Programs and Competitions

The Language Flagship is committed to continuing its investment in advancing language learning in the U.S. for the long term and, accordingly, requires evidence of significant institutional commitment to support and sustain institutional Flagship efforts. The Language Flagship only commits to long-term funding for programs if the host institutions demonstrate a similar commitment to support the language education infrastructure required for institutionalization and sustainment of these efforts. Institutional support must be demonstrated by a clear commitment of financial support to core operations of the project.

Open RFPs

Flagship Culture Initiative
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from existing Language Flagship Domestic Programs to develop a Flagship Culture Initiative. The main goal of this initiative is to develop an open source online culture curriculum across Arabic, Chinese, and Russian programs and general awareness materials for all Flagship language programs that will address the cultural preparation needed to prepare and engage students on their overseas capstone programs. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Flagship Culture Initiative Application Guidelines (PDF)
Flagship Culture Initiative Budget Template (Excel)

Collaborative Technology Innovation Initiative
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals to identify and develop technology-based practices for effective instruction and learning within a select group of Flagship institutions. This solicitation is open to institutions that currently host a Domestic Language Flagship Program, and that have not received an NSEP Technology-related grant in the past three years. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Collaborative Technology Innovation Initiative Application Guidelines (PDF)
Collaborative Technology Innovation Initiative Budget Template (Excel)

Closed RFPs

The Language Roadmap Initiative
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from current undergraduate domestic Flagship programs for Flagship support in establishing or reinforcing and strengthening a Language Roadmap. This solicitation is open to U.S. institutions of higher education (IHEs) hosting current undergraduate domestic Flagship programs. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 31, 2017.

The Language Roadmap Initiative Application Guidelines (PDF)

Questions regarding this solicitation will be answered during a webinar on Monday, February 13, 2017 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (EST).

Arabic Language Flagship Program
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop a domestic Undergraduate Arabic Language Flagship Program. This solicitation is open to U.S. IHEs with existing Arabic language programs and demonstrated experience delivering high-quality undergraduate Arabic language instruction.  Proposals were due at 4:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday, November 20, 2015.

Undergraduate Arabic Flagship Program Application Guidelines (PDF)
Undergraduate Arabic Flagship Program Budget Template (Excel)
Undergraduate Arabic Flagship Program Outcomes Template (Excel)

Questions regarding this solicitation were answered during a webinar on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Q&A and additional Q&A from this webinar are available here:

Undergraduate Arabic Flagship Program RFP FAQs (PDF) 
Undergraduate Arabic Flagship Program RFP Additional FAQs (PDF)

South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education for the development and implementation of the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) to provide domestic intensive summer language instruction, followed by fall overseas language instruction, in Hindi and Urdu at a variety of levels. Proposals are due at 4:30 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative Application Guidelines (PDF)
South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative Budget Template (Excel)

Questions regarding this solicitation were answered during a webinar on Friday, August 7, 2015.  Q&A  from this webinar is available here: SAFLI RFP Webinar Q&A (PDF)

Arabic Language Flagship Program
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop a domestic Undergraduate Arabic Language Flagship Program. This solicitation is open to U.S. IHEs with existing Arabic language programs and demonstrated experience delivering high-quality undergraduate Arabic language instruction.  Proposals were due at 4:30 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, November 7, 2014.
Undergraduate Arabic Flagship Program Application Guidelines (PDF)
Undergraduate Arabic Flagship Program Budget Template (Excel)

Questions regarding this solicitation were answered during a webinar on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.  Q&A  from this webinar is available here: Undergraduate Arabic Flagship Program RFP FAQs (PDF)

Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education for the development and management of a national Flagship Technology Innovation Center whose purpose is to conceive, design, adapt or improve, deliver and test effective means to blend technology into existing Language Flagship Programs. Proposals were due at 4:30 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, October 16, 2014.
Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center RFP (PDF)
Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center Budget Template (Excel)

Questions regarding this solicitation were answered during a webinar on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.  Q&A  from this webinar is available here: Flagship Technology Innovation Center RFP QAs (PDF)

Language Flagship Proficiency Initiative
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to introduce Flagship proficiency assessment processes to established academic foreign language programs through the Language Flagship Proficiency Initiative (PDF).  Proposals were due on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. (EST).
Language Flagship Proficiency Initiative Budget Template (Excel)

Questions regarding this solicitation were answered during a webinar on Wednesday, February 19.  Q&A from this webinar is available here: Q&A for Language Proficiency Initiative RFP.  The second webinar was held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  Q&A from this webinar is available here: Q&A for Language Proficiency Initiative RFP - Part Two

Comprehensive Survey of U.S. Foreign Language Enrollments: K-12 and Higher Education
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to undertake a Comprehensive Survey of U.S. Foreign Language Enrollments: K-12 and Higher Education (PDF). The Institute of International Education (IIE) encourages applicants to partner with NGO’s and associations involved in foreign language education.
K-12 and Higher Education Enrollment Survey Budget Template (Excel)
Proposals were due on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. (EST)

Chinese Language Flagship Program
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop a domestic Undergraduate Chinese Language Flagship Program (PDF)
Proposals were due on November 7, 2013

Questions regarding this solicitation were answered during two webinars on Thursday, September 19 and Tuesday, October 15. Q&A from these two webinars are available here: Undergraduate Chinese Language Flagship Program - Q&A

Arabic Language Flagship Program
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop a domestic Undergraduate Arabic Language Flagship Program (PDF)
Proposals were due November 28, 2012

Turkish Language Flagship Program
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop a domestic and overseas Undergraduate Turkish Language Flagship Program (PDF)
Proposals were due August 17, 2011

Portuguese Language Flagship Program
The Language Flagship is seeking proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop a domestic and overseas Undergraduate Portuguese Language Flagship Program (PDF)
Proposals were due August 10, 2011