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1 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Application for New Awards Webinar Picture of world map at top of page. Picture of U.S. Department of Education seal at bottom of page.
2 2014 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Application for New Awards WebinarUnited States Department of EducationInternational and Foreign Language Education Programs (IFLE)International Studies DivisionTanyelle Richardson, Senior Program OfficerMichelle Guilfoil, Acting Director, International Studies DivisionLenore Yaffee-Garcia, Acting Senior Director, IFLE
3 Webinar Overview Purpose of the UISFL program overview FY 2014 Application Process and ProceduresEligibilityPriorities (Competitive and Invitational)Selection CriteriaReview ProcessTIPsQuestions and Answers
4 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program UISFL program provides funds to plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages.
5 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program Funded since 1972, the UISFL program has provided funding primarily to public and private universities and colleges and to community colleges.UISFL has impacted over 800 U.S. institutions of higher education during this period of time.Since 2001, over 50% of UISFL projects have used funds to develop a less-commonly taught language (LCTL) program, primarily Arabic and Chinese.
6 Eligibility Institutions of higher education, Consortia of institutions of higher education,Partnerships between nonprofit educational organizations and institutions of higher education,Nonprofit agencies and organizations, including professional and scholarly associations.
7 Institutional Eligibility An institutional application must contain plans for improving and strengthening undergraduate instruction in both international studies and foreign languages and be multi or interdisciplinary in design.
8 FY 2014 Funds and Awards Funding Levels: Total amount available for new FY 2014 awards: $ 2,928,529• Estimated number of new awards: 31• Funding range for each budget year:- single institutions (for up to two years): $ 70,000 – $95,000- consortia/organizations/associations (for up to three years): $80,000 – $200,000Estimated Average Size of Awards:For single applicant grants: $90,000For consortia or partnership grants: $150,000NOTE: The Department of Education is not bound by any estimates in this notice.
9 Matching Requirements A grantee's required matching funds may be obtained in either of the following ways:(a) private sector cash equal to 1/3 of the total project budget; or(b) a combination of institutional and non-institutional cash or in-kind amounts equal to 1/2 of the total project budget.
10 Special RuleThe Secretary may waive or reduce the required non-Federal sharefor institutions that-(A) Are eligible to receive assistance under Part A or Part B of Title III or under Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended; and(B) Have submitted a grant application under the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program that demonstrates a need for a waiveror reduction.** An applicant that meets the Special Rule must include a letter in itsapplication appendices signed by the institution’s authorizing representative certifying that the institution meets the Special Rule.
11 Eligible Program Activities Development of a global studies/international studies program which is interdisciplinary in design;Development of a program that focuses on global issues or topics, such as peace studies or international health;Development of an area studies program and its languages;Creation of innovative curricula which combines the teaching of international studies with professional and pre-professional studies, such as engineering;
12 Research for and development of specialized teaching materials, including language materials, i.e. Business Chinese or Spanish for Healthcare Professionals;Establishment of internship or service-learning opportunities in domestic or international settings, as well as development of study abroad programs;Creating opportunities for faculty/students to strengthen area studies expertise or linguistic skills by providing training or research opportunities overseas.
13 Allowable Cost Salaries/summer stipends Acquisition costs for library or teaching materialsStaff/faculty developmentProfessional service costs for consultants, evaluators and visiting lecturersCosts associated with developing/enhancing study abroad programs or internship opportunitiesStipends for students who are carrying out grant-related activitiesCosts for domestic and overseas faculty travel and per diem for study, research, etc.
14 Program Priorities Competitive Preference Priority Points (2) Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Community Colleges (CCs)Increasing Foreign Language CapacityInvitational Priority (No points assigned) (2)Priority Languages Selected from the U.S. Department of Education’s List of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs).Heritage Language Programs and Projects
15 Competitive Preference Priorities Competitive Preference Priority #1 (3 or 5 points): Applications from Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) or community colleges, whether as individual applicants or as part of a consortium of institutions of higher education (IHEs) (consortium) or a partnership between nonprofit educational organizations and IHEs (partnership).
16 Competitive Preference Priorities Competitive Preference Priority #2 (0 or 5 points): Applications from institutions of higher education or combinations or partnerships that: (a) require entering students to have successfully completed at least two years of secondary school foreign language instruction or; (b) require each graduating student to earn two years of postsecondary credit in a foreign language or have demonstrated equivalent competence in the foreign language; or (c) in the case of a two-year degree granting institution, offer two years of postsecondary credit in a foreign language.We will award up to an additional 5 points to an application that meets this priority. Further information on this priority is located under the “Selection Criteria” section of this application.
17 Invitational Priorities Invitational Priority 1--Priority Languages Selected from the U.S. Department of Education’s List of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs). Invitational Priority 2--Heritage Language Programs and Projects. Applications that propose: (a) Activities to improve the preparation of foreign language teachers who are heritage language speakers or who conduct outreach to the heritage language community; (b) Programs or projects that engage in collaborative activities with heritage language centers or schools to support the language maintenance and development of heritage language speakers; or (c) Study-abroad programs for heritage language speakers to expand their opportunities for learning world languages. For the purpose of the UISFL program, a heritage language speaker is a person who grew up using the language at home or received K-12 education in the language.
