Language Grant Program

To foster foreign language training to Americans.

Examples of Funded Projects



development of a hypermedia area studies module; 3.

research on student learning center to maintain less commonly taught languages; 4.

ALICE prototype natural language processing environment; and 5.

monograph defining priorities for listening comprehension research.

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

Provided support which led to the documentation of low density languages; the development of foreign language reference works, and the improved research in training methods and computer assisted instruction technologies.

Uses and Use Restrictions


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Investigations must be an employee of a U.S.

college, university or nonprofit institution as related to language.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Private, public educational institutions and other private, public nonprofit organizations which are operated primarily for language and are not organized primarily for profit.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-21, A-87, A-88, A-122 and Subpart 31.2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation applicable to commercial firms and those nonprofits exempted from OMB Circular No. A-122. The administrative requirements of OMB Circular Nos. A-102, A-110, and A-133 apply.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

All eligible private, public educational institutions and other private, public nonprofit organizations may submit proposals in response to the relevant agency announcement.

Award Procedures

Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from a RUA review. If selected for award, the proposal is incorporated into a grant document and the applicant agrees to perform the research described therein.


December 15 is the deadline for submission of proposals.


Public Law 95-224.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Awards may be made at any time throughout the year for which funding is authorized.




Reapplication with a new proposal.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funding will reflect the period of performance.

Post Assistance Requirements


Interim and final reports are required.


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.


Each grantee will maintain accounting records which will permit determination that the funds were used for the grant purpose.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 not reported; FY 08 est not reported; and FY 09 est not reported. Note: No current information provided by Agency.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,000 to $500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Chief, Language Training, Department of Defense, National Security Agency, ATTN: E41, Fort George Meade, MD 20755-6000. Telephone: (410) 859-6087. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

1. Overall language, technical or socio-economic merits; 2. potential contributions of the effort to the agency's specific mission; 3. the offerer's capabilities, related experience, facilities, techniques or unique combinations of these, which are integral factors for achieving the proposal objectives; 4. the qualifications, capabilities and experience of the proposal principal investigator, team leader or key personal who are critical in achieving the proposal objectives; 5. realism of the proposed cost and availability of funds; and 6. potential contributions of the effort to the American public.

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