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Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities

EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (EFRI): Chromatin and Epigenetic Engineering (CEE) and Continuum, Compliant, and Configurable Soft Robotics Engineering (C3 SoRo)  (EFRI-2019)

Name Email Phone Room
Sohi  Rastegar (703) 292-8305   
Garie  A. Fordyce (703) 937-7917   
TOPIC  1 (703) 292-7942   
Leon  Esterowitz (703) 292-7942   
Louise  R. Howe (703) 292-2548   
Karen  C. Cone (703) 292-4967   
Manju  Hingorani (703) 292-7323   
Eric  Lyons (703) 292-2282   
Shubhra  Gangopadhyay (703) 292-2485   
TOPIC  2 (703) 292-5365   
Jordan  M. Berg (703) 292-5365   
Usha  Varshney (703) 292-8339   
Siddiq  Qidwai (703) 292-2211   
David  Miller (703) 292-8930   


Solicitation  19-502

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.


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:

  • Chromatin and Epigenetic Engineering (CEE)
  • Continuum, Compliant, and Configurable Soft Robotics Engineering (C3 SoRo)             

This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).

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: Further information about the EFRI program may be obtained by viewing the slides from the FY18 EFRI informational webinar. Please click here to view the FY18 slides.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program