American Overseas Research Centers
To enable American overseas research centers, that are consortia of higher education institutions, to promote postgraduate research, exchanges, and area studies.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2017
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2018
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2019
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2020
No Current Data Available.
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title VI, Part A, Section 609
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The Secretary shall only award grants to centers that: (1) receive more than 50 percent of their funding from public or private United States sources; (2) have a permanent presence in the country in which the center is located; and (3) are organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which are exempt from taxation under Section 501(a) of the Code.
Consortia of institutions of higher education that (1) receive more than 50 percent of their funding from public or private United States sources; (2) have a permanent presence in the country in which the center is located; and (3) are organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which are exempt from taxation under Section 501(a) of the Code will benefit.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Grantees are subject to audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible centers may submit an application for funding when a new competition is announced in the Federal Register. Application forms and guidelines for the submission of applications are available from the Office of International and Foreign Language Education within the Office of Postsecondary Education at the Department of Education.
Applications are evaluated by peer review panels with area studies expertise. Funding recommendations are made to the Secretary based on the outcome of the peer review process.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The approval time is approximately 90 days.
Centers selected to receive funds for the 4-year project period must submit annual performance reports for continuation of support. Continuation grant awards are subject to the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
Applications for awards will be evaluated competitively in accordance with the selection criteria published in 34 CFR 75.209 and 75.210. The Secretary will weigh criteria using points indicated in the application package or in a notice published in the Federal Register. Applicants should address the selection criteria only in the context of the program requirements in Title VI, Part A, Section 609 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended
How may assistance be used?
Grants may be used to pay all or a portion of the cost of establishing or operating a center or program, including the cost of faculty and staff stipends and salaries; faculty, staff, and student travel; the operation and maintenance of overseas facilities; the cost of teaching and research materials; the cost of bringing visiting scholars and faculty to a center to teach or to conduct research; the cost of organizing and managing conferences; and the cost of publishing and disseminating materials for the scholarly and general public.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.
Grantees are subject to audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26.
All records supporting claims under grants or relating to accountability for awarded funds must be available on request: (1) for 3 years after the close of the fiscal year that the grant expired; or (2) until the grantee is notified that the fiscal audit has closed, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded for 12-month periods for a total project period of up to 48 months. Electronic transfer
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$650,000.00; FY 19 est $650,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$540,000.00; FY 16$756,732.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2018: Average award was $65,000 per year; Awards ranged from $48,000-$65,000 per year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is governed by the authorizing legislation and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79 through 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. Contact the program office for more information.