Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): First in The World (FITW) Program: VALIDATION Grants CFDA Number 84.116X

The summary for the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): First in The World (FITW) Program: VALIDATION Grants CFDA Number 84.116X grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data FederalGrants.com provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Department of Education, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): First in The World (FITW) Program: VALIDATION Grants CFDA Number 84.116X: Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information.

Purpose of Program: The FITW program is designed to support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions and evidence for what works in addressing persistent and widespread challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing postsecondary programs, including, but not limited to, adult learners, working students, part-time students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students. The focus of the FITW program is to build evidence for what works in postsecondary education by testing the effectiveness of these strategies in improving student persistence and completion outcomes.
For FY 2015, the Department will award two types of grants under FITW: ``Development'' grants and ``Validation'' grants. These grants differ in terms of the level of evidence of effectiveness required for consideration of funding, the level of scale the funded project should reach, and, consequently, the amount of funding available to support the project.
This notice invites applications for Validation grants only. Validation grants provide funding to support the expansion and replication of projects supported by moderate evidence of effectiveness (as defined in this notice) to a scaled multi-site sample (as defined in this notice), which would include multiple institutions of higher education, including multiple institutions within a State system.
All Validation grantees must evaluate the effectiveness of the project at each partner entity. The evaluation design will be assessed on the extent to which it could meet What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards (as defined in this notice) without reservations.
The Department has published a separate notice inviting applications for Development grants elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.


Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.116X.

Federal Grant Title: Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): First in The World (FITW) Program: VALIDATION Grants CFDA Number 84.116X
Federal Agency Name: Department of Education
Grant Categories: Education
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-051115-002
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 84.116
CFDA Descriptions: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
Current Application Deadline: Jun 30, 2015 Applications Available: May 11, 2015
Original Application Deadline: Jun 30, 2015 Applications Available: May 11, 2015
Posted Date: May 11, 2015
Creation Date: May 11, 2015
Archive Date: Jul 30, 2015
Total Program Funding: $40,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $10,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: none
Expected Number of Awards: 5
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
County governments
City or township governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
State governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility
1. Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education, combinations of such institutions, and other public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies.
To qualify as an eligible MSI under the FITW program, an institution of higher education must meet one of two criteria. The first criterion includes: Current eligibility approval as defined by the Department's FY 2015 eligibility process for Title III and/or Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended; an open grant under one of the Department's Title III, Parts A and F and/or Title V programs; or a designation as a Historically Black College of University or a Tribally Controlled College. The second criterion includes: Specific enrollment percentages for minority students served; and, if applicable, needy student and educational and general expenditure criteria for determining income eligibility.
More information on MSI eligibility is in the application package under the section entitled Eligibility. The Department will screen the applications to verify MSI eligibility based on these criteria and, if applicable, will use the most recent Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data Systems data. In the event an application does not qualify for MSI eligibility, it will still be reviewed.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): First in The World (FITW) Program: VALIDATION Grants CFDA Number 84.116X; Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015
Grant Announcement Contact
Julius Cotton ED Grants.gov FIND Systems Admin. Phone 202-245-6288 EducationGrantInquiries@ed.gov Program Manager: Frank Frankfort, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 6166, Washington, DC 20006-8544. Telephone: (202) 502-7513. FAX: (202) 502-7877 or by email. You may send emails to OPEFITWValidation@ed.gov.
Program Mailbox

Department of Education 202 708 5660
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