Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.
Notice of intent to fund down the grant slate for the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program.
The Secretary intends to use the grant slate developed for the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement 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 slate, and limited funding is available for new grant awards in FY 2007.Start Further Info
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On June 7, 2006, we published a notice in the Federal Register (71 FR 32934) inviting applications for new awards under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program.
We received a significant number of applications for grants under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program in FY 2006 and funded 23 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 in FY 2006.
The Administration included funds for this program in the President's Budget for FY 2007, but Congress has not enacted a final appropriation for FY 2007. However, based on Congressional action to date, the Department expects only to have limited funding available for new awards under this program in FY 2007. In order to conserve funding that would have been required for a peer review of new applications submitted under the program, we intend to select grantees in FY 2007 from the existing slate of applicants. This slate was developed during the FY 2006 competition using the competitive preference priorities, invitational priorities, selection criteria, and requirements referenced in the June 7, 2006 notice. No changes to the competitive preference priorities, invitational priorities, selection criteria, and requirements will be required by this action.
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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1067-1067kStart Signature
Dated: February 7, 2007.
James F. Manning,
Delegated the Authority of Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. E7-2364 Filed 2-9-07; 8:45 am]
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