International Research and Studies

To improve foreign language, area, and other international studies training through support of research, studies, experimentation, development of specialized instructional materials, and the publication of specialized materials developed as a result of research conducted under this program.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

"HEA Title VI, Part A, Section 606: An Assessment Study"; "National Proficiency Tests in Ukrainian and Croatian"; "Teaching about the Americas: An Electronic Curriculum"; "Instructional Materials on China and Japan"; "Proficiency-based Business Arabic"; "A CD-ROM-based Video in Japanese Language and Culture"; "Middle East Curriculum and Dissemination Project"; "Teaching Materials for Russian Language Instruction at the Secondary Schools Level"; "Africa: Media and Education Project"; "Survey of Foreign Language Entrance and Degree Requirements in U.S.

Colleges and Universities." International Law - Video Course and Learner's Guide, Hausa Language and Culture Video Project, The Muslim Middle East: Curriculum Development and Dissemination Project.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Pittsburgh The $ 294,567   2017-10-012020-09-30
Iowa State University Of Science And Technology $ 291,742   2017-10-012020-09-30
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 271,242   2017-10-012020-09-30
Institute Of International Education, Inc. $ 280,640   2017-10-012020-09-30
Center For Applied Linguistics $ 268,049   2017-10-012020-09-30
Delaware State University $ 246,680   2017-10-012020-09-30
Chapel Hill-carrboro City School System $ 266,033   2017-10-012020-09-30
Board Of Regents Of The University System Of Georgia $ 286,378   2017-10-012020-09-30
Trustees Of The University Of Pennsylvania, The-$ 27,637   2010-10-012015-09-30
Center For Applied Linguistics $ 210,696   2010-10-012014-09-30

Program Accomplishments

For FY 2008, 14 new awards and 32 continuation awards are expected to be made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The program supports research and studies that may include but are not limited to: (1) Studies and surveys to determine needs for increased or improved instruction in foreign language, area studies, or other international fields including the demand for foreign language, area, and other international specialists in government, education, and the private sector; (2) studies and surveys to assess the utilization of graduates of programs supported under this title by governmental, educational, and private sector organizations and other studies assessing the outcomes and effectiveness of programs so supported; (3) comparative studies of the effectiveness of strategies to provide international capabilities at institutions of higher education; (4) research on more effective methods of providing instruction and achieving competency in foreign languages; (5) the development and publication of specialized materials for use in foreign language, area studies, and other international fields, or for training foreign language, area and other international specialists; (6) the application of performance tests and standards across all areas of foreign language instruction and classroom use, and (7) other research or materials development projects that further the purposes of the International Education Programs authorized by Part A of Title VI of the HEA.

Funds awarded under this program may not be used for the training of students and teachers.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public and private agencies, organizations, institutions, and individuals may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public and private agencies, organizations, institutions, and individuals will benefit.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Formal applications should be prepared in response to announcements of mandatory program requirements and closing dates in the Federal Register. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by Department of Education specialists and review panels of scholars.


Will be announced in the Federal Register and are normally in October/November of the year preceding the grant period. Contact the program office for more information.


Higher Education Act of 1965, Title VI, Part A, Section 605, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From six to seven months.




Projects conducted under a grant may be phased, with the phases following the first phase subject to renewal on a non-competitive basis. Renewals of grants, which were not included in the original negotiations, will be considered in competition with all other new applications and are dependent on the submission of reports that demonstrate that substantial progress has been made.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Depends on project, but is generally from 12 to 36 months. Phasing of projects is determined during the negotiation process.

Post Assistance Requirements


A final report or subject data as established through negotiation.

Interim progress reports and a financial report are required.


All fiscal records will be subject to audit by the Department at any time within three years after expiration of the contract or grant.


All records supporting claims under grants or relating to accountability for awarded funds must be available on request: (1) For three years after close of the fiscal year of grant expiration or (2) until the grantee is notified of completion of the Federal audit, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $5,822,840; FY 08 $4,288,000; and FY 09 est $6,837,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For FY 2008, the range of awards is expected to be $50,000 to $200,000; the average award is expected to be $114,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program regulations are available at 34 CFR 655, 660, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations. Contact the program office for information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

International Education Programs Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-5331. Contact: Ed McDermott. Telephone: (202) 502-7636. E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria for selecting proposals is stated in 34 CFR 655.31, 660.31, 660.32, and 660.33. The Secretary will evaluate applications in accordance with the published criteria. An applicant may receive as many as five or ten points or as few as zero points under each criterion. (20 U.S.C. 1121-1127, 3063- 3065.)

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