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Part IV

Department of Education
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), National
Research Institutes' Field-Initiated Studies (FIS) Research Grant 
Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 1999; Notice

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[CFDA No.: 84.305T]

Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) National 
Research Institutes' Field-Initiated Studies (FIS) Research Grant 
Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 1999

    Purpose of Program: The Field-Initiated Studies Program awards 
grants to conduct education research in which topics and methods of 
study are generated by investigators.
    Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher 
education; State and local education agencies; public and private 
organizations, institutions, and agencies; and individuals.
    Applications Available: December 29, 1998. Application packages 
will be available by mail and, electronically, on the World Wide Web at 
the following site:


    Deadline for Receipt of Applications: February 19, 1999.

    Note: All applications must be received on or before February 
19, 1999. This requirement takes exception to the Education 
Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR 
75.102. In accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (5 
U.S.C. 553), it is the practice of the Secretary to offer interested 
parties the opportunity to comment on proposed regulations. However, 
this amendment to EDGAR makes procedural changes only and does not 
establish new substantive policy. Therefore, under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(A), proposed rulemaking is not required.
    Tentative Award Date: May 31, 1999.
    Available Funds: $9.6 million.
    Estimated Range of Awards: In the past awards have ranged from 
$450,000 to $1,000,000 per award for a three-year project. The length 
of projects and the size of awards will be commensurate with the nature 
and scope of the work proposed.
    Budget Period: 12 months.
    Project Periods: 1 to 3 years.

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

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 80, 81, 
82, 85 and 86 (part 86 applies to IHEs only); and (b) the regulations 
in 34 CFR part 700.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Field-Initiated Studies Grant Program is 
highly competitive. In its last competition, OERI funded about 1 award 
for every 20 eligible applications. In general, peer reviewers find 
that strong applications for FIS grants clearly address each of the 
applicable selection criteria.
    Strong applications make a reasoned and compelling case for the 
national significance of the problems or issues that will be the 
subject of the proposed research. The design of the work to be carried 
out should be complete and clearly delineated, incorporating sound 
research methods and appropriate statistical techniques. The personnel 
descriptions included in the application should make it apparent that 
the project director, principal investigator and other key personnel 
possess training and experience commensurate with their duties.
    The project period of the grant may be from one to three years. In 
the past, the total amount of the grant for the entire project period 
has ranged from $450,000 to $1,000,000. In the application, the project 
period should be divided into 12-month budget periods. Each 12-month 
budget should be clearly delineated and justified in terms of the 
proposed activities.


    The Secretary encourages collaboration in the conduct of research. 
For example, major research universities and institutions may 
collaborate with historically underrepresented institutions, such as 
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving 
Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

to obtain further information about the FIS competition write to the 
Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of 
Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Room 604, Washington, DC 20208, 
or contact Veda Bright at (202) 219-1935 or by e-mail: 
    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.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request by contacting Veda Bright at (202) 219-1935.

Electronic Access to This Document

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    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6031(c)(2)(B)

    Dated: December 8, 1998.
C. Kent McGuire,
Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement.
[FR Doc. 98-33092 Filed 12-11-98; 8:45 am]