International Research and Studies


To improve foreign language, area, and other international studies training through support of research, studies, development of specialized instructional materials, and the publication of specialized materials developed as a result of research conducted under this program.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 09/09/2014 (Archived.)
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 (HEA), Title VI, Part A, Section 605
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public and private agencies, organizations, institutions, and individuals may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public and private agencies, organizations, institutions, and individuals will benefit.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. OMB Circular No. A-122 for Non-Profit Organizations, and OMB Circular No. A-21 for Educational Institutions.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. Formal applications should be prepared in response to announcements of mandatory program requirements and closing dates in the Federal Register. Application forms and guidelines for the submission of applications are available from the Office of International and Foreign Language Education at the Department of Education.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed by Department of Education officials and review panels of scholars.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From six to seven months.
Not applicable.
Projects conducted under a grant may be phased, with the phases following the first phase subject to renewal on a non-competitive basis. Renewals of grants, which were not included in the original negotiations, will be considered in competition with all other new applications and are dependent on the submission of reports that demonstrate that substantial progress has been made. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals is stated in 34 CFR 655.31, 660.31, 660.32, and 660.33. The Secretary will evaluate applications in accordance with the published criteria. An applicant may receive as many as five or fifteen points or as few as zero points under each criterion. (20 U.S.C. 1121-1127, 3063- 3065.).
How may assistance be used?
The program supports research and studies that may include but are not limited to: (1) Studies and surveys to determine needs for increased or improved instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, or other international fields including the demand for foreign language, area, and other international specialists in government, education, and the private sector; (2) research on more effective methods of providing instruction and achieving competency in foreign languages, area studies, or other international fields; (3) research on applying performance tests and standards across all areas of foreign language instruction and classroom use; (4) developing and publishing specialized materials for use in foreign language, area studies, and other international fields or for training foreign language, area, and other international specialists; (5) studies and surveys to assess the use of graduates or programs supported under title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) by governmental, educational, and private-sector organizations and other studies assessing the outcomes and effectiveness of supported programs; (6) comparative studies of the effectiveness of strategies to provide international capabilities at institutions of higher education; (7) evaluations of the extent to which programs assisted under title VI of the HEA that address national needs would not otherwise be offered; (8) studies and surveys of the use of technologies in foreign language, area studies, and international studies programs; (9) studies and evaluations of effective practices in the dissemination of international information, materials, research, teaching strategies, and testing techniques throughout the educational community, including elementary and secondary schools; (10) evaluations of the extent to which programs assisted under title VI of the HEA reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views and generate debate on world regions and international affairs, as described in the grantee’s application; (11) systematic collection, analysis, and dissemination of data that contribute to achieving the purposes of title VI, part A of the HEA; and (12) support for programs or activities to make data collected, analyzed, or disseminated under title VI, part A publicly available and easy to understand. Funds awarded under this program may not be used for the training of students and teachers.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: 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 three years after close of the fiscal year of grant expiration or (2) until the grantee is notified of completion of the Federal audit, 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
Depends on project, but is generally from 12 to 36 months. Phasing of projects is determined during the negotiation process. This information is included in the grant award document.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Cheryl Gibbs,
International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202) 453-5690
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$978,215.00; FY 23 est $176,500.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$927,301.00; FY 20$1,291,046.00; FY 19$712,329.00; FY 18$712,329.00; FY 17$712,329.00; FY 16$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by competition.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program regulations are available at 34 CFR 655, 660, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations. Contact the program office for information.