18 Selection Criteria Plan of operation (15 points); Quality of key personnel (10 points);Budget and cost effectiveness (10 points);Evaluation plan (20 points); andAdequacy of resources (5 points).
19 Plan of Operation (15 points) Description of project designEffective plan of operationShow efficient administrationOutline project objectives and relation to program purposeHow will resources be used to achieve objectives?Outline equal access
20 Quality of Key Personnel (10 points) Project DirectorOther Key PersonnelOutline time commitment, education, experience, other qualifications of all key personnelDiscuss non-discriminatory employment practices
21 Budget & Cost Effectiveness (10 points) How does budget support project activities?Detailed breakdown for each year of fundingAddress cost effectivenessRelationship between project objectives and costs
22 Evaluation Plan (20 points) Detailed plan for evaluating project effectivenessCriteria to be used to evaluate project resultsDescribe evaluation methods. Data to be collected and analyzed. Objective and quantifiable? Used to shape the development of the project?Describe and provide examples (in appendices) of evaluation tools.Present a proposed timetable
23 Adequacy of Resources (5 points) Show that facilities, equipment, supplies, library resources, etc., are adequate to carry out project activities.
24 Institutions and UISFL Consortia (consisting of IHEs) and Partnerships Commitment to Int’l Studies (10 points)Current strengths as measured by the number of int’l studies courses offeredCurrent and past involvement of faculty/administrators in planning for implementation of the proposed programInstitutional commitment to the establishment, operation, and continuation of the program (optimal use of personnel and resources)Level of institutional commitment (funds) to support program objectivesInt’l = International
25 Institutions and UISFL Consortia (consisting of IHEs) and Partnerships Elements of Int’l Studies Program (10 points)How do proposed activities contribute to implementation of int’l studies and foreign language program?Adequate and appropriate interdisciplinary aspects of programDemonstrate that number and type of new and revised courses will meet program goals.Are plans adequate for improving and expanding language instruction?
26 Institutions and UISFL Consortia (consisting of IHEs) and Partnerships Need for & Results of Program (10 points)Need for proposed activitiesHow use of federal funds will result in implementation of a successful international studies and foreign language program
27 Public and Private Nonprofit Agencies and Organizations, Including Professional and Scholarly AssociationsNeed for and Impact of Project in Improving Int’l Studies & Foreign Languages at the Undergraduate Level (40 points)How will federal funds contribute to achieving results?Describe significant contribution to improvement of the teaching of int’l studies or modern foreign languages at the undergraduate levelDemonstrate how proposed project will have a major regional and national impact on undergraduate educationPlan for effective and successful sharing of materials and results of project with higher education community
28 Selection Criteria - Institutional Applications and UISFL Consortia/Partnerships UISFL Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)UISFL Consortia (consisting of IHEs) and PartnershipsPlan of Operation15Key Personnel10Budget & Cost EffectivenessEvaluation Plan20Adequacy of Resources5Commitment to International StudiesElements of Proposed International Studies ProgramNeed for & Prospective Results of Proposed ProgramSub-Total100Competitive Preference Priority #1 (Optional)Competitive Preference Priority #2 (Optional)Total Possible Points110
29 Public and Private Nonprofit Agencies and Organizations, Including Professional and Scholarly AssociationsSelection CriteriaUISFLPublic and Private Nonprofit Agencies and Organizations, Including Professional and Scholarly AssociationsPlan of Operation15Key Personnel10Budget & Cost EffectivenessEvaluation Plan20Adequacy of Resources5Need for and Potential Impact of the Proposed Project in Improving International Studies & the Study of Modern Foreign Languages at the Undergraduate Level40Total Possible Points100
30 Performance Measure Form (PMF) 1. Project Goal Statement: To be completed by the applicant2. Performance Measures3. Activities4. Data/Indicators5. Frequency6. Data Source7. BLT1T2T3To be completed by the applicantTo be completed by the applicant
32 TIPS – Get Organized Contact Program Officer Review abstracts of funded grantees and past successful proposalsReview Federal Register and program Web sites for updated informationReview FAQs on UISFL Web site
33 TIPS – Writing Your Proposal Hit every category and sub-category: be explicit and detailed in your narrativeLimit your narrative to activities for which you are seeking fundingSummarize each proposed activity and how it increases program impactSubmit application safely before deadline – Do not wait until the last minute!!!
34 Questions, Comments, Concerns? IMPORTANT INFORMATION – GRANTS.GOVSubmission Problems – What should you do?If you have problems submitting to Grants.gov before the closing date, please contact Grants.gov Customer Support at or or access the Grants.gov Self-Service Web portal at:Application Deadline:July 28, 20144:30:00 p.m. Washington DC time
35 For more information…Past successful applications, abstracts and links provided for UISFL ProgramElectronic grant application submissionPanel reviewer application submissionGrant making at ED
36 UISFL Program Officer: Tanyelle H. RichardsonTelephone:Thank you!