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Create Interactive Content to Complement English Language Radio Scripts

Funding Opportunity ID: 327710
Opportunity Number: AFKHT-FY20-001
Opportunity Title: Create Interactive Content to Complement English Language Radio Scripts
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: Public Diplomacy
CFDA Number(s): 19.040
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations Public and private educational institutions Individuals Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations. Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov.
Agency Code: DOS-SDN
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to Sudan
Posted Date: Jun 17, 2020
Close Date: Jul 17, 2020
Last Updated Date: Jun 16, 2020
Award Ceiling: $5,000
Award Floor: $1,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: he Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy Khartoum announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to manage and develop an online interactive platform for the FY 2020 Sudanese Folktale Project. The Sudanese Folktale Project is a multi-tiered program that supports English Language teaching. The project involves two primary components: a series of short radio shows, and a series of complementary online activities. The radio programs are being produced under the auspices of a separate grant agreement. This Notice of Funding Opportunity invites proposals solely for the development of the online platform. The purpose of the online platform is to actively engage listeners of the radio programs by providing audiences with opportunities for continued English language learning and assessment. Project development and planning should begin within one week of the receipt of audio files containing the radio programs. The online content, ideally should be ready when the radio scripts are ready to be broadcast. Some coordination with our partner radio Station and the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section will be necessary to confirm the exact timeline. Content for the online platform will be supplied by the Public Affairs Section. The online platform will provide interactive assessments for uses and real-time data collection for formative assessment by the Public Affairs Section. Product Description The Sudanese Folktale Project is a series of 21 short radio plays based on Sudanese folktales translated into English. The radio plays are designed to help English language learners improve their ability to comprehend English, primarily spoken English. Each radio play is 5-12 minutes long. These radio plays are being recorded in Khartoum, Sudan. Audio files of the radio plays will be supplied to the online developer. . The online developer is responsible for naming the files in a way that is compatible for production. Online functionality After learners listen to each radio play, we want them to go online and complete comprehension questions to assess how much they understood. Therefore, we are writing manuscripts of comprehension activities that can be turned into digital interactions. Each folktale will have 15 comprehension questions. We think the questions should appear one-by-one on a mobile device. The awardee/online developer should outline the best platform for presenting the online content for the intended Sudanese audience. The online developer will be provided text content, developed by English language teaching experts, the online developer will create the most engaging format to present them interactively and for users to track their progress, as well as allow PAS Khartoum to see the results in aggregate. The text content will follow these patterns: 1 A learner is using his phone and logs in to his account. They select the name of the folktale he listened to on the radio. 2 They select the quiz for that folktale and see one question at a time appear on screen. 3 They answers the question, click “next”, answers a question, and so on until all 15 items are complete. 4 The learner then sees their score as the number correct (8/15). 5 The data is collected and saved. The next time the learner logs in and takes the same quiz, they should see the score as the new number correct (11/15) and the data for both scores should be saved. We want to be able to assess improvement. Online interactive activities The manuscript of the online comprehension quizzes will be supplied to the digital producer by U.S. Embassy Khartoum. The manuscript will be written in MS Word with no formatting unless otherwise requested. The Digital Producer is responsible for naming the files in a way that is compatible for production purposes. A set number of interaction item types will be used and answers will be indicated in the manuscript. Normally, the digital producer and content writer would agree on the item types, but the content will be written first and the digital production will come at a later date. Therefore, only widely-used interaction types are being proposed for the content of the quizzes. Proposed interaction types: Multiple choice: text prompt / text answers with vertical radio buttons Multiple choice: audio prompt / text answers with vertical radio buttons One prompt with up to four answer choices. The answer choices are arranged as words, phrases, or sentences that appear vertically under the prompt. Multiple choice: text prompt / audio answers with vertical radio buttons One prompt with up to four answer choices. The answer choices are arranged as words, phrases, or sentences that appear vertically under the prompt. Drop down menu: text prompt / text answer choices in drop down menu One prompt appears with up to six answers in a drop down menu. Click to match: text prompt / text answers Two sets of texts are shown. An item in wordpool 1 is clicked. It is matched by clicking an item in wordpool 2. Type in answer: text prompt / type in answer A text prompt appears. The learner types in a letter or word. This item type will be used only for short answers to avoid the burden of typing long strings – it’s hard to match to keyed answers. Order the sentences: text prompts / type in numbers to order the sentences A series of sentences appear vertically. Users type in numbers to place the sentences in the correct order. If this can be done as a drag and drop interaction, that’s better, but I don’t think this is easy or possible to do on a phone. Online Non-Interactive material Each folktale will have a list of vocabulary for the episode. This is not interactive. It is merely a static list of words that learners can refer to – a handy reference. The vocabulary lists will be supplied as MS Word documents unless requested in a different format. Supplied to the Online Developer 21 radio play audio files in a common audio format. The finished audio files will be sent to the digital producer in the format the digital producer requires. The digital producer must communicate the required format to U.S. Embassy Khartoum. One audio file per folktale episode. 