[Federal Register: August 19, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 160)]
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[CFDA No.: 84.015A and B]

Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education; 
Notice Inviting Applications for National Resource Centers Program for 
Foreign Language and Area Studies or Foreign Language and International 
Studies and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program New 
Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2000

    Purpose of Programs: The National Resource Centers (NRC) Program 

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awards to institutions of higher education for general assistance in 
strengthening nationally recognized centers of excellence in foreign 
language and area or international studies. NRC awards are used to 
support undergraduate centers or comprehensive centers, which include 
undergraduate, graduate, and professional school components.
    The Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) Program 
makes awards to institutions of higher education for fellowship 
assistance to meritorious students undergoing graduate training in 
modern foreign languages and related areas or international studies. 
FLAS awards are used to support academic year and summer fellowships.
    Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education and consortia 
of institutions of higher education.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: October 18, 1999.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: December 17, 1999.
    Applications Available: September 7, 1999.
    Available Funds: $21,230,000 for the NRC Program; and $15,090,000 
for the FLAS Program. The estimated amount of funds available for new 
awards is based on the Administration's request for FY 2000. The actual 
level of funding, if any, is contingent on final congressional action.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $175,000--$225,000 per year for the NRC 
Program, and $27,000--$172,800 per year for the FLAS Program.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $193,000 for the NRC Program and 
$116,000 for the FLAS Program.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 110 grants under the NRC Program, and 
130 grants under the FLAS Program. It is anticipated that the 130 FLAS 
program grants will yield 600 academic year fellowships and 415 summer 

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

    Project Period: 36 months, beginning September 1, 2000.
    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 for these programs as follows: 34 
CFR parts 655 and 656 governing the NRC Program; and 34 CFR parts 655 
and 657 governing the FLAS Program.


FLAS Subsistence Allowance Level

    The student subsistence allowance levels will be $11,000 for an 
academic year fellowship and $2,400 for a summer fellowship.

FLAS Institutional Payment

    An institutional payment in lieu of tuition will be $10,000 for an 
academic year fellowship and $3,600 for a summer fellowship.

FLAS Travel Payment

    Summer fellowships to be used on campuses other than the student's 
home institution may also include travel awards of $1,000 or the actual 
cost of travel, whichever is less.
    FLAS budgets, therefore, should reflect $21,000 for each academic 
year fellowship requested, $6,000 for each summer fellowship requested, 
and summer travel awards, if requested.

    Note: The amount of the award will not include allowances for 

Absolute Priority

    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) and 34 CFR 656.23(a)(1)-(2), and (4), the 
Secretary gives an absolute preference to applications that meet the 
following priority:
    Projects that include teacher training activities on the language, 
languages, area studies, or general topic of the center.

Page Limit

    The application narrative is where you, the applicant, address the 
selection criteria reviewers use in evaluating your application. You 
must limit the narrative to 35 double-spaced pages for a single 
institution's application or 45 double-spaced pages for a consortium's 
application 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. You must 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 charts, tables, figures or 
    If you use a proportional computer font, you may not use a font 
smaller than a 12-point font or an average character density greater 
than 18 characters per inch. If you use a nonproportional font or 
typewriter, you may not use more than 12 characters per inch.
    The page limit does not apply to the cover sheet, the abstract, the 
budget section, or the appendices.
    If, to meet the page limit, you use print size, spacing, or margins 
smaller than the standards in this notice, we will reject your 

Karla Ver Bryck Block, or Amy Wilson, NRC-FLAS Team, U.S. Department of 
Education, International Education and Graduate Programs Service, 400 
Maryland Avenue, S.W., Suite 600 Portals Building, Washington, D.C. 
20202-5331. Telephone (202) 401-9798. The e-mail address for the NRC-
FLAS Team is OPE__NRC-FLAS@ed.gov.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to one of the contact persons listed in the 
preceding paragraph. Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of 
the application package in an alternate format, also, by contacting 
that person. However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an 
alternate format the standard forms included in the application 

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    Program Authority: 22 U.S.C. 1122.

    Dated: August 16, 1999.
Claudio R. Prieto,
Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 99-21626 Filed 8-18-99; 8:45 am]