[Federal Register: June 30, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 125)]
[Notices]              
[Page 37776-37779]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr30jn10-38]                        
                          
                  
         

Download: download files

----------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information Centers
of Excellence for Veteran Student Success; Notice Inviting Applications
for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.116G.
    Dates:
    Applications Available: June 30, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 30, 2010.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 28, 2010.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to encourage
institutions of higher education (IHEs) to develop model programs to
support veteran student success in postsecondary education by
coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and
social needs of veteran students.
    Priorities: This notice contains one absolute priority and one
invitational priority. In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), the
absolute priority is from section 873 of the Higher Education Act of
1965, as amended (HEA) (20 U.S.C. 1161t).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2010 and any subsequent year in which we
make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this
competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR
75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    Projects that include the following required activities:
    Establishing a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success on
the campus of the institution to provide a single point of contact to
coordinate comprehensive support services for veteran students;
establishing a veteran student support team, including representatives
from the offices of the institution responsible for admissions,
registration, financial aid, veterans benefits, academic advising,
student health, personal or mental health counseling, career advising,
disabilities services, and any other office of the institution that
provides support to veteran students on campus; providing a coordinator
whose primary responsibility is to coordinate the model program;
monitoring the rates of veteran student enrollment, persistence, and
completion; and developing a plan to sustain the Center of Excellence
for Veteran Student Success after the grant period.
    Invitational Priority: Under this competition we are particularly
interested in applications that address the following 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.
    This priority is:
    Projects that detail specific steps that will be taken to recruit,
retain, and graduate veterans from groups with college completion rates
that are below the national average--such as English language learners
and homeless veterans--as well as veterans who are members of groups
that have traditionally been underrepresented in postsecondary
education based on race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1161t.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 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.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $5,940,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $250,000 to $400,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $313,000 for 36 months.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 19.

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

    Project Period: 36 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education.
    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: ED Pubs, U.S. Department
of Education, 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

[[Page 37777]]

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 package from ED Pubs, be sure to
identify this program or competition as follows: CFDA number 84.116G.
    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 or team listed under
Accessible Format in Section VIII of this notice.
    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 is where you, the applicant,
address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your
application. You must limit the application narrative to no more than
15 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, except 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 or 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; the table of contents; the one
page abstract, the resumes, the bibliography or citation list, letters
of partners' or other collaborators' commitment, or letters from
institutional administrators that document the applicant's current
activities to support veteran student enrollment, persistence, and
completion.
    We will reject your application if you exceed the page limit.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: June 30, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 30, 2010.
    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. 7. 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: September 28, 2010.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This competition 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 reference regulations outlining funding
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification
Number, and Central Contractor Registry: To do business with the
Department of Education, (1) You must have a Data Universal Numbering
System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN); (2)
you must register both of those numbers with the Central Contractor
Registry (CCR), the Government's primary registrant database; and (3)
you must provide those same numbers on your application.
    You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet. A DUNS number
can be created within one business day.
    If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or
organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service.
If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal
Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. If you need a
new TIN, please allow 2-5 weeks for your TIN to become active.
    The CCR registration process may take five or more business days to
complete. If you are currently registered with the CCR, you may not
need to make any changes. However, please make certain that the TIN
associated with your DUNS number is correct. Also note that you will
need to update your CCR registration on an annual basis. This may take
three or more business days to complete.
    7. 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 Centers of Excellence for Veteran
Student Success Program--CFDA Number 84.116G 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

[[Page 37778]]

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 word
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 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: Cassandra Courtney, U.S.
Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 6166, 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 84.116G), 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 84.116G), 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.


[[Page 37779]]


    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 this program are
from 34 CFR 75.210 and section 873 of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1161t) 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.
    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
on reporting, please go to 
http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and
Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), the following performance measures will be
used by the Department in assessing the success of the Centers of
Excellence for Veteran Student Success Program: The extent to which
funded projects increase enrollment of, and persistence and completion
by, veteran students in postsecondary education.
    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).

VII. Agency Contact

    For Further Information Contact: Cassandra Courtney, Fund for the
Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education,
1990 K Street, NW., room 6166, Washington, DC 20006-8544. Telephone:
(202) 502-7506.
    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: hhttp://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: June 25, 2010.
Daniel T. Madzelan,
Director, Forecasting and Policy Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2010-15919 Filed 6-29-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4000-01-P