STARTALK 2008 - Invitation for Proposals for Summer Programs

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Dear Colleague:

The National Foreign Language Center solicits proposals from eligible schools, post-secondary institutions, or community-based organizations to participate in the STARTALK project. STARTALK is part of a federal initiative to enhance the national capacity for critical need languages. The goal of this STARTALK program is to increase the number and expertise of students and teachers in critical languages. For information about the initiative, see http://exchanges.state.gov/NSLI/fact_sheet.pdf

In the summer of 2008, the STARTALK project will provide funding for summer programs that fall into the following categories:

As a general rule, awards will range up to $100,000 according to the number of participants and nature of programs provided. STARTALK funding must be used to create new programs or to expand and/or enhance existing programs; it cannot be used to replace current program funding. The NFLC will provide consultation and advice, as well as planning seminars, for programs selected for funding.

For student programs, applicants must demonstrate

Please refer to page 2 of the Invitation for Proposals for more information on eligibility, criteria, and priorities for student programs.

For teacher programs, applicants must demonstrate

Please refer to page 3 of the Invitation for Proposals for more information on eligibility, criteria, and priorities for teacher programs.

Information on the STARTALK proposal and selection criteria is attached. If you have a question about the application process, please submit it in writing to startalk@nflc.org, no later than Friday, December 7, 2007. Responses will be posted at http://startalk.umd.edu/2008/ProposalsFAQ on December 12, 2007

All applications must be postmarked by December 21, 2007. Application documents include the following:

Please note that STARTALK programs will be required to send at least 2 representatives to the Washington, DC area for pre- and post-program meetings. The prime contractor will cover the cost for these meetings.

If you propose activities in more than one language, or you propose to serve both teachers and students, please indicate the cost per language and/or per participant groups served.

The application may be submitted via e-mail to startalk@nflc.org or mailed (four copies) to:

STARTALK
National Foreign Language Center
Patapsco Building, Suite 2132
University of Maryland
5201 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20740
Sincerely,
Catherine Ingold
Director, NFLC

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