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Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities

EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (EFRI): Distributed Chemical Manufacturing (DCheM) and Engineering the Elimination of End-of-Life Plastics (E3P)  (EFRI-2020)

Name Email Phone Room
Sohi  Rastegar (703) 292-8305   
Louise  R. Howe (703) 292-2548   
TOPIC  1 (703) 292-2894   
Triantafillos  J. Mountziaris (703) 292-2894   
Carole  J. Read (703) 292-2418   
Robert  McCabe (703) 292-4826   
William  Olbricht 703-292-4842   
Karl  J. Rockne 703-292-5356   
Khershed  P. Cooper (703) 292-7017   
Brigid  A. Mullany (703) 292-4453   
TOPIC  2 (703) 292-2895   
Christina  Payne (703) 292-2895   
Bruce  K. Hamilton (703) 292-9054   
William  Olbricht 703-292-4842   
Steven  W. Peretti (703) 292-7029   
Khershed  P. Cooper (703) 292-7017   
David  Rockcliffe (703) 292-7123   
Suk-Wah  Tam-Chang (703) 292-8684   


Solicitation  19-599

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25, 2019. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 19-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Letter of Intent Deadline Date

    November 4, 2019

        LOI due date

Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date

    December 2, 2019

        Preliminary Proposal Due Date

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    March 26, 2020

        Full Proposal Due Date


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 one of the following two research areas:

·       Distributed Chemical Manufacturing (DCheM)
·       Engineering the Elimination of End-of-Life Plastics  (E3P)           

This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Biological Sciences, the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.

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.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) Office will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 1:00pm Eastern to discuss the EFRI program and answer questions about the FY 2020 solicitation. Details on how to join this webinar will be posted on the EFMA website.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program