Language Training Center
The Language Training Center Program is a DOD-funded initiative that seeks to accelerate the development of foundational or higher-level expertise in critical and strategic languages and regional studies for DOD personnel (both military and civilian) by leveraging U.S. institutions of higher education to meet the existing and demonstrated training needs of DOD units, offices, or agencies.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of The Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
In 2016, the LTC program trained approximately 1,500 DOD personnel in 19 languages. The number of partnerships within DOD organizations continued to expand, including collaboration with the Defense agencies, the National Guard, and the Special Forces community. Approximately 1,000 DOD personnel completed intensive language training consisting of 120 or more hours of instruction resulting in increased language proficiency. The Language Training Centers report that their 2016 students met or exceeded proficiency goals over 90% of the time.Fiscal Year 2018
In 2018, LTC program projects that approximately 1,200 DOD personnel will have received training in 19 languages.Fiscal Year 2017
In 2017, LTC program projects that approximately 1,200 DOD personnel will have received training in 19 languages.
National Defense Authorization Act of 2010, Section 529, Public Law 111-84
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Any accredited U.S. institutions of higher education (defined in 20 U.S.C. 1001 of the Higher Education Act of 1965) is eligible for a grant. 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 but may not be direct recipients of a grant. Federal government schools are not eligible. Applicants must demonstrate an institutional commitment to increasing the critical language and cross-cultural proficiency of DOD personnel as well as proven institutional capability to provide quality instruction in these subject areas.
Accredited U.S. institutions of higher education.
Award is subject to: 1) receipt of applicable/acceptable certifications and representations; 2) having a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) (www.sam.gov); 3) the applicant, its principals, proposed subrecipients/subrecipient principals not appearing in SAM Exclusions as currently debarred, suspended, or otherwise ineligible; and 4) meeting other requirements specified in the agency announcements.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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 in response to the relevant agency announcements posted on grants.gov.
Award decisions will be based on competitive selection of proposals resulting from an independent merit review by a panel comprised of specialists in language acquisition and study abroad as well as representatives from the military services.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Renewals are negotiated and are conducted annually based on national program strategy as well as institutional performance and availability of funding.
How are proposals selected?
All projects must demonstrate existing institutional capacity and commitment to provide high-quality language training to DOD personnel. It must also demonstrate a clear, collaborative partnership with a DOD unit, office, or agency and their ability to demonstrate how their proposed training meets a DOD mission requirement.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to institutions of higher education to increase DOD's training capacity in critical and strategic languages and regional area studies for DOD personnel. Grant awards are made to accredited U.S. institutions of higher education.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual site visits and program reviews are conducted.
A program-specific audit will be conducted each year.
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 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
Grants are single year awards and may be renewed up to two years. Additional renewal years are possible based on performance, program needs, and availability of funding. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Shirley T. Rapues
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350 US
(Project Grants) FY 17$8,755,000.00; FY 18 est $5,800,000.00; FY 19 est $5,800,000.00; FY 16$3,396,000.00; - Funding level based on availability of funds.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grant range from $150,000 to $2,000,000 annually for a single year project
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 any DoD grants and cooperative agreements. Regulations applicable to this program are at 32 CFR Part 208.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
California State University - Long Beach; Concordia College; George Mason University; George Washington University; North Carolina State University; San Diego State University; University of Kansas; University of Montana; University of UtahFiscal Year 2016
California State University - Long Beach; Concordia College; George Mason University; George Washington University; North Carolina State University; San Diego State University; University of Kansas; University of Montana; University of UtahFiscal Year 2018
California State University - Long Beach; Concordia College; George Mason University; George Washington University; North Carolina State University; San Diego State University; University of Kansas; University of Montana; University of Utah