OSP FO# 11-057

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

PROGRAM: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)—Special Focus Competition: Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education

OBJECTIVES: The FIPSE program provides funding to improve postsecondary education opportunities by focusing on problem areas or improvement approaches in postsecondary education. This particular program is a Special Focus Competition to encourage projects that support the formation of educational consortia of United States (U.S.), Canadian, and Mexican institutions. To meet this priority, the applicant must propose a project that supports cooperation in the coordination of curricula; the exchange of students, if pertinent to grant activities; and the opening of educational opportunities among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: In order to be eligible for an award under this priority, the applicant in the U.S. must be part of a U.S. institution, the applicant in Mexico must be part of a Mexican institution, and the applicant in Canada must be part of a Canadian institution. Canadian and Mexican institutions participating in any consortium proposal under this priority may apply, respectively, to Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) or the Mexican Secretariat for Public Education (SEP), for additional funding under separate but parallel Canadian and Mexican competitions.
DEADLINE: May 17, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The DOEd expects to make approximately 9–10 awards at an estimated size of $30,000–$50,000 for the first year and $90,000–$180,000 for the 3- or 4-year duration of the award.

Amy Wilson
International and Foreign Language Education Programs
U.S. Department of Education
1990 K Street, NW., Room 6082
Washington, DC 20006–8544
Telephone: (202) 502–7689
E-mail: Amy.Wilson@ed.gov
Web:  http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fipsenortham/index.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# 84.116N) 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.