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Grant Opportunity: DOS. U.S. Mission to Tunisia


Department of State

DOS
Department of State
U.S. Mission to Tunisia
University Partnership
Modification 3

University Partnership



The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 08/15/2012 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis. 
If you would like to receive notifications of changes to the grant opportunity click send me change notification emails . The only thing you need to provide for this service is your email address. No other information is requested.

Any inconsistency between the original printed document and the disk or electronic document shall be resolved by giving precedence to the printed document.
Description of Modification
the ceiling amount is $350,000 and not $350
Document Type:Modification to Previous  Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number:TPA20120815
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Posted Date:Aug 15, 2012
Creation Date:Aug 17, 2012
Original Closing Date for Applications:Sep 17, 2012    Closing Date: Monday, September 17, 2012
Current Closing Date for Applications:Sep 17, 2012    Closing Date: Monday, September 17, 2012
Archive Date:Oct 17, 2012
Funding Instrument Type:Grant 
Category of Funding Activity:Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification) 
Category Explanation:Setting up a comprehensive approach to training Diplomacy and World Affairs for the Tunisian “Diplomatic Institute for Training and Studies-IDFE”
Expected Number of Awards:
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Award Ceiling:$350,000
Award Floor:$250,000
CFDA Number(s):19.040  --  Public Diplomacy Programs
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:Yes

Eligible Applicants

Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
 

Additional Information on Eligibility:

The United States Embassy/Tunis is planning to support the Tunisian Diplomatic Institute in the development of a special curriculum to support on-going reforms in matter of capacity building to the benefit of Tunisian diplomats, in light of new trends and practices in diplomacy and skills required by the diplomatic profession, in fields such as Public Diplomacy, PR & Media Relations, Economic Diplomacy, Analysis and Prospective of Current International Affairs, Crisis Management, and interpersonal development. This partnership would also include the setting up of a Studies & Research Unit to investigate topics such as international relations, international law, the global economy, international conflict, terrorism and post-conflict nation building. The Tunisian Diplomatic institute reports to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and offers two study tracks: The first is one-year long and designed for young university graduates. Student attend classes on basic diplomacy techniques, international law, international economy and relations, etc.. At completion of the first year of study, students follow internships in various departments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before their actual assignment. The second track is aimed for in-service and mid-career professionals and offers short term training programs on various diplomacy matters. For more information about the institute, please send email to idfe.takwin@gmail.com or call the Director for Training +216 71 784 510 

Agency Name

U.S. Mission to Tunisia

Description

This RFA is designed to support U.S. academic institutions that seek to engage with the Tunisian Diplomatic institute. (Eligible Applicants: All members of the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), and other regionally accredited, degree-granting, U.S. higher education institutions). Applicant institutions with previous project or exchange experience in Tunisia and/or in North Africa are preferred.Selected recipients will be responsible for ensuring achievement of program objectives that enhance mutual, fully collaborative relationships between Tunisian and U.S. education/diplomatic institutions and their public and private sector partners in both countries. It is USG policy not to award profit under assistance instruments. However, all reasonable, allocable, and allowable expenses, both direct and indirect, which are related to the program and are in accordance with applicable cost standards (22 CFR 226, OMB Circular A-21 for universities, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 31 for for-profit organizations), may be paid under the award.Subject to the availability of funds, US Embassy Tunis plans to provide up to $350,000 in Economic Support Funds (ESF) for the partnership stated above not to exceed two years, but with the possibility of no-cost limited extensions. The US Embassy reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted. For the purposes of this program, this RFA is being issued and consists of this cover letter and the Full Application including following: 1. Section A - Application Format; 2. Section B - Selection Criteria; 3. Section C - Program Description; 4. Section D - Certifications, Assurances, and Other Statements of Applicant/Recipient 5. Section E - Attachments to Program Description (attachments 1, 2, and 3)To be eligible for an award, the applicant must provide all required information in its application, including the requirements found in any attachments. Applicants must submit the full application package in compliance with the method indicated in this cover letter and in Section A of this RFA.For the purposes of this RFA, the term "Grant" is synonymous with "Cooperative Agreement"; "Grantee" is synonymous with "Recipient"; and "Grant Officer" is synonymous with "Agreement Officer".Any questions concerning this RFA should be submitted in writing via email to Kaouthar Ben Mohamed benmohamedk@state.gov . Applications must be received by the closing date and time indicated at the top of this cover letter. Faxed proposals will not be accepted. Applicants should submit their applications by e-mail attachment formatted in Microsoft Word (up to 2MB limit per email. PDF files are acceptable). Applicants will be informed that their electronic submissions (via email) were successfully received by the required due date. Awards will be made to that responsible applicant(s) whose application(s) best meets the requirements of this RFA and the selection criteria contained herein.Issuance of this RFA does not constitute an award commitment on the part of US Embassy Tunis, nor does it commit the Embassy to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Further, US Embassy Tunis reserves the right to reject any or all applications received. In addition, final award of any resultant cooperative agreement(s) cannot be made until funds have been fully appropriated, allocated, and committed through internal procedures. While it is anticipated that these procedures will be successfully completed, potential applicants are hereby notified of these requirements and conditions for award. All preparation and submission costs are at the applicant's expense. Applicants should retain for their records one copy of all enclosures which accompany their application. 

