OSP FO# 11-162

AGENCY: Department of Education (DOEd)/Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)

PROGRAM: Literacy Information and Communication System Regional Professional Development Centers

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for Literacy Information and Communication

System (LINCS) Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs) grants. These grants support evidenced-based virtual or in-person adult education professional development (AEPD) activities in order to assist educators who provide adult education services or adult education instruction to adult learners (adult educators). In addition, the LINCS RPDC grants will enhance the quality of adult education and literacy nationwide by disseminating information to each eligible agency responsible for administering or supervising policy for adult education and literacy, and to adult education and related organizations.

The RPDCs to be supported through this program are designed to: (1) Disseminate information on the materials and the AEPD in the LINCS Resource Collection to each eligible agency in the region that the applicant proposes to serve pursuant to the Select a region requirement in this notice (the applicant’s selected region), and to adult education and related organizations within each State and outlying area in that region; (2) collaborate closely with eligible agencies to organize and deliver virtual or in-person AEPD; and (3) foster the use of new technologies, including virtual moderated communities of practice (CoP), for adult educators. In conducting the required activities under the cooperative agreements awarded under this competition, LINCS RPDC grantees must: (1) Use the LINCS Resource Collection materials and other AEPD materials available on the Department’s LINCS Web site for dissemination and AEPD, and (2) work collaboratively with the Department’s LINCS Resource Collection contractor and the LINCS technical services contractor to meet the project’s goals, objectives, and outcomes.

The Department has established the following Competitive Preference Priority:

Demonstrated Experience in Providing Evidence-Based Professional Development for a Diverse Population of Adult Educators: This priority provides a competitive preference for applicants that demonstrate that they have previous experience in facilitating AEPD for adult educators, using both virtual and in-person formats.

Please see the program announcements below for further program details.

DEADLINES: August 1, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The DOEd anticipates providing $1,475,000 to support four awards for a project period of up to 36 months. Up to $386,000 will be awarded for the first budget period of 12 months. Funding for years 2 through 3 is subject to the availability of funds and to a grantee meeting the program requirements.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Noreen Lopez
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW.
Room 11012, PCP
Washington, DC 20202–7240
Telephone: (202) 245–6309
Fax: (202) 245–7171
E-mail: noreen.lopez@ed.gov
Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=102553
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-30/pdf/2011-16480.pdf

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov web site (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site 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# 84.191B) 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.