[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 96 (Monday, May 19, 2014)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-11520]
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Applications for New Awards; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation
Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program
AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA)
Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY)
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.022A.
Applications Available: May 19, 2014.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 24, 2014.
Full Text of Announcement
I. Funding Opportunity Description
Purpose of Program: The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program
provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time
dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area
studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and
improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies
in the United States.
Priorities: This notice contains one absolute priority, three
competitive preference priorities, and one invitational priority, which
are described in the following paragraphs. In accordance with 34 CFR
75.105(b)(2)(ii), the absolute and competitive preference priorities
are from the regulations for this program (34 CFR 662.21(d)).
Absolute Priority: For FY 2014, this priority is an absolute
priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that
meet this priority.
This priority is:
A research project that focuses on one or more of the following
geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific
Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and
Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and
its territories). Please note that applications that propose projects
focused on the following countries are not eligible: Andorra, Austria,
Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland,
Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands,
Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United
Kingdom, or Vatican City.
Competitive Preference Priorities: Within this absolute priority,
we give competitive preference to applications that address one or more
of the following priorities.
Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) and 34 CFR 662.21(d)(2), for FY 2014,
we award an additional three points to an application that meets
Competitive Preference Priority 1; two points for an application that
meets Competitive Preference Priority 2; and five points for an
application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 3 (up to 10
additional points possible).
These priorities are:
Competitive Preference Priority 1 (3 points): A research project
that focuses on one or more of the following geographic areas: sub-
Saharan Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo
Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, C[ocirc]te
d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial
Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-
Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania,
Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of
the Congo, R[eacute]union, Rwanda, S[atilde]o Tom[eacute] and
Pr[iacute]ncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South
Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia,
Zimbabwe), Southeast Asia (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,
Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam), and
South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal,
Pakistan, Sri Lanka).
Competitive Preference Priority 2 (2 points): A research project
that focuses on any of the 78 priority languages selected from the U.S.
Department of Education's list of Less Commonly Taught Languages
(LCTLs), as follows:
Akan (Twi-Fante), Albanian, Amharic, Arabic (all dialects),
Armenian, Azeri (Azerbaijani), Balochi, Bamanakan (Bamana, Bambara,
Mandikan, Mandingo, Maninka, Dyula), Belarusian, Bengali (Bangla),
Berber (all languages), Bosnian, Bulgarian,
Burmese, Cebuano (Visayan), Chechen, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese
(Gan), Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Min), Chinese (Wu), Croatian, Dari,
Dinka, Georgian, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew (Modern), Hindi, Igbo,
Indonesian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Khmer
(Cambodian), Kirghiz, Korean, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kurdish (Sorani),
Lao, Malay (Bahasa Melayu or Malaysian), Malayalam, Marathi, Mongolian,
Nepali, Oromo, Panjabi, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese
(all varieties), Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala
(Sinhalese), Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai,
Tibetan, Tigrigna, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur/Uigur,
Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu.
Competitive Preference Priority 3 (5 points): A research project in
the field of economics, engineering, international development, global
education, mathematics, political science, public health, science, or
technology proposed by an applicant who will use advanced language
proficiency in one of the 78 LCTLs listed in Competitive Preference
Priority 2 of this notice in his or her research.
Invitational Priority: We encourage applications from Minority-
Serving Institutions (MSIs) as well as other institutions that promote
the participation of students from minority backgrounds in research
abroad projects in foreign languages and international studies. For
purposes of this invitational priority, Minority-Serving Institution
means an institution that is eligible to receive assistance under Part
A of Title III, under Part B of Title III, or under Title V of the
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).
Program Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2452(b)(6).
Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 81, 82,
84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The Education Department suspension and
debarment regulations in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The regulations for this
program in 34 CFR part 662.
Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of
higher education (IHEs) only.
II. Award Information
Type of Award: Discretionary grants redistributed as fellowships to
Note: As part of its FY 2014 budget request, the Administration
proposed to continue to allow funds to be used to support the
applications of individuals who plan both to utilize their language
skills in world areas vital to United States national security and
to apply their language skills and knowledge of these countries in
the fields of government, international development, and the
professions. Therefore, students planning to apply their language
skills in such fields and those planning teaching careers are
eligible to apply for this program.
