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Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2021

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 24-508 for the latest version.

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.

Synopsis

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.

Program contacts

The following Program Officers may also be contacted for content-specific questions on the EFRI 2021 topics.

TOPIC 1: Distributed Chemical Manufacturing (DCheM),

  • Topic Coordinator: Raymond Adomaitis, Program Director, ENG/CBET,  email: radomait@nsf.gov
  • Robert McCabe, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-4826, email: rmccabe@nsf.gov
  • Carole Read, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-2418, email: cread@nsf.gov
  • Christina M. Payne, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-2895, email: cpayne@nsf.gov
  • Catherine Walker, Associate Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-7125, email: cawalker@nsf.gov
  • Steven Peretti, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-7029, email: speretti@nsf.gov
  • William Olbricht, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-4842, email: wolbrich@nsf.gov
  • Karl Rockne, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-5356, email: krockne@nsf.gov
  • Bruce Hamilton, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-7066, email: bhamilto@nsf.gov
  • Nora Savage, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-7949, email: nosavage@nsf.gov
  • Shahab Shojaei-Zadeh, Associate Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-8045, email: sshojaei@nsf.gov
  • Ying Sun, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: 703-292-7443, email: yisun@nsf.gov
  • Thomas Kuech, Program Director, ENG/CMMI, telephone: (703) 292-2218, email: tkuech@nsf.gov
  • Bruce Kramer, Program Director, ENG/CMMI, telephone: (703) 292-5348, email: bkramer@nsf.gov
  • Alexis Lewis, Program Director, ENG/CMMI, telephone: (703) 292-2624, email: alewis@nsf.gov
  • Anthony Kuh, Program Director, ENG/ECCS, telephone: (703) 292-2210, email: akuh@nsf.gov
  • John N. Parker, Program Director, SBE/SES, telephone: (703) 292-5034, email: joparker@nsf.gov
  • Kenneth Moloy, Program Director, MPS/CHE, telephone: (703) 292-8441, email: kmoloy@nsf.gov
  • Vyacheslav Lukin, Program Director, MPS/PHY, telephone: (703) 292-7382, email: vlukin@nsf.gov
  • Melissa Klembara, Technology Manager, US DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office, email: melissa.klembara@ee.doe.gov

TOPIC 2: Engineering the Elimination of End-of-Life Plastics (E3P),

  • Topic Coordinator: Christina M. Payne, telephone: (703) 292-2895, email: cpayne@nsf.gov
  • Bruce K. Hamilton, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-9054, email: bhamilto@nsf.gov
  • Raymond Adomaitis, Program Director, ENG/CBET,  email: radomait@nsf.gov
  • Steven W. Peretti, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-7029, email: speretti@nsf.gov
  • Carole J. Read, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-2418, email: cread@nsf.gov
  • Karl J. Rockne, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-5356, email: krockne@nsf.gov
  • Nora F. Savage, Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-7949, email: nosavage@nsf.gov
  • Catherine Walker, Associate Program Director, ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-7125, email: cawalker@nsf.gov
  • Khershed P. Cooper, Program Director, ENG/CMMI, telephone: (703) 292-7017, email: khcooper@nsf.gov
  • David Rockcliffe, Program Director, BIO/MCB, telephone: (703) 292-7123, email: drockcli@nsf.gov
  • Anne-Marie Schmoltner, Program Director, MPS/CHE, telephone: (703) 292-4716, email: aschmolt@nsf.gov
  • Suk-Wah Tam-Chang, Program Director, MPS/CHE, telephone: (703) 292-8684, email: stamchan@nsf.gov
  • Andy Lovinger, Program Director, MPS/DMR, telephone: (703) 292-4933, email: alovinge@nsf.gov
  • Melissa Klembara, Technology Manager, US DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office, email: melissa.klembara@ee.doe.gov
  • Kathryn Peretti, Technology Manager, US DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office, email: Kathryn.peretti@ee.doe.gov
  • Jay Fitzgerald, Technology Manager, US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, email: jay.fitzgerald@ee.doe.gov
  • Gayle Bentley, Technology Manager, US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, email: gayle.bentley@ee.doe.gov
  • Kathryn L. Beers, Group Leader, NIST, email: kathryn.beers@nist.gov
Sohi Rastegar
Office Head
srastega@nsf.gov (703) 292-8305 ENG/OAD
Alias Smith
Program Manager
alismith@nsf.gov (703) 292-8367 ENG/EFMA
TOPIC 1
Distributed Chemical Manufacturing (DCheM) - Program Coordinator
radomait@nsf.gov (703)292-2894 ENG/EFMA
Raymond A. Adomaitis
Program Director
radomait@nsf.gov (703)292-7519 ENG/CBET
Carole J. Read
Program Director
cread@nsf.gov (703) 292-2418 ENG/IIP
Robert McCabe
Program Director
RMCCABE@nsf.gov (703) 292-4826 ENG/CBET
William Olbricht
Program Director
wolbrich@nsf.gov 703-292-4842
Karl J. Rockne
Program Director
krockne@nsf.gov 703-292-5356
Christina Payne
Program Director
cpayne@nsf.gov (703) 292-2895 ENG/CBET
Ying Sun
Program Director
yisun@nsf.gov 703-292-7443
Thomas Kuech
Program Director
tkuech@nsf.gov 703-292-2218
TOPIC 2
Engineering the Elimination of End-of-Life Plastics (E3P) - Program Coordinator
cpayne@nsf.gov (703)292-2895
Christina Payne
Program Director
cpayne@nsf.gov 703-292-2895
Bruce K. Hamilton
Program Director
bhamilto@nsf.gov (703)292-9054 ENG/CBET
Catherine Walker
Associate Program Director
cawalker@nsf.gov (703) 292-7125 ENG/CBET
Steven W. Peretti
Program Director
speretti@nsf.gov (703) 292-7029 ENG/CBET
Khershed P. Cooper
Program Director
khcooper@nsf.gov (703) 292-7017 OD/OISE
David Rockcliffe
Program Director
drockcli@nsf.gov (703) 292-7123 BIO/MCB
Suk-Wah Tam-Chang
Program Director
stamchan@nsf.gov (703) 292-8684 MPS/CHE

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