OSERS Application Assistance for 2019 Grant Competition: 84.326R


National Center for Systemic Improvement



The U.S. Department of Education is committed to attracting as many qualified applicants as possible for its discretionary grant competitions. The Department is also committed to an equitable and transparent application process. OSERS is, therefore, providing to interested applicants technical assistance on the application process and application requirements for this competition.

Informational Webinar:

OSERS has posted a pre-recorded webinar providing application instructions and assistance for this competition.

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Application Q & A:

This blog provides applicants with an additional opportunity to ask questions about the application process and the application requirements for this competition. Please submit your questions in the comment box below no later than 5:00 pm ET, on August 27, 2019. OSERS intends to post answers here within two business days of receipt. When submitting your questions, please keep the purpose of this blog in mind. OSERS will only post answers to questions related to the application process and the application requirements for this competition. OSERS will not respond to questions on other topics or to any comments.

For More Information Contact:

During and after the Q & A period, applicants may also call or send questions about the application process and application requirements for this competition to the competition manager:

Perry Williams

Email: Perry.Williams@ed.gov

Phone: 202-245-7575

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, at 1-800-877-8339.

If answers to questions received by telephone or email may be useful to other applicants, OSERS will update the blog.



  1. What formatting restrictions apply with regard to font size in the narrative section? In particular with regards to charts, tables, graphs, and screenshots? Will the Department allow a different font size or spacing than what is recommended on page B-21?

    • While the Department provides recommendations related to formatting on page B-21, there are no formatting limits or requirements related to the number of pages, font styling, size or spacing. With respect to page length and spacing, we recommend you consider that a panel of peer reviewers will be reading the applications, so they should be structured for ease of reading and in such a way as to clearly address the selection criteria outlined in the Notice Inviting Applications.

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