Last week the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education announced that applications for new discretionary grants under the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Comprehensive Program are now available. According the Federal Register notice announcing the awards, the Comprehensive Program “supports innovative grants and cooperative agreements to improve postsecondary education. It supports reforms, innovations, and significant improvements of postsecondary education that respond to problems of national significance and serve as national models.”
Institutions of higher education (IHE) or combinations of IHEs and other public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies are eligible to apply. Approximately $20 million in grants will be available (pending Congressional appropriation). Grants will range from $500,000–$750,000 over three years, with $150,000-$200,000 being awarded for the first year. The Department estimates that 28 grants will be awarded.
There are three competitive and two invitational priorities that applicants should be aware of:
Competitive Preference Priorities (applicants can receive up to an additional two points for each priority met):
- Increasing postsecondary success
- Enabling more data-based decision-making
- Improving productivity
- Curriculum alignment
- Reducing instructional costs
The deadline to apply is May 23, 2011.