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Sohi  Rastegar (703) 292-8305   
Kerstin  Mukerji (703) 292-5390   
TOPIC  1: (703) 292-8339   
Dominique  Dagenais (703) 292-2980   
Mahmoud  Fallahi (703) 292-4555   
Peter  Atherton (703) 292-8772   
Almadena  Y. Chtchelkanova (703) 292-8910   
Charles  C. Ying (703) 292-8428   
Alex  Cronin (703) 292-5302   
TOPIC  2: (703) 292-7060   
Kara  Peters (703) 292-7060   
Dimitri  Pavlidis (703) 292-2216   
Jordan  M. Berg (703) 292-5365   
Lora  Billings (703) 292-8039   

The following topic coordinators may also be contacted for content specific questions on the EFRI 2017 topics:

  • TOPIC 1:, Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE), Dominique Dagenais, telephone: (703) 292-8339, email: 

  • TOPIC 2:, New Light, EM (Electronic) and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry (NewLAW), Kara Peters, telephone: (703) 292-7060, email:



Solicitation  16-612

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.


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:

  • Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE)
  • New Light, EM (Electronic) and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry (NewLAW)

This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), within NSF. 

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.

INFORMATION WEBCAST: The Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) Office held an informational workshop on October 23, 2015 to discuss the EFRI program and answer questions about the FY 2016 ACQUIRE and NewLAW solicitation. Click here to view slides.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program