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84.274 American Overseas Research Centers

AUTHORIZATION:

Higher Education Act, as amended, Title VI, Part A, Section 609.
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To enable American overseas research centers, that are consortia of higher education institutions, to promote postgraduate research, exchanges, and area studies.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Grants may be used to pay all or a portion of the cost of establishing or operating a center or program, including the cost of faculty and staff stipends and salaries; faculty, staff, and student travel; the operation and maintenance of overseas facilities; the cost of teaching and research materials; the cost of bringing visiting scholars and faculty to a center to teach or to conduct research; the cost of organizing and managing conferences; and the cost of publishing and disseminating materials for the scholarly and general public.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   The Secretary shall only award grants to centers that: (1) Receive more than 50 percent of their funding from public or private United States sources; (2) have a permanent presence in the country in which the center is located; and (3) are organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which are exempt from taxation under Section 501(a) of the Code.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Consortia of institutions of higher education that (1) Receive more than 50 percent of their funding from public or private United States sources; (2) have a permanent presence in the country in which the center is located; and (3) are organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which are exempt from taxation under Section 501(a) of the Code.

Credentials/Documentation:   No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Eligible centers may submit an application for funding when a new competition is announced in the Federal Register. Application forms and guidelines for the submission of applications are available from the program.

Award Procedure:   Final recommendations are made to the Secretary following advice from a panel of consultants.

Deadlines:   Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

The range is approximately 90 days.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

Centers selected to receive funds for the four year program must submit performance reports for continuation of support. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Grants are awarded for 12-month periods for a total project period of up to 48 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Funded projects must provide reports within 90 days of termination of each of the three twelve month grant periods and a final report within 90 days of termination of the last twelve month grant period. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. All fiscal records will be subject to audit by the Department of Education any time within three years after expiration of the grant.

Records:   All records supporting claims under grants or relating to accountability for awarded funds must be available on request: (1) For three years after the close of the fiscal year that the grant expired; or (2) until the grantee is notified that the fiscal audit has closed, whichever is later.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

91-0201-0-1-502.

Obligations:   (Project Grants) FY 08 $1,187,122; FY 09 est $1,200,000; FY 10 est $1,200,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

No Data Available.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: Eleven continuation awards are expected to be awarded in FY 2010. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

This program is governed by the authorizing legislation and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79 through 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. Application guidelines will be announced in the Federal Register. Contact the program office for more information.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Cheryl Gibbs, International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Cheryl.Gibbs@ed.gov Phone: (202) 453-5690

Web Site Address:   http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsaorc/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Applications for awards will be evaluated competitively in accordance with the selection criteria published in 34 CFR 75.209 and 75.210. The Secretary will weigh criteria using points indicated in the application package or in a notice published in the Federal Register. Applicants should address the selection criteria only in the context of the program requirements in Title VI, Part A, Section 609 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

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