Cultural, Technical and Educational Centers

To assist various organizations identified by Congress to achieve objectives specified by Congress.

As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other
countries by means of educational and cultural exchange programs, including the exchange of scholars, researchers, professionals, students, and educators.

Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today.

Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance is provided to implement specific projects identified by Congress.
Funding is provided to the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West (East-West Center) to promote better relations and understanding between the United States and the nations of Asia and the Pacific through cooperative study, training, and research.

Scholars, students, teachers, government officials, NGO leaders, journalists and other professionals in various fields from the U. S. and the Asia Pacific region may study and carry out research, exchange ideas and views, lead and participate in seminars and training activities, take part in cultural programs, and conduct other activities primarily in support of the objectives of the Fulbright-Hays Act, as amended, and other Acts promoting the international, educational, cultural, and related activities of the United States.

Funding is appropriated each fiscal year from interest and earnings credited to the Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue Trust Fund for operations of the International Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue to promote dialogue and scholarship in the Middle East.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Organizations specifically identified by Congress in agency appropriations legislation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are those served by the organizations receiving awards.


Eligible organizations are those specifically identified by Congress in agency appropriations legislation. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. As stated in the award solicitation documents.

Award Procedures

Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive a Federal Assistance Award (FAA) from the Bureau s Grants Office. The FAA and the original proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The FAA will be signed by an authorized Grants Officer, and mailed to the recipient s responsible officer identified in the application.


Not Applicable.


The Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961 (Public Law 87-256), as amended., 22 U.S.C 2054 2078 2451; Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Renewals are contingent upon future Congressional funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded/released through the Department"s central financial management database.

Post Assistance Requirements


As stated in the award solicitation documents.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

As stated in the award solicitation documents.

As stated in the award solicitation documents.


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. The Recipient must comply with the OMB audit requirements. For all DOS awards, regardless of business type, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in OMB audit requirements. In addition, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in the Single Audit Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C. 7501-7507. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards ( ) for additional guidance.


The Recipients must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. For awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report as authorized by the DOS. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards ( ) for additional guidance.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 12 $16,700,000; FY 13 est $16,589,000; and FY 14 est $16,589,000 - -.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Organizations should be familiar with OMB Circulars A-110 (Revised) (Uniform
Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher
Education, Hospitals and Other Nonprofit Organizations), A-122/A-21 (Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations; Indirect Costs), and A-133/A-128 (Audits of Institutions of Higher Education and Other Nonprofit Organizations) on cost accounting principles. For a copy of the OMB circulars cited, please contact Government Publications or download from Refer to solicitation documents for additional requirements.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Lana Muck Department of State
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Office of Academic Programs
2200 C Street, NW, SA-05
Rm. Room 4B07
, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: Phone: 202-632-3238

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As stated in the award solicitation documents.

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