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Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities

Garie Fordyce, (703) 292-4603

Sohi Rastegar, (703) 292-8305

TOPIC 1:, (703) 292-8339

Dominique Dagenais, (703) 292-2980

Mahmoud Fallahi, (703) 292-4555

Peter  . Atherton, (703) 292-8772

Almadena Y. Chtchelkanova, (703) 292-8910

Ann Orel, (703) 292-2163

Charles C. Ying, (703) 292-8428

TOPIC 2:, (703) 292-2443

Massimo Ruzzene, (703) 292-2443

Jordan M. Berg, (703) 292-5365

Dimitri Pavlidis, (703) 292-2216

Lora Billings, (703) 292-8039

Tomasz Durakiewicz, (703) 292-4892

The following topic coordinators may also be contacted for content specific questions on the EFRI 2016 topics:

  • TOPIC 1:, Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE), Dominique Dagenais, telephone: (703) 292-8339, email: 

  • TOPIC 2:, New Light and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry (NewLAW), Massimo Ruzzene, telephone: (703) 292-2443, email:

Solicitation 16-502

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program of the NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) serves a critical role in helping ENG focus 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 two research areas:

  • Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE)
  • New Light and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry (NewLAW)

This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), within NSF. 

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.

INFORMATION WEBCAST: The Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) Office will hold an information workshop on October 23, 2015 to discuss the EFRI program and answer questions about this solicitation. Details will be posted on the EFMA website (

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