Estimated Available Funds: $2,889,223.
Estimated Range of Fellowship Awards: $15,000 to $60,000.
Estimated Average Size of Fellowship Awards: $34,818.
Estimated Number of Fellowship Awards: 86.
Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this
Project Period: The institutional project period is 18 months,
beginning October 1, 2014. Students may request funding for a period of
no less than six months and no more than 12 months.
III. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants: IHEs. As part of the application process,
students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then
officially submits all eligible individual student applications with
its grant application to the Department.
2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost
sharing or matching.
IV. Application and Submission Information
1. Address to Request Application Package: Both IHEs and student
applicants can obtain an application package via the Internet at
If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application
package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape,
or compact disc) by contacting the program contact person listed in
2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms the
applicant must submit, are in the application package for this program.
Page Limits: The application narrative is where the student
applicant addresses the selection criteria that reviewers use to
evaluate the application. The student applicant must limit the
application narrative to no more than 10 pages and the bibliography to
no more than two pages, using the following standards:
A ``page'' is 8.5 x 11, on one side
only, with 1 margins at the top, bottom, both sides, and
Note: For purposes of determining compliance with the page
limits, each page on which there are words will be counted as one
Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch)
all text in the application narrative. However, student applicants may
single space all text in charts, tables, figures, graphs, titles,
headings, footnotes, endnotes, quotations, bibliography, and captions.
Use a font that is either 12 point or larger, or no
smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). Student applicants may use
a 10 point font in charts, tables, figures, graphs, footnotes, and
endnotes. However, these items are considered part of the narrative and
counted within the 10-page limit.
Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier,
Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font
(including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.
The page limits only apply to the application narrative and
bibliography. The page limits do not apply to the Application for
Federal Assistance face sheet (SF 424), the supplemental information
form required by the Department of Education, or the assurances and
certification. However, student applicants must include their complete
responses to the selection criteria in the application narrative.
We will reject a student applicant's application if the application
exceeds the page limits.
3. Submission Dates and Times:
Applications Available: May 19, 2014.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 24, 2014.
Applications for grants under this program must be submitted
electronically using G5, the Department's grant management system,
accessible through the Department's G5 site. For information (including
dates and times) about how to submit an IHE's application
electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery if an IHE
qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement,
please refer to Section IV. 7. Other Submission Requirements of this
We do not consider an application that does not comply with the
Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in Section VII
of this notice. If
the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an
individual with a disability in connection with the application
process, the individual's application remains subject to all other
requirements and limitations in this notice.
4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is not subject to
Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79.
5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
6. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification
Number, and System for Award Management: To do business with the
Department of Education, you must--
a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a
Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award
Management (SAM) (formerly the Central Contractor Registry (CCR)), the
Government's primary registrant database;
c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information
while your application is under review by the Department and, if you
are awarded a grant, during the project period.
You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet. A DUNS number
can be created within one-to-two business days.
If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or
organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service.
If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal
Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. If you need a
new TIN, please allow 2-5 weeks for your TIN to become active.
The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business
days, but may take upwards of several weeks, depending on the
completeness and accuracy of the data entered into the SAM database by
an entity. Thus, if you think you might want to apply for Federal
financial assistance under a program administered by the Department,
please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number
and TIN. We strongly recommend that you register early.
Note: Once your SAM registration is active, you will need to
allow 24 to 48 hours for the information to be available in
Grants.gov and before you can submit an application through
If you are currently registered with SAM, you may not need to make
any changes. However, please make certain that the TIN associated with
your DUNS number is correct. Also note that you will need to update
your registration annually. This may take three or more business days.
Information about SAM is available at www.SAM.gov. To further
assist you with obtaining and registering your DUNS number and TIN in
SAM or updating your existing SAM account, we have prepared a SAM.gov
Tip Sheet, which you can find at: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/sam-faqs.html.
7. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under
this program must be submitted electronically unless an IHE qualifies
for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the
instructions in this section.
a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
Applications for grants under the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship
Program, CFDA number 84.022A, must be submitted electronically using
the G5 system, accessible through the Department's G5 site: www.G5.gov.
You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us.
We will reject an application if an IHE submits it in paper format
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, the IHE qualifies for
one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and
submits, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date,
a written statement to the Department that the IHE qualifies for one of
these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date
that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided
later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission
While completing the electronic application, both the IHE and the
student applicant will be entering data online that will be saved into
a database. Neither the IHE nor the student applicant may email an
electronic copy of a grant application to us.
Please note the following:
The process for submitting applications electronically
under the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program has several parts. The
following is a brief summary of the process; however, all applicants
should review and follow the detailed description of the application
process that is contained in the application package. In summary, the
major steps are:
(1) IHEs must email the following information to [email protected]: Name
of university and full name and email address of potential project
director. We recommend that applicant IHEs submit this information as
soon as possible to ensure that they obtain access to G5 well before
the application deadline date. We suggest that applicant IHEs send this
information no later than two weeks prior to the closing date in order
to facilitate timely submission of their applications;
(2) Students must complete their individual applications and submit
them to their IHE's project director using G5;
(3) Persons providing references for individual students must
complete and submit reference forms for the students and submit them to
the IHE's project director using G5; and
(4) The IHE's project director must officially submit the IHE's
application, which must include all eligible individual student
applications, reference forms, and other required forms, using G5.
The IHE must complete the electronic submission of the
grant application by 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the
application deadline date. G5 will not accept an application for this
competition after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application
deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that both the IHE and
the student applicant not wait until the application deadline date to
begin the application process.
The hours of operation of the G5 Web site are 6:00 a.m.
Monday until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday; and 6:00 a.m. Thursday until 8:00
p.m., Sunday, Washington, DC time. Please note that, because of
maintenance, the system is unavailable between 8:00 p.m. on Sundays and
6:00 a.m. on Mondays, and between 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6:00 a.m.
on Thursdays, Washington, DC time. Any modifications to these hours are
posted on the G5 Web site.
Student applicants will not receive additional point value
because the student submits his or her application in electronic
format, nor will we penalize the IHE or student applicant if the
applicant qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission
requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submits an
application in paper format.
IHEs must submit all documents electronically, including
all information typically provided on the following forms: The
Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of
Education Supplemental Information for
SF 424, Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs (ED 524), and all
necessary assurances and certifications. Both IHEs and student
applicants must upload any narrative sections and all other attachments
to your application as files in a PDF (Portable Document) read-only,
non-modifiable format. Do not upload an interactive or fillable PDF
file. If you upload a file type other than a read-only, non-modifiable
PDF or submit a password-protected file, we will not review that
Student transcripts must be submitted electronically
through the G5 system.
Both the IHE's and the student applicant's electronic
applications must comply with any page limit requirements described in
Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may
wish to print a copy of it for your records.
After the individual student applicant electronically
submits his or her application to the student's IHE, the student will
receive an automatic acknowledgment. In addition, the applicant IHE's
project director will receive a copy of this acknowledgment by email.
After a person submits a reference electronically, he or she will
receive an online confirmation. After the applicant IHE submits its
application, including all eligible individual student applications, to
the Department, the applicant IHE will receive an automatic
acknowledgment, which will include a PR/Award number (an identifying
number unique to the IHE's application).
Within three working days after submitting the IHE's
electronic application, the IHE must fax a signed copy of the SF 424 to
the Application Control Center after following these steps:
(1) Print SF 424 from G5.
(2) The applicant IHE's Authorizing Representative must sign this
(3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the
hard-copy signature page of the SF 424.
(4) Fax the signed SF 424 to the Application Control Center at
We may request that you provide us original signatures on
other forms at a later date.
Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of System
Unavailability: If an IHE is prevented from electronically submitting
its application on the application deadline date because the G5 system
is unavailable, we will grant the IHE an extension until 4:30:00 p.m.,
Washington, DC time, the following business day to enable the IHE to
transmit its application electronically, by mail, or by hand delivery.
