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Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA)

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The Office of Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) strategically supports projects in important emerging areas in a timely manner. Established in fiscal year 2015, the office also provides support to multidisciplinary education programs and facilities.

EFMA has the necessary flexibility to target long-term challenges, while retaining the ability and agility to adapt as new challenges demand.

The signature activity of EFMA is the Emerging Frontiers of Research and Innovation program (EFRI). EFRI investigators pursue cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research with the potential for transformative impacts on national needs and grand challenges.

For more information about EFMA activities and funding opportunities, please visit our website.  

Program contacts

Sohi Rastegar
srastega@nsf.gov (703) 292-5379 ENG/OAD
Louise R. Howe
lhowe@nsf.gov (703) 292-2548 ENG/EFMA
Alias Smith
alismith@nsf.gov (703) 292-8367 ENG/EFMA