EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (EFRI): Distributed Chemical Manufacturing (DCheM) and Engineering the Elimination of End-of-Life Plastics (E3P)  (EFRI-2021)


The Directorate for Engineering offered an office hour on Monday, November 9 to discuss the FY 2021 solicitation for Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (NSF 20-614).

Program Directors described the EFRI program, reviewed the two topics described in the solicitation, and provided a forum to receive and answer questions.

Watch the recording of the EFRI Office Hour and see the EFRI slides.

Name Email Phone Room
Sohi  Rastegar srastega@nsf.gov (703) 292-8305   
Alias  Smith alismith@nsf.gov (703) 292-8367   
TOPIC  1 radomait@nsf.gov (703)292-2894   
Raymond  A. Adomaitis radomait@nsf.gov (703)292-7519   
Carole  J. Read cread@nsf.gov (703) 292-2418   
Robert  McCabe RMCCABE@nsf.gov (703) 292-4826   
William  Olbricht wolbrich@nsf.gov 703-292-4842   
Karl  J. Rockne krockne@nsf.gov 703-292-5356   
Christina  Payne cpayne@nsf.gov (703) 292-2895   
Ying  Sun yisun@nsf.gov 703-292-7443   
Thomas  Kuech tkuech@nsf.gov 703-292-2218   
TOPIC  2 cpayne@nsf.gov (703)292-2895   
Christina  Payne cpayne@nsf.gov 703-292-2895   
Bruce  K. Hamilton bhamilto@nsf.gov (703)292-9054   
Catherine  Walker cawalker@nsf.gov (703) 292-7125   
Steven  W. Peretti speretti@nsf.gov (703) 292-7029   
Khershed  P. Cooper khcooper@nsf.gov (703) 292-7017   
David  Rockcliffe drockcli@nsf.gov (703) 292-7123   
Suk-Wah  Tam-Chang stamchan@nsf.gov (703) 292-8684   


Solicitation  20-614

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 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:

  • 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 potentially 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 FY20 EFRI informational webinar. Please click here to view the FY20 slides.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program