• Proposal: 03/01/2020


  • Amount: Up to $300,000
  • Duration: Up to 2 years


To be considered for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2020, supplemental funding requests and EAGER proposals must be submitted by March 1, 2020, but earlier submissions are encouraged.

Dear Colleagues:

Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) together with the Department of State’s Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs wishes to notify the U.S. community of its intention to support the following high-impact research-transition funding requests aligned with the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership:

  • Supplemental funding requests for active awards funded by the NSF Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) programs; and
  • Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals exploring early-stage, untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches building on prior success in activities related to smart and connected communities and/or transitioning to practice research that is relevant to communities.

S&CC research integrates social and technological dimensions and is targeted at one or more communities. While S&CC research may eventually yield successful outcomes in the targeted communities, when initially applied to new environments and cultural contexts, new challenges will emerge. Such challenges introduce an element of high risk where the solutions have a corresponding potential for high impact in improving quality of life. Through this DCL, NSF is specifically announcing its intention to support such activities, where the “new environment” is within the ASEAN region.

Both supplemental funding requests and EAGER proposals are for PIs or project teams that have demonstrated success or potential for success in their outcomes to date. These activities must also involve high-impact research and advance smart and connected communities in one of the ASEAN cities listed below, which are part of the ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership.

Country Eligible Cities
Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan
Cambodia Battambang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
Indonesia Makassar, Banyuwangi, Jakarta
Laos Luang Prabang, Vientiane
Malaysia Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching
Myanmar Naypyitaw, Mandalay, Yangon
Philippines Cebu City, Davao City, Manila
Singapore Singapore
Thailand Bangkok, Chonburi, Phuket
Vietnam Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City


For specific areas of interest within each of the above cities, see the ASEAN smart cities plans compiled by each city: Note that activities in Cambodia must involve education or the environment.

Proposals must discuss active transitioning of the research into one of the indicated ASEAN cities working together with representatives from that city. Proposals that do not incorporate at least one of the eligible ASEAN cities will be returned without review.

Contact Information

PIs interested in submitting supplemental funding requests and EAGER proposals responsive to this DCL (or with other questions pertaining to this DCL) are strongly encouraged to contact one of the following NSF/CISE program directors prior to submitting:

  • David Corman, Program Director, CISE/CNS, telephone: (703) 292-8754, email:;
  • Sandip Roy, Program Director, CISE/CNS, telephone: (703) 292-7096, email:;
  • Ralph Wachter, Program Director, CISE/CNS, telephone: (703) 292-8950, email: