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.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: Project GO/ROTC Language and Culture Grants are intended to promote critical language study and overseas experience for ROTC students.

Grants have funded domestic summer language institutes (ex.

San Diego State University, Indiana University, University of Utah) and overseas summer language programs (ex.

Arizona State University, University of Mississippi, University of Texas at Austin) across a range of languages, including Arabic, Mandarin, Persian, and Russian.

Fiscal Year 2010: Project GO/ROTC Language and Culture Grants are intended to promote critical language study and overseas experience for ROTC students.

Grants have funded domestic summer language institutes (ex.

San Diego State University, Indiana University, University of Utah) and overseas summer language programs (ex.

Arizona State University, University of Mississippi, University of Texas at Austin) across a range of languages, including Arabic, Mandarin, Persian, and Russian.

Fiscal Year 2011: Project GO/ROTC Language and Culture Grants are intended to promote critical language study and overseas experience for ROTC students.

Grants have funded domestic summer language institutes (ex.

San Diego State University, Indiana University, University of Utah) and overseas summer language programs (ex.

Arizona State University, University of Mississippi, University of Texas at Austin) across a range of languages, including Arabic, Mandarin, Persian, and Russian.


Agency - Department of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Website Address

http://www.nsep.gov



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: Participants in Project GO are provided instruction in Arabic, Hindi-Urdu, Central Asian Languages, Russian, Korean, Persian, Mandarin, Swahili, Hausa, and Wolof through domestic and overseas study. Fiscal Year 2010: Participants in Project GO are provided instruction in Arabic, Hindi-Urdu, Central Asian Languages, Russian, Korean, Persian, Mandarin, Swahili, Hausa, and Wolof through domestic and overseas study. Fiscal Year 2011: Participants in Project GO are provided instruction in Arabic, Hindi-Urdu, Central Asian Languages, Russian, Korean, Persian, Mandarin, Swahili, Hausa, and Wolof through domestic and overseas study.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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 learning with ROTC units on their campuses.

The National Security Education Act places no special or unique requirements on grantee institutions.

Only requirements that govern all Federal grants will apply to National Security Education Program (NSEP) grants.

No International exchange programs may be funded by NSEP.

Finally, grant funds may be used for any appropriate, academic-oriented experience including independent research, internships, service learning, or traditional study abroad.

Funding may not be used for students in Junior ROTC or students below the legal age limit for participation in ROTC.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any accredited U.S.

institution of higher education (defined in Section 1201(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C.

1141(a) 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 major awards greater than $300,000 must have two or more ROTC units on their campuses and a combined ROTC student population of no less than 250 cadets/midshipmen.

Institutions applying for awards under $300,000 do not have to meet this multiple-unit and/or 250+ population requirement.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Accredited U.S. institutions of higher education and their ROTC students.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 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.

Award Procedures

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.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act , Executive Order Requires each executive agency to use a procurement contract as the legal instrument reflecting a relationship between the Federal Government and a State or local government or other recipient whenever the principal purpose of the agreement is the acquisition, by purchase, lease, or barter, of property or services for the direct benefit or use of the Federal Government.

Requires each executive agency, when no substantial involvement is anticipated between the executive agency, acting for the Federal Government, and the State or local government or other recipient during performance of the contemplated activity, to use a grant agreement as the legal instrument reflecting a relationship between the Federal Government and a State or local government or other recipient whenever the principal purpose of the relationship is the transfer of money, property, services, or anything of value to the State or local government.

Requires each executive agency to use a cooperative agreement as the legal instrument reflecting a relationship between the Federal Government and a State or local government or other recipient whenever the principal purpose of the relationship is the transfer of money, property, services, or anything of value to the State or local government, and substantial involvement is anticipated between the executive agency, acting for the Federal Government, and the State or local government or other recipient during performance of the contemplated activity.

Directs the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in cooperation with the executive agencies, to undertake a study to develop a better understanding of alternative means of implementing Federal assistance programs, and to determine the feasibility of developing a comprehensive system of guidance for Federal assistance programs.


, Public Law 095-224.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Renewals are negotiated and are conducted annually based on national program strategy as well as institutional performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. There are no matching or cost sharing requirements but applicants are encouraged to cost share project efforts.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are single or two-year awards. Additional renewal years are possible based on performance and program needs. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Challenges, Successes, Enrollment Figures, etc., on a quarterly basis.

Funds expended on a quarterly basis.

Challenges, Successes, Enrollment Figures, etc., on a quarterly basis.

Funds expended on a quarterly basis.

Challenges, Successes, Enrollment Figures, etc., on a quarterly basis.

Funds expended on a quarterly basis.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. A program-specific audit will be conducted each year.

Records

The Comptroller General of the United States or a duly authorized representative from the General Accounting Office shall, until 3 years after final payment under this grant have access to and right to examine any of the recipient"s directly pertinent books, documents, papers, or other records involving transactions related to this grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification

97-0100-7-3-001 - Defense-Wide Operations and Maintenance D-W O&M.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 09 $4,443,900; FY 10 est $4,443,900; FY 11 est $4,443,900

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grants range from $50,000 to $300,000 annually for multi-year projects.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Awardee and any consultant/contractor operating under the terms of a grant or cooperative agreement shall comply with all Federal, State, and local laws applicable to its activities including the following: 32 CFR 32, "Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-profit Organizations," OMB A-21, "Cost Principles for Educational Institutions," OMB A-110/2 CFR 215, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations," and OMB A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Alison M. Patz 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1210, Arlington, Virginia 22209-2248 Email: nsep@nsep.gov Phone: (703) 696-1991 Fax: (703) 696-5667

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.



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