We will grant this extension if--
(1) The IHE is a registered user of the G5 system and the IHE has
initiated an electronic application for this competition; and
(2)(a) The G5 system is unavailable for 60 minutes or more between
the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the
application deadline date; or
(b) G5 is unavailable for any period of time between 3:30 p.m. and
4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date.
We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability
before granting the IHE an extension. To request this extension or to
confirm our acknowledgment of any system unavailability, an IHE may
contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT (see Section VII. Agency Contact) or (2)
the G5 help desk at 1-888-336-8930. If G5 is unavailable due to
technical problems with the system and, therefore, the application
deadline is extended, an email will be sent to all registered users who
have initiated a G5 Application. Extensions referred to in this section
apply only to the unavailability of the G5 system.
Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: An IHE qualifies
for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may
submit its application in paper format, if the IHE is unable to submit
an application through G5 because--
The IHE or a student applicant does not have access to the
The IHE or a student applicant does not have the capacity
to upload large documents to G5; and
No later than two weeks before the application deadline
date (14 calendar days; or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business
day following the Federal holiday), the IHE mails or faxes a written
statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an
exception prevents the IHE from using the Internet to submit its
application. If an IHE mails a written statement to the Department, it
must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application
deadline date. If an IHE faxes its written statement to the Department,
we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the
application deadline date.
Address and mail or fax this statement to: Pamela J. Maimer, Ph.D.,
U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 6100, Washington,
DC 20006-6078. FAX: (202) 502-7860.
The IHE's paper application must be submitted in accordance with
the mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.
b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
If an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission
requirement, the IHE may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a
commercial carrier) its application to the Department. The IHE must
mail the original and two copies of the application, on or before the
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address:
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention:
(CFDA Number 84.022A), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
The IHE must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the
(1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
(2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the
U.S. Postal Service.
(3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial
(4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the
U.S. Department of Education.
If the IHE mails its application through the U.S. Postal Service,
we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
(1) A private metered postmark.
(2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
If the IHE's application is postmarked after the application
deadline date, we will not consider its application.
Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated
postmark. Before relying on this method, the IHE should check with
its local post office.
c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.
If an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission
requirement, the IHE (or a courier service) may deliver its paper
application to the Department by hand. The IHE must deliver the
original and two copies of the application, by hand, on or before the
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address:
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention:
(CFDA Number 84.022A), 550 12th Street SW., Room 7039, Potomac Center
Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily
between 8:00:00 a.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, except
Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.
Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If an IHE
hand delivers its application to the Department--
(1) The IHE must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by
the Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including
suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which the IHE is
submitting its application; and
(2) The Application Control Center will mail a notification of
receipt of the IHE's grant application. If the IHE does not receive
this grant notification within 15 business days from the application
deadline date, the IHE should call the U.S. Department of Education
Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.
V. Application Review Information
1. General: For FY 2014, student applications are divided into
seven categories based on the world area focus of their research
projects, as described in the absolute priority listed in this notice.
Language and area studies experts in discrete world area-based panels
will review the student applications. Each panel reviews, scores, and
ranks its applications separately from the applications assigned to the
other world area panels. However, all fellowship applications will be
ranked together from the highest to lowest score for funding purposes.
2. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition
are from 34 CFR 662.21 and are listed in the following paragraphs. The
maximum score for all of the criteria, including the competitive
preference priorities, is 110 points. The maximum score for each
criterion is indicated in parentheses.
Quality of proposed project (60 points): The Secretary reviews each
application to determine the quality of the research project proposed
by the applicant. The Secretary considers--
(1) The statement of the major hypotheses to be tested or questions
to be examined, and the description and justification of the research
methods to be used (15 points);
(2) The relationship of the research to the literature on the topic
and to major theoretical issues in the field, and the project's
originality and importance in terms of the concerns of the discipline
(3) The preliminary research already completed in the United States
and overseas or plans for such research prior to going overseas, and
the kinds, quality, and availability of data for the research in the
host country or countries (10 points);
(4) The justification for overseas field research and preparations
to establish appropriate and sufficient research contacts and
affiliations abroad (10 points);
(5) The applicant's plans to share the results of the research in
progress and a copy of the dissertation with scholars and officials of
the host country or countries (5 points); and
(6) The guidance and supervision of the dissertation advisor or
committee at all stages of the project, including guidance in
developing the project, understanding research conditions abroad, and
acquainting the applicant with research in the field (10 points).
