ROTC Language and Culture Training Grants
Project GO (Global Officers) is a DoD-funded initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities within the ROTC student population in order to develop future military officers who possess the cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21st Century operational environment.
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; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Fiscal Year 2016
Budget projection for FY 2016 is about the same as FY 2015. There were 24 institutional grantees in FY 2016. 524 ROTC students received scholarships under the program during this fiscal year. 90% of the students met the goal of ILR 1 and above proficiency in the speaking modality.Fiscal Year 2017
There are currently 24 institutional grantees in FY 2017. We project approximately 520 students received scholarships under the program during this fiscal year. There is no proficiency data available at this time since programs are still running.
National Defense Authorization Act of 2006, Section 535, Public Law 109-163
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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 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 their ROTC students as well as proven institutional capability to provide quality instruction in these subject areas. Institutions applying for institutional grants must have an ROTC unit on their campus.
Accredited U.S. institutions of higher education and their ROTC students.
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 a 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, institutional performance and availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
All projects must involve a comprehensive and structured language component and study abroad component although projects do not need to offer each component under their own auspices. All projects must clearly demonstrate strong recruiting and retention plans as well as plans for institutional commitment. All projects has an articulated existing or planned paths to allow Project GO students to reach the minimum ILR level 1 proficiency by the time of their graduation through one intensive language intervention or a series of multiple language interventions.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to institutions of higher education to expand ROTC student participation in the study of critical languages and study abroad. Grant awards are only made to U.S. institutions of higher education with ROTC units on their campuses. Grant funds are used for any appropriate academic-oriented experience including student support for intensive domestic and overseas language immersion and academic year interventions to strengthen on-campus or web-based language instruction. Funding may not be used for students in Junior ROTC or students below the legal age limit for participation in ROTC.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Site visits are conducted. Challenges, Successes, Enrollment Figures, etc., on a quarterly basis. Funds expended on a quarterly basis.
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 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
Grants are one-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 22350-7000 US
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 17$8,550,000.00; FY 18 est $7,000,000.00; FY 19 est $19,109,834.00; FY 16$7,280,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grants range from $150,000 to $350,000 annually for multi-year projects.
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 2016
Arizona State University Boston University Duke University Embry-Riddle Aero University Georgia Institute of Technology Indiana University James Madison University Marquette University Northeastern University Norwich University San Diego State University Texas A&M University The Citadel University of Arizona University of Florida University of Kansas University of Maryland - College Park University of Mississippi University of North Georgia University of Montana University of Pittsburgh University of Wisconsin-Madison Virginia Tech Worcester Polytechnic InstituteFiscal Year 2017
Arizona State University Boston University Duke University Embry-Riddle Aero University Georgia Institute of Technology Indiana University James Madison University Marquette University Northeastern University Norwich University San Diego State University Texas A&M University The Citadel University of Arizona University of Florida University of Kansas University of Maryland - College Park University of Mississippi University of North Georgia University of Montana University of Pittsburgh University of Wisconsin-Madison Virginia Tech Worcester Polytechnic Institute