FR Doc 03-21812
[Federal Register: August 26, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 165)]
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[CFDA No. 84.019A]

Office of Postsecondary Education; Fulbright-Hays Faculty 
Research Abroad Fellowship Program; Notice Inviting Applications for 
New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

    Purpose of Program: The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad 
Fellowship Program offers opportunities to faculty members of 
institutions of higher education for research and study in modern 
foreign languages and area studies.
    For FY 2004 the competition for new awards focuses on projects 
designed to meet the priority we describe in the PRIORITY section of 
this application notice.
    Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education.
    Applications Available: August 26, 2003.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: October 20, 2003.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$1,575,000 for Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship 
Program new awards for FY 2004. The actual level of funding, if any, 
depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting 
applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if 
Congress appropriates funds for this program.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $20,000-$100,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Fellowship Awards: $47,727.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 33 fellowships.

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

    Project Period: The institutional project period is 18 months 
beginning July 1, 2004. Faculty may request funding for 3-12 months.
    Page Limit: The application narrative is where the faculty 
applicant addresses the selection criteria that reviewers use to 
evaluate the application. The faculty applicant must limit the 
narrative to the equivalent of no more than 10 pages, and the 
references to the equivalent of no more than 2 pages, using the 
following standards:

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 81, 82, 
85, 86, 97, 98, and 99; and (b) The regulations for this program in 34 
CFR part 663.


    This competition focuses on projects designed to meet a priority in 
the regulations for this program (34 CFR 663.21(d)), which provides 
that priorities may be established for projects focusing on certain 
geographic areas in addition to certain other categories.

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Absolute Priority

    A research project that focuses on one or more of the following 
areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South 
Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Western 
Hemisphere (Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, and the 
Caribbean). Please note that applications that propose projects focused 
on Western Europe will not be funded.
    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet 
the priority.
    Performance Measures: The effectiveness of the Fulbright-Hays 
Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program will be measured by the 
improvement of language proficiency of fellows. All grantees will be 
expected to provide documentation of the improved language proficiency 
of fellows through the Department's Evaluation of Exchange, Language, 
International and Area Studies (EELIAS) electronic reporting system for 
the purposes of assessing the effectiveness of individual projects and 
the program overall.

Application Procedures

    The Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA) of 1998 (Pub. L. 
105-277) and the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement 
Act of 1999 (Pub. L. 106-107) encourage us to undertake initiatives to 
improve our grant processes. Enhancing the ability of individuals and 
entities to conduct business with us electronically is a major part of 
our response to these Acts. Therefore, we are taking steps to adopt the 
Internet as our chief means of conducting transactions in order to 
improve services to our customers and to simplify and expedite our 
business processes.

    Note: Some of the procedures in these instructions for 
transmitting applications differ from those in the Education 
Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 
75.102). Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the 
Department generally offers interested parties the opportunity to 
comment on proposed regulations. However, these amendments make 
procedural changes only and do not establish new substantive policy. 
Therefore, under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A), the Secretary has determined 
that proposed rulemaking is not required.

    We are requiring that applications for grants for FY 2004 under the 
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program be submitted 
electronically using e-Application available through the Department's 
e-GRANTS system. The e-GRANTS system is accessible through its portal 
page at:
    An applicant who is unable to submit an application through the e-
GRANTS system may submit a written request for a waiver of the 
electronic submission requirement. In the request, the applicant should 
explain the reason or reasons that prevent the applicant from using the 
Internet to submit the application. The request should be addressed to: 
Eliza Washington or Amy Wilson, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K 
St., NW., Suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006-8521. Please submit your 
request no later than two weeks before the application deadline date.
    If, within two weeks of the application deadline date, an applicant 
is unable to submit an application electronically, the applicant must 
submit a paper application by the application deadline date in 
accordance with the transmittal instructions in the application 
package. The paper application must include a written request for a 
waiver documenting the reasons that prevented the applicant from using 
the Internet to submit the application.

Pilot Project for Electronic Submission of Applications

    In FY 2004, the Department is continuing to expand its pilot 
project for electronic submission of applications to include additional 
formula grant programs and additional discretionary grant competitions. 
The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program--CFDA 
84.019A is one of the programs included in the pilot project. If you 
are an applicant under the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad 
Fellowship Program, you must submit your application to us in 
electronic format or receive a waiver.
    The pilot project involves the use of the Electronic Grant 
Application System (e-Application). Users of e-Application will be 
entering data on-line while completing their applications. You may not 
e-mail a soft copy of a grant application to us. The data you enter on-
line will be saved into a database. We shall continue to evaluate the 
success of e-Application and solicit suggestions for its improvement.

    Note: In order for institutions to apply electronically, 
potential project directors must email the following information to first and last name of potential project director, 
university, and email address. This information must be submitted no 
later than September 8, 2003.

    If you participate in e-Application, please note the following:
    [sbull] When you enter the e-Application system, you will find 
information about its hours of operation. We strongly recommend that 
you do not wait until the application deadline date to initiate an e-
Application package.

  1. Print ED 424 from e-Application.
  2. The institution'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 ED 424.
  4. Fax the signed ED 424 to the Application Control Center at (202) 260-1349.
[[Page 51259]] The Department must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to confirm the Department's acknowledgement of any system unavailability, you may contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or (2) the e- GRANTS help desk at 1-888-336-8930. You may access the electronic grant application for the Fulbright- Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program at: Note: An applicant institution of higher education must submit all individual applications in electronic format unless the institution receives a waiver of this requirement. Individuals interested in funding under this program must check with the applicant institution to see if the institution is participating in e-Application, or has requested a waiver. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eliza Washington or Amy Wilson, International Education and Graduate Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006- 8521. Telephone: (202) 502-7700 or via Internet: If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application package in an alternative format by contacting that person. However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative format the standard forms included in the application package. Electronic Access to This Document You may view this document, as well as all other Department of Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530. You may also view this document in PDF at the following 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: Program Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2452(b)(6). Dated: August 21, 2003. Sally L. Stroup, Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. 03-21812 Filed 8-25-03; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000-01-U