Federal & Foundation Assistance Monitor

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Program to Enhance Hispanic Higher Education

The program provides grants to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students. Grantees also may use funds to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability.

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Final Regulations Provide More Flexibility

The Education Dept. offers the final regulations to implement the accountability, school support and improvement, data reporting and state plan provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (PL 114-95). DoEd Secretary John B. King Jr. said the regulations support states in using their flexibility to provide a high-quality, well-rounded education, and ensure equity remains at the core of implementation.

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New $7.5M Program to Fund Medical Research

Stand Up to Cancer and the American Association for Cancer Research join forces to launch the $7.5 million SU2C Innovative Research Grants Program to support early-career scientists pursuing innovative research focused on immuno-oncology.

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Foundation Getting Ready for 2017 Giving

Each year applications are accepted during designated periods or cycles only. All states have two application cycles annually. Each state is assigned to either application cycles 1 and 3 or application cycles 2 and 4. Organizations may only apply for funding in the designated cycles assigned to their state.

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Training to Improve Worker Safety

Grantees will provide training and education programs for workers and employers on safety and health hazards in the workplace and inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under federal law. Applicants may apply for pilot and developmental awards.

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McNair Competition to Start Soon

The Office of Postsecondary Education is preparing the FY 2017 solicitation for its Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaurate Achievement program (CFDA Number: 84.217A), seeking insights from stakeholders on proposed changes through an Oct. 21 Federal Register notice. The program provides about $35 million each year to approximately 150 grantees.

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Rural Areas to Address Violence

The grantees will address and prevent domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes against children, youth and adults in rural areas.

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Collaborations to Revitalize Healthcare System

The Nonprofit Finance Fund launches the Healthy Outcomes program, a multi-year initiative to support collaborations to accomplish large-scale improvements in community health.

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Inaugural Competition to Reward Teams

This inaugural competition is focused on creating a socialbot, a new Alexa skill that converses coherently and engagingly with humans on popular topics and news events. Participating teams will advance several areas of conversational AI including knowledge acquisition, natural language understanding, natural language generation, context modeling, commonsense reasoning and dialog planning.

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New Guidance to Strengthen Teaching Workforce

The Education Dept. releases non-regulatory guidance to encourages states and districts to prepare, train and recruit high-quality teachers and principals to increase student academic achievement.

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