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Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
12.900 Language Grant Program

AUTHORIZATION:

Public Law 95-224.
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To foster foreign language training to Americans.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

None.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Investigations must be an employee of a U.S. college, university or nonprofit institution as related to language.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Private, public educational institutions and other private, public nonprofit organizations which are operated primarily for language and are not organized primarily for profit.

Credentials/Documentation:   Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-21, A-87, A-88, A-122 and Subpart 31.2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation applicable to commercial firms and those nonprofits exempted from OMB Circular No. A-122. The administrative requirements of OMB Circular Nos. A-102, A-110, and A-133 apply.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   All eligible private, public educational institutions and other private, public nonprofit organizations may submit proposals in response to the relevant agency announcement.

Award Procedure:   Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from a RUA review. If selected for award, the proposal is incorporated into a grant document and the applicant agrees to perform the research described therein.

Deadlines:   December 15 is the deadline for submission of proposals.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

Awards may be made at any time throughout the year for which funding is authorized.

Appeals:   

None.

Renewals:   

Reapplication with a new proposal.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Funding will reflect the period of performance.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Interim and final reports are required.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:   Each grantee will maintain accounting records which will permit determination that the funds were used for the grant purpose.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

97-0100-0-1-051.

Obligations:   FY 07 not reported; FY 08 est not reported; and FY 09 est not reported. Note: No current information provided by Agency.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

$5,000 to $500,000.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Provided support which led to the documentation of low density languages; the development of foreign language reference works, and the improved research in training methods and computer assisted instruction technologies.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

None.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   Not applicable.

Headquarters Office:   Chief, Language Training, Department of Defense, National Security Agency, ATTN: E41, Fort George Meade, MD 20755-6000. Telephone: (410) 859-6087. Use the same number for FTS.

Web Site Address:   http://www.darpa.mil/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

1. CALICO; 2. development of a hypermedia area studies module; 3. research on student learning center to maintain less commonly taught languages; 4. ALICE prototype natural language processing environment; and 5. monograph defining priorities for listening comprehension research.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

1. Overall language, technical or socio-economic merits; 2. potential contributions of the effort to the agency's specific mission; 3. the offerer's capabilities, related experience, facilities, techniques or unique combinations of these, which are integral factors for achieving the proposal objectives; 4. the qualifications, capabilities and experience of the proposal principal investigator, team leader or key personal who are critical in achieving the proposal objectives; 5. realism of the proposed cost and availability of funds; and 6. potential contributions of the effort to the American public.

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