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March 2005

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U.S. Department of Education - Proposed Budget for 2006
Describing President Bush's proposed FY 2006 Education Department $56 billion budget as "strong and focused," US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently told a Senate panel that the proposal not only continues the progress made under the No Child Left Behind law, but expands it to America's high schools and also brings greater accessibility to higher education.

Spellings noted that the president's proposed budget increases Title I grants for disadvantaged children to local educational agencies—the "engines" of No Child Left Behind—by $603 million to $13.3 billion over FY 2005 levels. If enacted, she said, this would represent a 52 percent increase in direct Title I funding since the NCLB's passage. The budget also calls for a $508 million increase to $11.1 billion for special education grants to the states. If enacted, this would represent a 75 percent increase over the past five years. And, the budget provides $500 million to help ensure that there are highly qualified teachers in every classroom.

The third key element of the president's proposed FY 2006 budget, Spellings said, is its commitment to expand accessibility to higher education. The budget would provide $19 billion over 10 years in mandatory funds for Pell Grants, resulting from student loan program reforms. This change will retire the funding shortfall, and help more than five million recipients attend college next year alone, she noted. The maximum individual grant would increase by $100 each year for the next five years, from $4,050 to $4,550 per year, and grants would be made available year-round so students can learn on their own timetable.

To all view current Department of Education Discretionary Grant Packages, see the following URL:

Pointers from Pat -

GRANTS.GOV Offers Government-Wide Funding Search Capability
As of November 4, 2004, all Federal grant-making agencies were required to post all funding opportunities on this central web portal as part of the Federal government directive to streamline grant activity. Each announcement contains a standard set of data elements common to all Federal funding announcements. The purpose of the site is to provide potential applicants with enough information in a synopsis to decide whether they are interested in viewing the full announcement; information on one or more ways to obtain a full announcement; and one common Web site for all Federal grant opportunities searchable by key word, date, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number or agency name.

To use this powerful search tool for grant opportunities, access the Search Grant Opportunities . You may also register to receive all e-mail notifications of new grant postings from, access Receive Grant Opportunity Emails .

For more information about GRANTS.GOV, visit the main site at:

Selected Funding Announcements

Ready to Teach -The Ready to Teach program awards two types of competitive grants: (a) Grants to carry out a national telecommunications-based program to improve teaching in core curriculum areas (General Programming Grants); and (b) digital educational programming grants to develop, produce, and distribute innovative educational and instructional video programming (Digital Educational Programming Grants). The Ready to Teach program is designed to assist elementary school and secondary school teachers in preparing all students to achieve challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards in core curriculum areas.
FUNDING: Estimated Available Funds: $14,290,752. Estimated Range of Awards: $1,500,000-$5,000,000
ELIGIBILITY:A local public telecommunications entity that is able to demonstrate a capacity for the development and distribution of educational and
instructional television programming of high quality.
DUE: Notice of Intent to Apply: March 24, 2005. Applications: April 20, 2005
WEB: Link to Full Announcement -

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

GEAR UP supports early college preparation and awareness activities for low-income students.GEAR UP is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
FUNDING: $113,189,000 for new partnership grants and $74,276,000 for new state grants.
ELIGIBILITY: (1) A state; or (2) a partnership consisting of (A) one or more local educational agencies acting on behalf of (i) one or more elementary schools or secondary schools, and (ii) the secondary schools that students from the schools described in (i) would normally attend; (B) one or more degree granting institutions of higher education; and (C) at least two community organizations or entities, such as businesses, professional associations, community-based organizations, philanthropic organizations, State agencies.
DUE: April 11, 2005
WEB: More information is available at:

Special Education--National Activities--Technology and Media Services
This program is designed (1) to promote the development, demonstration, and use of technology for individuals with disabilities and (2) to support educational media activities and other specified media-related activities designed for individuals with disabilities.
FUNDING: Approximately $40 million available. $200,000 is average award.
ELIGIBILITY: Institutions of Higher Education, Local Education Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Other Organizations and/or Agencies, State Education Agencies.

NSF is soliciting proposals for funding under the Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology Program. This program seeks to enable institutions to create programs that will encourage undergraduate students, especially those from underrepresented groups, to gain research experience and pursue a career in environmental biology.
FUNDING: Approximately $2 million in FY 2006 funding is expected to be available for five awards.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible are US academic institutions.
DUE: Required preliminary proposals are due May 18, 2005; full proposals are due Oct. 17, 2005.
WEB: More information is available at:

Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program. This program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for undergraduate students. Projects should contribute to building a community of scholars who work in related areas of undergraduate education.
Approximately $31 million is expected to be available for 71-99 awards over three phases.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility is unrestricted.
DUE: Proposals are due beginning May 17, 2005.
WEB: More information is available at:

Multiple NIH institutes invite applications for funding to study neuroimmune molecules and mechanisms involved in regulating normal and pathological central nervous system function. The goal is to better understand how immune cells and their mediators affect brain development, function and behaviors related to cognition and mood. Research project grants, small grants, and exploratory or developmental grants are anticipated.
size and duration of each award will vary depending upon the mechanism numbers, quality, duration, and costs of the applications received. This PA will use the NIH R01, R21, and R03 award mechanisms.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible are public and private for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
DUE: June 1, October 1
WEB: For more information, visit:

The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency is soliciting proposals for funding under its Food Biological Agent Detection Sensor Program. This program seeks to develop, test and transition cost-effective detection methods for use on the food system, with a focus on liquid substrates. Specifically, HSARPA is looking for portable or laboratory-based detection methods that can be used at food manufacturing facilities, or before the food enters a processing or production facility.
FUNDING: Multiple awards are anticipated. Awards will be made based on the evaluation, funds availability, and other programmatic considerations.
ELIGIBILITY: public or private entities, businesses, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), government laboratories, and academic institutions.
DUE: White papers are due March 30, 2005; proposals are due June 3, 2005.
WEB: More information is available at:
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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE) is seeking state and local partners to help develop markets for biomass-based technologies under the Biomass Program. This program sponsors projects to reduce US reliance on foreign oil imports and support development of technologies and markets that contribute to the economic viability of bio-refineries.
$500,000. Approximately $500,000 is expected to be available for 7-10 awards. Cost-sharing of 25 percent is required.
ELIGIBILITY: Applications must be submitted by the State Energy Office or other agency responsible for administering the State Energy Program, although States may work in collaboration with non-state partners.
DUE: May 4, 2005
More information is available at:

The US Special Operations Command is soliciting proposals for research in biometric identification targeting exploitation. Proposals should seek to develop a portable capability that identifies in near real-time personnel of interest when encountered. One or more awards are anticipated.
All responsible sources capable of satisfying the Government's needs may submit proposals.
DUE: Feb. 15, 2006.
WEB: More information is available at:

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is soliciting proposals for advanced research and development of system and subsystem level technologies that, when integrated into the tactical environment, provide revolutionary improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the military. Focus areas include: (1) space, (2) unmanned vehicles, (3) tactical multipliers and (4) urban warfare and low intensity operations.
Approximately $8 million in FY 2005 funding is expected to be available for awards.
DUE: White papers and proposals are due March 30, 2005, and June 22, 2005, respectively, for the first round of funding.
WEB: More information is available at:


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