[Federal Register: November 14, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 221)]
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Part II

Department of Education


Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program; Notice Inviting 
Applications for New Awards for FY 1997

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[CFDA NO. 84.200]

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program

    Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 
    Purpose of Program: This program provides fellowships through 
academic departments and programs of institutions of higher education 
to assist graduate students of superior ability who demonstrate 
financial need. The purpose of the program is to sustain and enhance 
the capacity for teaching and research in areas of national need.
    Eligible Applicants: Academic departments and programs of 
institutions of higher education that meets the requirements in 34 CFR 
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: January 6, 1997.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: March 6, 1997.
    Applications Available: November 15, 1996.
    Available Funds: $6,500,000 for new awards.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$750,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $130,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 50.

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

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 82, 
85, and 86; and (b) The regulations in 34 CFR Part 648.

    Stipend Level: The Secretary has determined that the maximum 
fellowship stipend for academic year 1997-1998 is $14,400, which is 
equal to the level of support that the National Science Foundation is 
providing for its graduate fellowships.
    Institutional Payment: The Secretary estimates that the 
institutional payment for academic year 1997-1998 will be $9,993, which 
represents a 2.7 percent adjustment of the academic year 1996-1997 
payment based on the Department of Labor's projection in April 1996 of 
the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for 1996. The Secretary will adjust the 
institutional payment prior to the issuance of grant awards based on 
the Department of Labor's projection in December 1996 of the CPI for 


    Absolute Priorities: Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) and 34 CFR 648.33, 
the Secretary gives an absolute preference to applications that meet 
one or more of the following priorities. The Secretary funds under this 
competition only applications that meet one or more of these absolute 
    Applications that propose to provide fellowships in one or more of 
the following areas of national need: Biology, Chemistry, Computer and 
Information Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics.

Department of Education, International Education and Graduate Program 
Service, 600 Independence Ave, S.W., Suite 600-B, Portals Building, 
Washington, D.C. 20202-5331. Telephone: (202) 260-3608. Individuals who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    Information about the Department's funding opportunities, including 
copies of application notices for discretionary grant competitions, can 
be viewed on the Department's electronic bulletin board (ED Board), 
telephone (202) 260-9950; on the Internet Gopher Server (at gopher://
gcs.ed.gov/) or on the World Wide Web (at http://gcs.ed.gov). However, 
the official application notice for a discretionary grant competition 
is the notice published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1134l-1134q-1.

    Dated: November 6, 1996.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 96-29123 Filed 11-13-96; 8:45 am]