The Language Flagship Grants to Institutions of Higher Education


(1) To establish centers for the teaching of critical languages that enable students to reach or exceed Level 3 in proficiency based on the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale in African Languages, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, Korean, Persian, and Russian; (2) To develop curricular, institutional, and instructional models for advanced language learning; (3) To test those models; (4) To stimulate institutional support and long term commitment to reforming language learning; and (5) To improve national capacity in critical languages

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2023 Scholarship and fellowship administration
David L. Boren National Security Education Act, Public Law 102-183, 50 U.S.C. 1901 - 1912
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The award for this program is made to a nonprofit organization that administers this assistance program on behalf of DoD. The award is typically a cooperative agreement made to administer this CFDA program as well as CFDA # 12.551 (National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarships) and CFDA # 12.552 (National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowships). The award is reported to only under this CFDA number since it has the most funding of the three programs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any accredited U.S. institution of higher education (defined in 20 U.S.C. 1001 of the Higher Education Act of 1965) is eligible to apply for assistance (subaward) under this program. This includes 2 and 4 year colleges and universities, both public and private. Other organizations, associations, agencies, and foreign institutions may be included in proposals for subawards but may not be receive assistance directly from the administering nonprofit organization. Eligible entities for subawards must be located within the fifty (50) states, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
The cooperative agreement award is subject to: 1) receipt of applicable/acceptable certifications and representations from applicant; 2) the applicant having a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) (; 3), the applicant, its principals, proposed subrecipients/subrecipient principals not appearing in SAM Exclusions as currently debarred, suspended, or otherwise ineligible; and 4) the applicant meeting other proposal requirements specified by the awarding office.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. All eligible, private and public U.S. institutions of higher education may submit proposals for subawards in response to the relevant announcements for assistance under this program.
Award Procedure
All qualified applications for subawards will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Subaward decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from an independent merit review.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
From 60 to 90 days.
From 30 to 60 days. Renewals of subawards are negotiated through the administering nonprofit organization and are conducted annually based on performance.
How are proposals selected?
Significance of the problem and subaward proposal's response to the problem; proposals effectiveness, and evaluation plans.
How may assistance be used?
Subawards (grants) are made to U.S. institutions of higher education to develop or strengthen their capabilities to enhance the national capacity and educate U.S. citizens in critical languages and cultures together with a variety of academic and professional disciplines. The National Security Education Act places no special or unique requirements on institutions receiving subawards. The only requirements that govern all Federal subawards will apply to institutions receiving National Security Education Program (NSEP) assistance. No International exchange programs may be funded by NSEP.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Reports are submitted via
Not applicable.
Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs).
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
Subawards are multi-year renewed annually based on performance, pending availability of funding. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Ed McDermott,
Suite 08 G 08
4800 Mark Center Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22350 US
Phone: 571.256.0756
Fax: 703.588.0288
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 22$43,000,000.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$43,000,000.00; FY 20$41,390,000.00; FY 17$24,494,000.00; FY 18 est $18,330,000.00; FY 19 est $41,730,948.00; FY 16$23,096,000.00; - Current award ends this FY. No cost extension will be granted, however no new funds will be added.(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Subawards range from $200,000 to $500,000 depending on type of project. The average award is estimated at $325,000 per subaward for each budget period. The core program has four-year project periods pending availability of funds.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The DoDGARS (as updated through DoD's interim implementation of 2 CFR part 200 which can be found at 2 CFR part 1103) applies to DoD grants and cooperative agreements.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2020 Project GO
Fiscal Year 2023 Boren Scholarship