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National Flagship Language Program Grants To U.S. Institutions Of Higher Education

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This federal aid program is managed by:



(1) To establish centers for the teaching of critical languages to the ILR level 3 (ACTFL Superior level) and beyond in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Persian, Hindi, and Urdu; (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.

Funding obligations:

FY 07 $12,000,000; FY 08 est $12,000,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Grant awards 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 & cultures together with a variety of academic and professional disciplines. The National Security Education Act places no special or unique requirements on grantee institutions. Only requirements that govern all Federal grants will apply to NSEP grants. No International exchange programs may be funded by NSEP.

Examples of Funded Projects:

The NFLP grants have been awarded to establish an infrastructure that provides instruction to reach ILR Level 3 in the following language and at the following institutions: Arabic Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, College Park; Chinese Brigham Young University, Ohio State University, University of Oregon (K-16 effort in partnership with Portland Public Schools; Korean University of California, Los Angeles; University of Hawaii, Manoa; Persian University of Maryland, College Park; Russian Bryn Mawr College (consortium).

Program Accomplishments:

Participants in NSEP grant programs are provided instruction in Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Central Asian Languages, Russian, Korean, Persian, and Mandarin through domestic and overseas study, and achieve professional-level proficiency (ILR Level 3/3/3).

Types of Assistance:

Project Grants.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Grants ranges from $150,000 to $1,000,000 annually for multi-year projects.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Grants are multi-year renewed each year based on performance.

Applicant Eligibility:

Any accredited U.S. institution of higher education (defined in Section 1201(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. 1141(a) is eligible to apply for a grant. 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 but may not be direct recipients of a grant. Federal government schools are not eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Accredited U.S. institutions of higher education and their students.

Award Procedure:

Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals resulting from an independent merit review.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Dr. Robert O. Slater or Ms. Stacia Falat, Department of Defense, National Defense University, National Security Education Program, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1210, Arlington, VA 22209-2248. Telephone: (703) 696-1991, E-Mail Address:

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