mathur@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 
function and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary 
Education.

    Dated: March 22, 2010.
Daniel T. Madzelan,
Director, Forecasting and Policy Analysis.
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