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Sohi Rastegar, (703) 292-8305

Garie Fordyce, (703) 292-4603

Rosemarie Wesson, (703) 292-7070

Anupama B. Kaul, (703) 292-8153

Sumanta Acharya, (703) 292-7494

Bruce M. Kramer, (703) 292-5348

Benaiah Schrag, (703) 292-8323

Keith Roper, (703) 292-8769

Charles Ying, (703) 292-8428

Laren Tolbert, (703) 292-4901

The following Program Officers may also be contacted for content specific questions on the EFRI 2014 topic:

  • Anupama B Kaul, (Topic Coordinator), NSF/ENG/ECCS, telephone: (703) 292-8153, email: 

  • Sumanta Acharya, Program Director, NSF/ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-7494, email: 

  • Bruce M Kramer, Program Director, NSF/ENG/CMMI, telephone: (703) 292-5348, email: 

  • Benaiah Schrag, Program Director, NSF/ENG/IIP, telephone: (703) 292-8323, email: 

  • Charles Ying, Program Director, NSF/MPS/DMR, telephone: (703) 292-8428, email: 

  • Laren Tolbert, Program Director, NSF/MPS/CHE, telephone: (703) 292-4901, email:

  • Keith Roper, Program Director, ENG/EEC, telephone: (703) 292-8769, email:


Solicitation 13-583

Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.

The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation has established the Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) to serve a critical role in focusing on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research.  For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following research area:

Two-Dimensional Atomic-layer Research and Engineering (2-DARE)

This solicitation is coordinated with the Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences within NSF.  Additionally, interest within other Federal agencies, specifically Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), may lead to an interagency effort.   Submitted proposals may be shared with interested representatives from AFOSR.

EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge.  The proposals must also meet the detailed requirements delineated in this solicitation.

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