Qualifications of the applicant (40 points): The Secretary reviews
each application to determine the qualifications of the applicant. The
(1) The overall strength of the applicant's graduate academic
record (10 points);
(2) The extent to which the applicant's academic record
demonstrates strength in area studies relevant to the proposed project
(3) The applicant's proficiency in one or more of the languages
(other than English and the applicant's native language) of the country
or countries of research, and the specific measures to be taken to
overcome any anticipated language barriers (15 points); and
(4) The applicant's ability to conduct research in a foreign
cultural context, as evidenced by the applicant's references or
previous overseas experience, or both (5 points).
3. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition,
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past
performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as
the applicant's use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and
compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider
whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or
submitted a report of unacceptable quality.
In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary
also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department
of Education (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
4. Special Conditions: Under 34 CFR 74.14 and 80.12, the Secretary
may impose special conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is
not financially stable, has a history of unsatisfactory performance,
has a financial or other management system that does not meet the
standards in 34 CFR parts 74 or 80, as applicable, has not fulfilled
the conditions of a prior grant, or is otherwise not responsible.
VI. Award Administration Information
1. Award Notices: If a student application is successful, we notify
the IHE's U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send the IHE a
Grant Award Notification (GAN); or, we may send you an email containing
a link to access an electronic version of the GAN. We may notify the
IHE informally, also.
If a student application is not evaluated or not selected for
funding, we notify the IHE.
2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify
administrative and national policy requirements in the application
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable
Regulations section in this notice.
We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of
an award in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice and
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also
incorporates its approved application as part of the binding
commitments under the grant.
3. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition,
you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and
systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170
should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply
if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
(b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final
performance report, including financial information, as directed by the
Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual
performance report that provides the most current performance and
financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34
CFR 75.118. Grantees are required to use the electronic data instrument
International Resource Information System (IRIS) to complete the final
report. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance
reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting,
please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and
Results Act of 1993, the objective for the Fulbright-Hays DDRA
Fellowship Program is to provide grants to colleges and universities to
fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other
countries in modern foreign
languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.
The Department will use the following DDRA measures to evaluate its
success in meeting this objective:
DDRA GPRA Measure 1: The percentage of DDRA fellows who increased
their foreign language scores in speaking, reading, and/or writing by
at least one proficiency level.
DDRA GPRA Measure 2: The percentage of DDRA fellows who complete
their degree in their program of study within four years of receipt of
DDRA GPRA Measure 3: The percentage of DDRA fellows who found
employment that utilized their language and area studies skills within
eight years of receiving their award.
DDRA GPRA Measure 4: Efficiency Measure--The cost per DDRA fellow
who found employment that utilized their language and area studies
skills within eight years.
The information provided by grantees in their performance report
submitted via IRIS will be the source of data for this measure.
Reporting screens for institutions and fellows may be viewed at: http://iris.ed.gov/iris/pdfs/DDRA_director.pdf. http://iris.ed.gov/iris/pdfs/DDRA_fellows.pdf.
VII. Agency Contact
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela J. Maimer, Ph.D., International
and Foreign Language Education, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K
Street NW., Room 6100, Washington, DC 20006-6078. Telephone: (202) 502-
7704 or by email: [email protected].
If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-
VIII. Other Information
Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to
the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
in Section VII of this notice.
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document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free
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Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System
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as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal
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You may also access documents of the Department published in the
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Dated: May 14, 2014.
Lynn B. Mahaffie,
Senior Director, Policy Coordination, Development, and Accreditation
Service, delegated the authority to perform the functions and duties of
the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2014-11520 Filed 5-16-14; 8:45 am]
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