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Frequently Asked Questions for the FY 2007 Grant Competition

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  1. What is the maximum award and minimum student service number for a McNair applicant that is seeking a first-time award?
  2. What is the maximum award and minimum student service number for an applicant currently receiving a McNair Program grant?
  3. How much of an increase should be projected for the out-years of McNair Program funding?
  4. Where in the budget do you put all costs that relate to students? Are these costs included in the indirect costs?
  5. May we use bullets in the program narrative and single-space the text following the bullets?
  6. Is 2000 Census data acceptable if it is the latest available source data for the Need Section?
  7. What is the maximum amount of the federal stipend that is permissible under the McNair Program for students participating in approved research activities?
  8. What are the underrepresented groups that may be used to classify a student for McNair Program services under this portion of the eligibility criterion?

1. What is the maximum award and minimum student service number for a McNair applicant that is seeking a first-time award?

The maximum award for a new applicant is $220,000 for an applicant proposing to serve the minimum student service number of 25 students.

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2. What is the maximum award and minimum student service number for an applicant currently receiving a McNair Program grant?

An applicant currently receiving a McNair Program grant may request the greater of (a) $220,000 to serve a minimum of 25 students, or (b) an amount equal to $9,000 times the number of participants, not to exceed 105 percent of the applicant’s grant award amount for FY 2006.

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3. How much of an increase should be projected for the out-years of McNair Program funding?

Your application budget information (ED Form 524) should include a one-year budget only. The budget narrative should also reflect information for the first year only. It is not necessary to project expenditures for the out-years since the McNair Program allocation for the future years has not yet been determined.

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4. Where in the budget do you put all costs that relate to students? Are these costs included in the indirect costs?

All costs related to stipends, room and board, meals, tuition and related fees should be placed under the “Training Stipends” category on the budget form (ED Form 524). These costs are not to be included in the calculation of indirect costs. Please identify the various categories of expenses in the budget summary. With the transition to Grants.gov, we are no longer able to modify the standard budget forms to accommodate the specifics of the TRIO programs as we have done in previous competitions.

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5. May we use bullets in the program narrative and single-space the text following the bullets?

Yes and no. You may use bullets in the program narrative but the text must be double-spaced.

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6. Is 2000 Census data acceptable if it is the latest available source data for the Need Section?

You should use the most recent data available to convince the reader of the need for the McNair Program at your institution. If you decide to use the 2000 Census data, you may wish to supplement that information with more recent data from institutional or other appropriate data sources. It will be left to the reader’s discretion as to whether the data presented in the application achieved its intended purpose.

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7. What is the maximum amount of the federal stipend that is permissible under the McNair Program for students participating in approved research activities?

McNair students may receive up to $2,800 per year, per student for participation in an approved research activity.

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8. What are the underrepresented groups that may be used to classify a student for McNair Program services under this portion of the eligibility criterion?

The following groups are currently designated in the McNair Program regulations as underrepresented for purposes of the McNair eligibility criteria: Black (non-Hispanic); Hispanic; and American Indian/Alaskan Native. As a policy issue, the Department has also included Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (with an affiliation with the United States, such as residents of American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands) in the underrepresented groups designation.

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