International Research and Studies

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

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
Sarab Al-ani $ 58,519   2021-10-012023-09-30
Language Mentors International Llc $ 178,110   2020-10-012023-09-30
Research Foundation Of The City University Of New York $ 169,450   2020-10-012023-09-30
East Carolina University $ 199,898   2020-10-012023-09-30
Trustees Of Boston University $ 178,900   2020-10-012023-09-30
Regents Of The University Of Minnesota $ 172,164   2020-10-012023-09-30
University Of Texas At Austin $ 184,119   2020-10-012023-09-30
University Of Chicago $ 198,456   2020-10-012023-09-30
Center For Applied Linguistics $ 177,870   2020-10-012023-09-30
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 179,660   2020-10-012023-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

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 modern foreign languages, 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) research on more effective methods of providing instruction and achieving competency in foreign languages, area studies, or other international fields; (3) research on applying performance tests and standards across all areas of foreign language instruction and classroom use; (4) developing and publishing specialized materials for use in foreign language, area studies, and other international fields or for training foreign language, area, and other international specialists; (5) studies and surveys to assess the use of graduates or programs supported under title VI of the HEA by governmental, educational, and private-sector organizations and other studies assessing the outcomes and effectiveness of supported programs; (6) comparative studies of the effectiveness of strategies to provide international capabilities at institutions of higher education; (7) evaluations of the extent to which programs assisted under title VI of the HEA that address national needs would not otherwise be offered; (8) studies and surveys of the use of technologies in foreign language, area studies, and international studies programs; (9) studies and evaluations of effective practices in the dissemination of international information, materials, research, teaching strategies, and testing techniques throughout the educational community, including elementary and secondary schools; (10) evaluations of the extent to which programs assisted under title VI of the HEA reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views and generate debate on world regions and international affairs, as described in the grantee?s application; (11) systematic collection, analysis, and dissemination of data that contribute to achieving the purposes of title VI, part A of the HEA; and (12) support for programs or activities to make data collected, analyzed, or disseminated under title VI, part A publicly available and easy to understand.

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. OMB Circular No. A-122 for Non-Profit Organizations, and OMB Circular No. A-21 for Educational Institutions. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. Formal applications should be prepared in response to announcements of mandatory program requirements and closing dates in the Federal Register. Application forms and guidelines for the submission of applications are available from the Office of International and Foreign Language Education at the Department of Education.

Award Procedures

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


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


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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From six to seven months.


Not Applicable.


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. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

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

Depends on project, but is generally from 12 to 36 months. Phasing of projects is determined during the negotiation process. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: This information is included in the grant award document.

Post Assistance Requirements


A final report or subject data as established through negotiation.

Interim progress reports and a financial report are required.

No cash reports are required.

Staff monitor grant drawdown using agency financial reports.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.


This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. Grantees are subject to audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26.


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



(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $712,329; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies by competition.

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

Cheryl Gibbs, International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 453-5690

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 fifteen points or as few as zero points under each criterion. (20 U.S.C. 1121-1127, 3063- 3065.).

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