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[Public Notice 6923]

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: The Indonesia English Language Study Program

Announcement Type:New Grant.

Funding Opportunity Number:ECA/A/E/EAP-2010-IELSP.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number:19.009.

Key Dates:June 2010-March 2012.

Application Deadline:April 29, 2010.

Executive Summary

The Office of Academic Exchange Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition to administer the FY2010Indonesia English Language Study Program.ECA welcomes applications from public and private non-profit organizations or consortia of organizations including accredited post-secondary educational institutions in the United States meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code Section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) in the United States (seeEligibility Information, section III). The grant recipient will administer and manage this initiative, which over the period of one year will enroll approximately 150 Indonesian undergraduate students in one eight-week intensive English language course each at a U.S. college or university and provide participants with an introduction to American institutions, society and culture. The grant recipient will be expected to identify the participating colleges and universities that will host students in groups of no more than 20 at a time. It is anticipated that the total amount of funding for FY2010 administrative and program costs will be $1,443,000. ECA reserves the right to reduce, revise, or increase the proposed budget in accordance with funding availability and the needs of the program.

I. Funding Opportunity DescriptionAuthority

Overall grant making authority for this program is contained in the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, Public Law 87-256, as amended, also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act. The purpose of the Act is "to enable the Government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries * * *; to strengthen the ties which unite us with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural interests,developments, and achievements of the people of the United States and other nations * * * and thus to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and the other countries of the world."

Purpose

Since the inception of the Indonesia English Language Study Program in FY2007, this program has brought over 350 Indonesian undergraduates to the United States to attend eight-week long, intensive English study courses at colleges and universities across the country. The intent of this program is to increase the English language capability of Indonesian undergraduate students and to provide them with a substantive U.S. exchange experience. Many of the participants may wish to return to the U.S. at a future date for graduate study; will eventually seek careers in Indonesia as teachers of English at the school and university level; or may become entrepreneurs, scientists, government officials, leaders within the Indonesian NGO community, or hold other positions of influence.

Overview

The program will consist of a series of approximately eight eight-week programs. Each of these programs will be limited to 20 participants and should offer intensive English language training, including English for Academic Purposes, as well as the development of general reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, and the testing of those skills.

Applicant organizations should identify a partner organization in Indonesia with the capacity to advertise, recruit, screen and assist in the selection of the program's participants as part of a nationwide, merit-based, transparent competition. Both the applicant organization and its Indonesia partner will be expected to work closely with the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and with other Indonesian organizations identified by PAS Jakarta, including government ministries, on this aspect of the project. It is expected that approximately half the participants will come from institutions of higher education that are administered by the Ministry of National Education, and half from institutions administered by the Ministry of Religious Affairs. In recruiting participants, efforts should be made to seek students from non-elite backgrounds, from both rural and urban sectors, and with little or no prior experience in the United States or elsewhere outside their home country. It is anticipated that the selection of participants will reflect Indonesia's geographic, institutional, ethnic, and gender diversity. Most of the students selected will be in their junior year of study and will have completed approximately nine years of formal English study.

One grant will be awarded for the administration of this program and the organization of U.S. based activities. The grant recipient will be expected to identify the participating colleges and universities that will host students in groups of no more than 20 each. U.S. host institutions should be identified with an eye toward geographic and institutional diversity and the ability to provide the highest quality English language instruction, which is the primary objective of the program. In identifying the participating host institutions, the proposal should make clear (a) why these institutions have been recommended, (b) what particular strengths they will bring to the program, and (c) how those institutions will specifically meet the program content requirements as outlined above. Plans for participant housing arrangements should be outlined and should maximize the opportunities for program participants to practice their English speaking and listening skills with native English speakers and with people from countries other than Indonesia.

Students will be available for these programs in three discrete academic periods: (1) Spring 2011; (2) Summer 2011; and (3) Fall 2011. At each campus program, it is essential that all students not be placed together in the same English courses, but rather that they study with students of other nationalities and language backgrounds who will also be attending these intensive English language programs. Applicants should therefore design a program that will offer an academic residency component of eight weeks, the central element of which is an intensive English language training course (English for Academic Purposes), together with other instructional elements that will develop the participants' general reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Provision should also be made for the testing of those skills before, during and after the program.

Further guidance can be found in the Project Objectives, Goals and Implementation (POGI) document, which provides specific information, award criteria and budget instructions tailored to this competition.

II. Award Information

Type of Award:Grant Agreement.

Fiscal Year Funds:2010.

Approximate Total Funding:$1,443,000.

Approximate Number of Awards:1.

Approximate Average Award:$1,443,000.

Anticipated Award Date:June 1, 2010.

Anticipated Project Completion Date:March 2012.

Additional Information

At this time it is not known whether additional funding will be available in subsequent fiscal years. However, pending successful implementation of this program and the availability of funds in subsequent fiscal years, ECA reserves the right to renew this grant for two additional fiscal years, before openly competing it again.

III. Eligibility Information

III.1. Eligible applicants:Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3).

III.2.Cost Sharing or Matching Funds: There is no minimum or maximum percentage required for this competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.

When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal and later included in an approved agreement. Cost sharing may be in the form of allowable direct or indirect costs. For accountability, you must maintain written records to support all costs which are claimed as your contribution, as well as costs to be paid by the Federal government. Such records are subject to audit. The basis for determining the value of cash and in-kind contributions must be in accordance with OMB Circular A-110, (Revised), Subpart C.23--Cost Sharing and Matching. In the event you do not provide the minimum amount of cost sharing as stipulated in the approved budget, ECA's contribution will be reduced in like proportion.

III.3. Other Eligibility Requirements

(a) Grants awarded to eligible organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchange programs will be limited to $60,000.

IV. Application and Submission Information

Dated: March 10, 2010. Maura M. Pally, Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.