21 transcripts of the radio plays in MS Word or other format as needed. One transcript per folktale episode. 21 manuscripts of digital interaction quizzes. 15 items per folktale for a total of 315 items. 21 vocabulary lists in MS Word or other format as needed. One vocabulary list per folktale episode. Audio assets that are used with the digital interaction quizzes. It is possible that we will need separate recordings of the audio files needed for the interactive quizzes. The estimate is 5 audio files per folktale for a total of 105 audio assets. This notice is subject to availability of funding. Funding Instrument Type: Fixed Amount Award Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in six months or less. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION Address to Request Application Package: [email protected] Application forms required below are available at: grants.gov Content and Form of Application Submission Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible. Content of Application Please ensure: The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity All documents are in English All budgets are in U.S. dollars All pages are numbered All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins. The following documents are required: 1. Mandatory application forms SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance ) at: at: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms/sample/SF424_2_1-V2.1.pdf SF424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs) at: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms/sample/SF424A-V1.0.pdf SF424B (Assurances for Non-Construction programs) at: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms/sample/SF424B-V1.1.pdf 2. Summary Page: Cover sheet stating the applicant name and organization, proposal date, program title, program period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the program. 3. Proposal (30 pages maximum): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. You may use your own proposal format, but it must include all the items below. Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact. Introduction to the Organization or Individual applying: A description of past and present operations, showing ability to carry out the program, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies. Problem Statement: Clear, concise and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed program is needed Program Goals and Objectives: The “goals” describe what the program is intended to achieve. The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable. Program Activities: Describe the program activities and how they will help achieve the objectives. Program Methods and Design: A description of how the program is expected to work to solve the stated problem and achieve the goal. Include a logic model as appropriate. Proposed Program Schedule and Timeline: The proposed timeline for the program activities. Include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events. Key Personnel: Names, titles, roles and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the program. What proportion of their time will be used in support of this program? Program Partners: List the names and type of involvement of key partner organizations and sub-awardees. Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the time-frame of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant? Future Funding or Sustainability Applicant’s plan for continuing the program beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable. 4. Budget Justification Narrative: After filling out the SF-424A Budget (above), use a separate sheet of paper to describe each of the budget expenses in detail. .Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding. 5. Attachments : 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program Letters of support from program partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner If your organization has a NICRA and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov) Required Registrations: Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award. All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included. All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations. All are free of charge: Unique entity identifier from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number) NCAGE/CAGE code www.SAM.gov registration Step 1: Apply for a DUNS number and an NCAGE number (these can be completed simultaneously) DUNS application: Organizations must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet. If your organization does not have one already, you may obtain one by calling 1-866-705-5711 or visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform NCAGE application: Application page here: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx Instructions for the NCAGE application process: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/Docs/US%20Instructions%20for%20NSPA%20NCAGE.pdf Step 2: After receiving the NCAGE Code, proceed to register in SAM.gov by logging onto: https://www.sam.gov. SAM registration must be renewed annually. Submission Dates and Times Applications are due no later than July 17, 2020 Funding Restrictions N/A Other Submission Requirements All application materials must be submitted by email to [email protected] Payment Method: Payment will be made by electronic funds transfer as a Fixed Amount Award
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