OSP FO# 11-021

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Education (DOEd)/Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

PROGRAM: International Research and Studies (IRS) Program

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to conduct research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields.

This program has established the following competitive preference priorities: 1) development of specialized instructional or assessment materials focused on any of the seventy-eight (78) languages selected from the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs); and 2) Research, surveys, or studies that provide information on the effectiveness of Department of Education foreign language and area and international studies programs, such as evaluations of the extent to which programs assisted under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA) address national needs that would not otherwise be addressed and studies assessing the outcomes, including participant outcomes, and effectiveness of programs supported under Title VI of the HEA.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: DoEd estimates the size of awards at $170,000; however institutions may apply for awards of up to $225,000 per year with duration of up to 36 months. The Department estimates providing 11 awards.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Beth D. MacRae
International Education Programs Service
International Research and Studies Program (84.017)
U.S. Department of Education
1990 K Street, NW, Room 6088
Washington, DC 20006-8521
Telephone: (202) 502-7596
Email: beth.macrae@ed.gov
Web: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-01-13/pdf/2011-681.pdf;
http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsirs/applicant.html

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 Assistant Director 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# 84.017) 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 web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.