National Flagship Language Program Grants To U.S. Institutions Of Higher Education

(1) To establish centers for the teaching of critical languages to the ILR level 3 (ACTFL Superior level) and beyond in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Persian, Hindi, and Urdu; (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.
Examples of Funded Projects

The NFLP grants have been awarded to establish an infrastructure that provides instruction to reach ILR Level 3 in the following language and at the following institutions: Arabic Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, College Park; Chinese Brigham Young University, Ohio State University, University of Oregon (K-16 effort in partnership with Portland Public Schools; Korean University of California, Los Angeles; University of Hawaii, Manoa; Persian University of Maryland, College Park; Russian Bryn Mawr College (consortium).

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.

Program Accomplishments

Participants in NSEP grant programs are provided instruction in Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Central Asian Languages, Russian, Korean, Persian, and Mandarin through domestic and overseas study, and achieve professional-level proficiency (ILR Level 3/3/3).

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant awards 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 & cultures together with a variety of academic and professional disciplines.

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

Only requirements that govern all Federal grants will apply to NSEP grants.

No International exchange programs may be funded by NSEP.

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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.


Specified in requests for applications released on behalf of NSEP by the Institute of International Education Center (IIE) and the Center for Applied Study of Languages (CASL).


50 U.S.C. 1901-1911.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 45 to 60 days at each stage of a two-stage process.




Renewals are negotiated through IIE, and are conducted annually based on performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

No less than 25% of the grant supported program costs are required to be shared by a grant recipient.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are multi-year renewed each year based on performance.

Post Assistance Requirements


Semi-annual progress reports.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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.


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



FY 07 $12,000,000; FY 08 est $12,000,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grants ranges from $150,000 to $1,000,000 annually for multi-year projects.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Requests for Applications are released by IIE at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Dr. Robert O. Slater or Ms. Stacia Falat, Department of Defense, National Defense University, National Security Education Program, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1210, Arlington, VA 22209-2248. Telephone: (703) 696-1991, E-Mail Address:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Significance of the problem and proposal's response to the problem; proposals effectiveness, and evaluation plans.

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