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Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities

Sohi Rastegar, (703) 292-8305

Kerstin Mukerji, (703) 292-5390

TOPIC 1, (703) 292-7942

Leon Esterowitz, (703) 292-7942

Louise R. Howe, (703) 292-2548

Shubhra Gangopadhyay, (703) 292-2485

Karen C. Cone, (703) 292-4967

Anne W. Sylvester, (703) 292-7168

Mitra Basu, (703) 292-8649

TOPIC 2, (703) 292-5365

Jordan M. Berg, (703) 292-5365

Atul Kelkar, (703) 292-2162

Siddiq Qidwai, (703) 292-2211

Usha Varshney, (703) 292-8339

Reid G. Simmons, (703) 292-4767

The following topic coordinators may also be contacted for content specific questions on the EFRI 2018 topics:

  • TOPIC 1: Chromatin and Epigenetic Engineering (CEE), Leon Esterowitz, telephone: (703) 292-7942, email: 

  • TOPIC 2: Engineering Frontiers of Soft Robotics (C3 SoRo), Jordan Berg, telephone: (703) 292-5365, email: 


  • Kenneth Goretta, Program Officer, USAF/AFOSR/GHz-THz Electronics & Materials, (703) 696-7349, email:
  • B.L. (Les) Lee, Program Officer, USAF/AFOSR/Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials & Microsystems, (703) 696-8483, email:
  • Jaimie Tiley, Program Officer, USAF/AFOSR/Multi-scale Structural Mechanics & Prognosis, (703) 696-8427, email:


Solicitation 17-578

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    Fri Feb 23 00:00:00 EST 2018

Letter of Intent Deadline Date

    Fri Sep 29 00:00:00 EDT 2017

Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date

    Wed Oct 25 00:00:00 EDT 2017

The deadline for Letters of Intent (LOIs) to the EFRI FY2018 solicitation is September 29, 2017. An LOI is required in order to submit an EFRI FY2018 Preliminary Proposal. The deadline for Preliminary Proposal submission is October 25, 2017. The Full Proposal deadline is February 23, 2018.

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.

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