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. For community project funding, to provide direct funding for activities selected by Congress.

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
Not applicable.
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 for FIPSE project grants include institutions of higher education, other public and private non-profit institutions and agencies and combinations of these institutions and agencies. Entities identified for Congressionally directed spending or community project funding under FIPSE are eligible.
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: For community project funding/Congressionally directed spending, preapplication coordination in not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. 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
FIPSE project grant, proposals are reviewed by nonfederal reviewers. For community project funding/Congressionally directed spending, the Department will award funds to the named entities for the specified activities. The named entities are required to submit an approvable application.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 4 to 8 months for FIPSE project grants. Community project funding/Congressionally directed spending applications are reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. The timeline for review of applications depends on the completeness of the submitted applications.
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 2023, the Department plans-wherever possible- to fully fund the entire grant periods of projects funded under FIPSE.
How are proposals selected?
For FIPSE project grants, grantees are selected based on the selection criteria published in the Notice Inviting Applications. This is not applicable to community project funding/Congressionally directed spending.
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 postsecondary teaching and learning. In fiscal year 2022, Congress appropriated $11 million for the Open Textbook Pilot (OTP) initiative (84.116T), $8.5 million for the Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS) program (84.116G), $8 million for Basic Needs Grants (84.116N), $8 million for the Modeling and Simulation Program (MSP) (84.116S), $20 million for the Rural Postsecondary and Economic Development (RPED) program (84.116W), and $1.5 million for the Transitioning Gang-Involved Youth to Higher Education (TGIY) program (84.116Y). Additionally, it appropriated $8 million for the Augustus F. Hawkins Center of Educational Excellence (84.116K), $2 million for a Center of Excellence in Spatial Computing (84.116Q), $4 million for a Digital Learning Infrastructure and IT Modernization Pilot (84.116L), and $5 million for a Postsecondary Student Success Grant (PSSG) program (84.116M). In fiscal year 2022, Congress also appropriated $249.4 million for community project funding/Congressionally directed spending (84.116Z). For these projects, grant activities must be consistent with the project description and the explanatory statement accompanying the Department’s appropriations act and regulations in 34 C.F.R. 75.104(a). Funds must be used to carry out the goals and activities presented in the entity’s application. In fiscal year 2023, Congress appropriated $12 million for OTP (84.116T), $9 million for CEVSS (84.116G), $10 million for Basic Needs (84.116N), $8 million for MSP (84.116S), $45 million for RPED (84.116W), $5 million for TGIY (84.116Y), $45 million for PSSG (84.116M), and $50 million for the Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges or Universities (TCCUs), and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Research and Development Infrastructure Grant Program (RDI) (84.116H). In fiscal year 2023, Congress also appropriated $429.6 million for community project funding/Congressionally directed spending (84.116Z).
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 524B.
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.
EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR part 75). Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance and performance must be maintained for a period of 3 years after completion of the grant.
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 3-5 years. Electronic letter
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Beatriz Ceja
Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Office of Higher Education Programs, Institutional Service, 400 Maryland Ave., SW,
Washington, DC 20202 USA
Phone: (202) 453-6239
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$76,000,000.00; FY 23 est $184,000,000.00; FY 24 est $725,000,000.00; FY 21$41,000,000.00; FY 20$24,500,000.00; FY 19$5,000,000.00; FY 18$6,000,000.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The estimated range and average size of awards differs by activity. In fiscal year 2023 Congress funded eight unique activities under FIPSE, in addition to community project funding/Congressionally directed spending. Funded activities can differ from cycle to cycle.
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 2021 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2022 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2023 No Current Data Available.


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