OSP FO# 12-024

AGENCY: Department of Education (DOEd)/ Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII)

PROGRAM: Promise Neighborhoods Program—Planning Grant Competition

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities by—(1) Identifying and increasing the

capacity of eligible organizations that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood; (2) Building a complete continuum of cradle-through-college-to-career solutions of both education programs and family and community supports with great schools at the center. All solutions in the continuum of solutions must be accessible to children with disabilities (CWD) and English learners (EL); (3) Integrating programs and breaking down agency ‘‘silos’’ so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies; (4) Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and (5) Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including through a rigorous evaluation of the program.

Planning grants will support eligible organizations that seek to develop feasible plans to create a continuum of solutions with the potential to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in a neighborhood.

These grants will support eligible organizations that demonstrate the need for creating a Promise Neighborhood in the geographic areas they are targeting, a sound strategy for developing a feasible plan to create a continuum of solutions, and the capacity to develop the plan.

Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.

BU Internal Deadline: May 21, 2012
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 8, 2012
Application Deadline: July 27, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: The DOEd anticipates providing $7 million to support up to 15 awards, for a period of up to 1 year.

The maximum award amount is $500,000 per 12-month budget period. The DOEd may choose not to further consider or review applications with budget requests for any 12-month budget period that exceed this amount, if the Department concludes, during the initial review of the application, that the proposed goals and objectives cannot be obtained with the specified maximum amount.

To be eligible for a planning grant under this competition, an applicant must demonstrate that it has established a commitment from one or more entities in the public or private sector, which may include Federal, State, and local public agencies, philanthropic organizations, private businesses, or individuals, to provide matching funds for the planning process. An applicant for a planning grant must obtain matching funds or in-kind donations for the planning process equal to at least 50 percent of its grant award. Please see the program announcement below for further cost-sharing information.

Adrienne Hawkins
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW., room 4W256
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453–5638
E-mail: PromiseNeighborhoods@ed.gov
Web: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/index.html#planning

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential proposals for this competition and coordinate institutional cost-sharing commitments, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a proposal should forward a memorandum to their Associate Dean by Monday, May 21, 2012. In the memorandum: (1) briefly describe the proposed project, (2) list key participating faculty, (3) itemize all cost-sharing commitments being requested from the University, within the context of a fully developed project budget, and (4) cite any program features which should make it particularly competitive for funding.

The memorandum should be countersigned by the relevant department chair/center director to indicate endorsement of the project. After the Dean’s assessment, the memorandum will be forwarded to OSP Executive Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Office of the Vice President for Research for authorization and final selection. PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission and advised of institutional cost-sharing commitments in time to complete the project budget and process their proposal for final review.

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov website (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Please contact the OSP Research Administrator assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material (CFDA# 84.215P) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.