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SFOP0003963, 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Summit – U.S. Department of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Slots:                                                     1             

Internal Deadline:                           Contact Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        N/A

External Deadline:                          April 16, 2018

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant – Initial

Estimated Number of Awards: 1 award (dependent on amounts)

Anticipated Amount: Awards may range from a minimum of $500,000 to a maximum of $600,000

Total possible funding level, contingent on funds availability: $600,000

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


Materials to submit:


Link to Award:                         

Who May Serve as PI:                    Any prospective nominee for this limited submission must verify that they are NOT listed on the Excluded Parties List System 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.” All applicants must review the Excluded Parties List System in SAM to ensure that no ineligible applicant is included.


The U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for proposals to design, plan, and implement the 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit, contingent on the availability of funds. The three-day Summit, to be held in Singapore in early December 2018, will gather approximately 150 participants aged 18-35 around the theme “The United States and ASEAN: Partners in Growth and Innovation.” The 2018 Summit, which marks YSEALI’s fifth anniversary, will showcase innovative approaches to economic cooperation and growth by U.S. companies, organizations, and institutions present in ASEAN and allow young innovators and entrepreneurs from both the United States and ASEAN to connect with each other and with participating experts. Throughout the Summit, participants will showcase projects, receive mentorship, explore opportunities to expand their work, exchange ideas on how to foster economic growth in their communities, and find avenues for stronger economic cooperation between the United States and ASEAN.

Priority Region: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

 Project Objectives:

The 2018 YSEALI Summit will showcase innovative approaches to economic cooperation and growth by U.S. companies, organizations, and institutions in ASEAN. It will connect (a) top performing alumni of YSEALI programs and young American entrepreneurs/innovators with a strong interest in Southeast Asia to (b) U.S. companies and institutions present in ASEAN countries. The Summit will also provide a forum for participants to discuss and propose innovative approaches to fostering economic growth and strengthening partnerships between the

U.S. and ASEAN. During the Summit, participants will learn about the entrepreneurship, investment, and innovation environment in ASEAN from U.S. companies and institutions on the ground in Southeast Asia, and how their projects can be a part of the U.S.-ASEAN economic ecosystem. Above all, it is an opportunity for participants to showcase projects, exchange ideas, network, and champion new opportunities for U.S.-ASEAN partnership and investment.

Content of the 2018 YSEALI Summit may include:

The three-day Summit may include a mix of information sessions, panels, mentoring opportunities, and skills training to be led by experts from Singapore, other ASEAN nations, and the United States. These experts should have connections to U.S. companies and institutions in ASEAN. The Summit may also give participants an opportunity to showcase their projects to potential partners and investors (with a “gallery walk” or similar activity). Additionally, the program may offer opportunities to build camaraderie between participants through networking events, site visits, and a community service project.

The Summit should include a grants competition to award small grants to outstanding projects designed by participants to be implemented over nine months following the summit. The Recipient should also responsibly oversee the chosen grants’ design and implementation, and monitor and report to the Department on the progress of the grant(s).

The Recipient shall develop robust private sector partnerships to ensure the highest caliber private sector participation possible through expert presentations, mentors, training, site visits, and possibly internship offers. Private sector partners and institutions chosen to partner with the Summit should be cutting edge, have a reputation for innovation, and take part in or support corporate social responsibility programs that correspond to YSEALI pillars, values, and interests. Proposals will be evaluated on the quality, innovation, and logical continuity of the proposed partnerships/sponsorships with the Summit’s theme. All partnerships will be subject to approval by the U.S. Department of State.

Finally, the Recipient shall schedule the event at a mutually agreed upon date and location in Singapore; manage the online application and selection process; develop the agenda and content for the Summit; recruit speakers, mentors, and facilitators; manage all travel logistics for participants, speakers, mentors, and facilitators; generate content for traditional and social media distribution, and measure program results.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.