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Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities



Name Email Phone Room
Dimitris  Pavlidis dpavlidi@nsf.gov (703) 292-2216   
Sohi  Rastegar srastega@nsf.gov (703) 292-8305   
Garie  Fordyce gfordyce@nsf.gov (703) 292-4603   
Bruce  M. Kramer bkramer@nsf.gov (703) 292-5348   
Charles  Ying cying@nsf.gov (703) 292-8428   
Rosemarie  Wesson rwesson@nsf.gov (703) 292-7070   
Keith  Roper kroper@nsf.gov (703) 292-8769   
Timothy  Patten tpatten@nsf.gov (703) 292-7196   
Rajesh  Mehta rmehta@nsf.gov (703) 292-2174   
William  Olbricht wolbrich@nsf.gov (703) 292-2563   

The following Program Officers may also be contacted for content specific questions on the EFRI 2014 topic:

  • Dimitris Pavlidis, (Topic Coordinator), NSF/ENG/ECCS, telephone: (703) 292-2216, email:  dpavlidi@nsf.gov

  • Bruce M Kramer, Program Director, NSF/ENG/CMMI, telephone: (703) 292-5348, email: bkramer@nsf.gov 

  • Charles Ying, Program Director, NSF/MPS/DMR, telephone: (703) 292-8428, email: cying@nsf.gov 

  • Timothy Patten, Program Director, NSF/MPS/CHE, telephone: (703) 292-7196, email: ltolbert@nsf.gov

  • Keith Roper, Program Director, ENG/EEC, telephone: (703) 292-8769, email: mailto:ltolbert@nsf.gov

  • Rajesh Mehta, Program Director, NSF/ENG/IIP, telephone: (703) 292-2174, email: rmehta@nsf.gov

  • William Olbricht, Program Director, NSF/ENG/CBET, telephone: (703) 292-2563, email: wolbrich@nsf.gov


  • Kenneth C. Goretta Program Officer, USAF/AFOSR/GHz-THz Electronics, (703) 696-7349, email: kenneth.goretta@us.af.mil 
  • Joycelyn Harrison, Program Officer, USAF/AFOSR/Low Density Materials, (703) 696-6225, email: joycelyn.harrison@us.af.mil
  • Misoon Y. Mah, Director, USAF/AFOSR/Asian Office of Aerospace Research & Development, +81 (3) 6385-3282, email: misoon.mah@us.af.mil
  • Gernot Pomrenke, Program Officer, USAF/AFOSR/Optoelectronics and Photonics, (703) 696-8426, email: gernot.pomrenke@us.af.mil


Solicitation  15-502

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation has established the Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) to serve a critical role in focusing 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 research area:

Two-Dimensional Atomic-layer Research and Engineering (2-DARE)

This solicitation is coordinated with the Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences within NSF.  Additionally, interest within other Federal agencies, specifically Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), may lead to an interagency effort.   Submitted proposals may be shared with interested representatives from AFOSR.

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.



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