The Language Flagship Grants to Institutions of Higher Education

(1) To establish centers for the teaching of critical languages that enable students to reach or exceed Level 3 in proficiency based on the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale in African Languages, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, Korean, Persian, and Russian;
(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.
Related Programs12.357 ROTC Language and Culture Training Grants; 12.551 National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarships; 12.552 National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowships; 12.555 English for Heritage Language Speakers Scholarships; 12.579 Language Training Center

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

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Subawards (grants) 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 and cultures together with a variety of academic and professional disciplines.

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

The only requirements that govern all Federal subawards will apply to institutions receiving National Security Education Program (NSEP) assistance.

No International exchange programs may be funded by NSEP.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The award for this program is made to a nonprofit organization that administers this assistance program on behalf of DoD.

The award is typically a cooperative agreement made to administer this CFDA program as well as CFDA # 12.551 (National Security Education Program David L.

Boren Scholarships) and CFDA # 12.552 (National Security Education Program David L.

Boren Fellowships).

The award is reported to only under this CFDA number since it has the most funding of the three programs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any accredited U.S. institution of higher education (defined in 20 U.S.C. 1001 of the Higher Education Act of 1965) is eligible to apply for assistance (subaward) under this program. 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 for subawards but may not be receive assistance directly from the administering nonprofit organization. Eligible entities for subawards must be located within the fifty (50) states, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.


The cooperative agreement award is subject to: 1) receipt of applicable/acceptable certifications and representations from applicant; 2) the applicant having a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) (; 3), the applicant, its principals, proposed subrecipients/subrecipient principals not appearing in SAM Exclusions as currently debarred, suspended, or otherwise ineligible; and 4) the applicant meeting other proposal requirements specified by the awarding office. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. All eligible, private and public U.S. institutions of higher education may submit proposals for subawards in response to the relevant announcements for assistance under this program.

Award Procedures

All qualified applications for subawards will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Subaward decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from an independent merit review.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


David L. Boren National Security Education Act, Public Law 102-183, 50 U.S.C 1901 - 1912.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


From 60 to 90 days.


From 30 to 60 days. Renewals of subawards are negotiated through the administering nonprofit organization and are conducted annually based on performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Subawards are multi-year renewed annually based on performance, pending availability of funding. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

Cash reports are submitted to cooperative agreement partner on a quarterly basis on behalf of NSEP.

On NSEP's behalf , the cooperative agreement partner requires semi-annual and annual progress reports.

Progress and performance reports are submitted via

Cash reports are submitted to the cooperative agreement partner on a quarterly basis on behalf of NSEP.

Reports are submitted via


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs).

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $23,096,000; FY 17 est $24,494,000; and FY 18 est $18,330,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Subawards range from $200,000 to $500,000 depending on type of project. The average award is estimated at $325,000 per subaward for each budget period. The core program has four-year project periods pending availability of funds.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The DoDGARS (as updated through DoD?s interim implementation of 2 CFR part 200 which can be found at 2 CFR part 1103) applies to DoD grants and cooperative agreements.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Ed McDermott, Suite 08 G 08 4800 Mark Center Dr., Alexandria, Virginia 22350 Email: Phone: 571.256.0756 Fax: 703.588.0288

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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