EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (EFRI): Chromatin and Epigenetic Engineering (CEE) and Continuum, Compliant, and Configurable Soft Robotics Engineering (C3 SoRo)  (EFRI-2018)

EFMA to host EFRI FY 2018 Solicitation Informational Webinar

On Thursday, September 7th, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern time, the Office of Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) will host a webinar to discuss the EFRI FY 2018 program solicitation. Learn more and register for the webinar.

Name Email Phone Room
Sohi  Rastegar srastega@nsf.gov (703) 292-8305   
Kerstin  Mukerji kmukerji@nsf.gov (703) 292-5390   
TOPIC  1 lesterow@nsf.gov (703) 292-7942   
Leon  Esterowitz lesterow@nsf.gov (703) 292-7942   
Louise  R. Howe lhowe@nsf.gov (703) 292-2548   
Shubhra  Gangopadhyay sgangopa@nsf.gov (703) 292-2485   
Karen  C. Cone kccone@nsf.gov (703) 292-4967   
Anne  W. Sylvester asylvest@nsf.gov (703) 292-7168   
Mitra  Basu mbasu@nsf.gov (703) 292-8649   
TOPIC  2 jberg@nsf.gov (703) 292-5365   
Jordan  M. Berg jberg@nsf.gov (703) 292-5365   
Atul  Kelkar akelkar@nsf.gov (703) 292-2162   
Siddiq  Qidwai sqidwai@nsf.gov (703) 292-2211   
Usha  Varshney uvarshne@nsf.gov (703) 292-8339   
Reid  G. Simmons resimmon@nsf.gov (703) 292-4767   


Solicitation  17-578

Important Information for Proposers

ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 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:

  • 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.

INFORMATIONAL WEBCAST: The Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) Office will host an informational webinar on September 7th, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST to discuss the EFRI program and answer questions about the FY 2018 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