Link to Additional Information

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Kaouthar Ben Mohamed
Grants Management Assistant
Phone 0021671107266 benmohamedk@state.gov

Synopsis Modification History

The following files represent the modifications to this synopsis with the changes noted within the documents. The list of files is arranged from newest to oldest with the newest file representing the current synopsis. Changed sections from the previous document are shown in a light grey background.
File NameDate
Modification #2Aug 17, 2012
Modification #1Aug 16, 2012
Original SynopsisAug 15, 2012
 


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US –Tunisian University collaboration in the field of Journalism

April 24, 2012
Issuance Date:  Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Closing Date:  Friday May 25, 2012 
Closing Time:  16:00 local Tunis time (11 AM EST)
The United States Embassy/Tunis is planning to support the implementation of a one-year long master’s degree program on Investigative Journalism at the Tunis Journalism and Press Sciences Institute (IPSI).  This program will focus on teaching the basic skills of investigative journalism to both entry-level journalists and mid-career professionals, with an emphasis on information sourcing, investigative techniques, and law.  The program must include designing a curriculum, developing materials, virtual exchanges, faculty training and mentoring.  The program should lead to the creation of a Center for Investigative Reporting in Tunisia Subject to the availability of funds, US Embassy Tunis plans to provide up to $250,000 in Economic Support Funds (ESF) for this partnership not to exceed two years, but with the possibility of no-cost limited extensions. The US Embassy reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted. 
A higher education partnership would include but is not limited to:
  • Exchanges of faculty and experts
  • Creation of knowledge centers
  • Building a library of relevant materials
  • Joint market research by collaborating faculty
  • Support for student innovation projects
Eligible Applicants:
This RFA is designed to support U.S. academic institutions that seek to engage with higher education institutions in Tunisia. (Eligible Applicants: All members of the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), and other regionally accredited, degree-granting, U.S. higher education institutions).  Applicant institutions with previous project or exchange experience in Tunisia and/or in North Africa are preferred.
Selected recipients will be responsible for ensuring achievement of program objectives that enhance mutual, fully collaborative relationships between Tunisian and U.S. higher education institutions and their public and private sector partners in both countries. 
It is USG policy not to award profit under assistance instruments.  However, all reasonable, allocable, and allowable expenses, both direct and indirect, which are related to the program and are in accordance with applicable cost standards (22 CFR 226, OMB Circular A-21 for universities, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation  Part 31 for for-profit organizations), may be paid under the award.
Subject to the availability of funds, US Embassy Tunis plans to provide up to $250,000 in Economic Support Funds (ESF) for each partnership stated above not to exceed two years, but with the possibility of no-cost limited extensions. The US Embassy reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted. 
For the purposes of this program, this RFA is being issued and consists of this cover letter and the Full Application (PDF 322KB) including following:
     1.  Section A - Application Format;
     2.  Section B - Selection Criteria;
     3.  Section C - Program Description;
     4.  Section D - Certifications, Assurances, and Other Statements of Applicant/Recipient
     5.  Section E - Attachments to Program Description (attachments 1, 2, and 3)
To be eligible for an award, the applicant must provide all required information in its application, including the requirements found in any attachments.  Applicants must submit the full application package in compliance with the method indicated in this cover letter and in Section A of this RFA.
For the purposes of this RFA, the term "Grant" is synonymous with "Cooperative Agreement"; "Grantee" is synonymous with "Recipient"; and "Grant Officer" is synonymous with "Agreement Officer".
Any questions concerning this RFA should be submitted in writing to John Berry, via email to berryJF@state.gov ccing Jason KhilekhileJB@state.gov  Faouzi Chaouch chaouchf@state.gov .  Applications must be received by the closing date and time indicated at the top of this cover letter. 
Faxed proposals will not be accepted.  Applicants should submit their applications by e-mail attachment formatted in Microsoft Word (up to 2MB limit per email.  PDF files are acceptable). 
Applicants will be informed that their electronic submissions (via email) were successfully received by the required due date. 
Awards will be made to that responsible applicant(s) whose application(s) best meets the requirements of this RFA and the selection criteria contained herein.
Issuance of this RFA does not constitute an award commitment on the part of US Embassy Tunis, nor does it commit the Embassy to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application.  Further, US Embassy Tunis reserves the right to reject any or all applications received.  In addition, final award of any resultant cooperative agreement(s) cannot be made until funds have been fully appropriated, allocated, and committed through internal procedures.  While it is anticipated that these procedures will be successfully completed, potential applicants are hereby notified of these requirements and conditions for award. All preparation and submission costs are at the applicant's expense. Applicants should retain for their records one copy of all enclosures which accompany their application.

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