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Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.


Notice of intent to fund down the grant slate for the Strengthening Institutions Program.


The Secretary intends to use the grant slate developed for the Strengthening Institutions Program in Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 to make new grant awards in FY 2007. The Secretary takes this action because a significant number of high-quality applications remain on last year's grant slate. The actual level of funding for the FY 2007 program, if any, depends on final Congressional action.

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Dr. Maria E. Carrington, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20006-6450. Telephone: (202) 502-7548 or via Internet:

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On May 19, 2006, we published a notice in the Federal Register (71 FR 29130) inviting applications for new awards under the Strengthening Institutions Program.

We received a significant number of applications for grants under the Strengthening Institutions Program in FY 2006 and made 34 new grants. Because such a large number of high-quality applications were received, many applications that were awarded high scores by peer reviewers did not receive funding for FY 2006.

Limited funding is available for new awards under this program in FY 2007. To conserve funding that would have been required for a peer review of new grant applications and use those funds to support grant activities, we will select grantees in FY 2007 from the existing slate of applicants. This slate was developed during the FY 2006 competition using the selection criteria, application requirements, and definitions referenced in the May 19, Start Printed Page 39972006 notice. No changes to the selection criteria, application requirements, and definitions will be required by this action.


All non-funded applicants scoring 95 and above in the FY 2006 competition MUST apply for Title III eligibility. Final funding decisions will be made based upon the amount available for new awards. As announced in a notice published in the Federal Register on January 8, 2007(71 FR 760) the closing date for Title III eligibility submissions is March 9, 2007.

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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1057-1059d.

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Dated: January 24, 2007.

James F. Manning,

Delegated the Authority of Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.

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[FR Doc. E7-1352 Filed 1-26-07; 8:45 am]