Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education


To provide assistance to support institutional reforms and innovative strategies designed to improve postsecondary instruction, quality, and to expand postsecondary opportunities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available. 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.
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title VII, Part B, 20 U.S.C. 1138.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, other public and private non-profit institutions and agencies and combinations of these institutions and agencies.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Postsecondary educational institutions and their students will benefit.
2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Application announcements and resources for applicants are available at the FIPSE home page: 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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. In any fiscal year in which funds are available for new awards, the Department of Education publishes a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications and establishing a deadline date.
Award Procedure
Proposals are reviewed by nonfederal reviewers.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 4 to 8 months.
Not applicable.
Applications for renewal of multi-year projects are processed and funded before those for new projects. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds. In 2019, the Department plans to fully fund the entire grant periods of projects funded under FIPSE.
How are proposals selected?
Grantees are selected based on the selection criteria published in the Notice Inviting Applications.
How may assistance be used?
The Fund provides project grants for activities sponsored by institutions of higher education that develop and demonstrate more effective approaches to the postsecondary teaching and learning. In fiscal year 2018, Congress appropriated $6 million for FIPSE, including $5 million for an Open Textbooks Pilot initiative (84.116T) to support institutions of higher education in creating or expanding the use of open textbooks and $1 million for a Cybersecurity Education initiative (84.116R) to support technological upgrades for community colleges for the purpose of supporting cybersecurity programs. In fiscal year 2019, Congress appropriated an additional $5 million to support the Open Textbooks Pilot initiative.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Annual performance monitoring are required as a part of the submittal of form ED 5248.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Grant recipients are required to maintain standard financial records.
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
Typically for a period of 4 years. Electronic letter
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Stacey Slijepcevic
Institutional Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202) 453-6150
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$6,000,000.00; FY 19 est $6,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; - No additional funding.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In 2018, the estimated range of awards was $1,500,000 to $4,950,000, and the estimated average size of awards was $2,475,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99 apply.
Examples of Funded Projects
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.


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