Career and Technical Education- National Programs

To provide support research, development, demonstration, dissemination, evaluation, and assessment activities aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of career and technical education.

Examples of Funded Projects

Funded Projects include activities that help States align their career and technical education accountability systems with the provisions of the Perkins legislation, showcase and replicate successful community college programs, and support a National Research Center for Career and Technical Education and a National Assessment of Career and Technical Education.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Program funds support the National Career and Technical Education Research Center, the National Assessment of Career Technical Education, and other career and technical education dissemination activities.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Awards may be made only for activities designed to improve the practice of career and technical education.

Announcements for grants are made in the Federal Register.

Contract competitions are announced in the Commerce Business Daily.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include universities or a consortium of universities and a public or private nonprofit organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Education professionals as well as the general public will benefit.


Legal signature by a designated official on the grant application or contract proposal. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. OMB Circular A-110 for institutions of higher education, hospitals and other nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the Department of Education and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application notices are published in the Federal Register.

Application Procedures

Applications for grants must be prepared in accordance with the regulations in 34 CFR Part 75. A proposal for a contract must be prepared in accordance with program announcements in the Commerce Business Daily. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed in accordance with regulations applicable to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 found in 34 CFR Part 75 and with requirements published in the Federal Register.


A request for applications is published in the Federal Register. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are released at various times throughout the fiscal year. A synopsis of each procurement request will appear in the Commerce Business Daily. This also contains information about where copies of the RFP can be obtained.


Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, Section 114, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The Range is approximately 90 to 120 days.


For grants, not applicable; for contracts, as specified in Federal Procurement Regulations, 41 CFR 1, 2, 407, and 408.


Awards are made annually, for a maximum award period of 5 years. Renewals subject to the availability of appropriations and are contingent on recipient performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants or contract are awarded annually with a maximum award period of 5 years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations and contingent on recipient performance.

Post Assistance Requirements


Specific reporting requirements are contained in the Request for Proposal and contract document.

Reporting requirements for grants are required in the regulations for Carl D.

Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 for 34 Part 75.


Periodic audits should be made as part of the recipient's systems of financial management and internal control to meet the terms and conditions of contract and grants.


In accordance with Section 443 of the General Education Provisions Act, grantees must maintain records for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Contracts) FY 07 $10,000,000; FY 08 est $7,860,000; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations 34 CFR 401 and 411-413.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OVAE Policy, Research and Evaluation Staff 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-7242. Contact: Ricardo Hernandez. Telephone: (202) 245-7818. Internet:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See 34 CFR Part 75 for selection criteria. However, each request for proposal contains weighted evaluation criteria which are unique to the particular requirements of the individual procurement.

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