DCL for Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovations (EFRI)

EFRI is seeking challenging ideas from the research community for their next solicitation. Suggestions for EFRI Topic Ideas are currently solicited and vetted every two years, and those selected topic(s) become the focus of research supported by the EFRI Program. This DCL is not a request for submission of a single research proposal idea; rather, it is designed to solicit submission of emerging topic areas of potentially transformative research and innovation. Candidate topic ideas, including a 500-word description, may be submitted here.

The EFRI Program aims to focus the engineering community on important emerging areas in a timely manner. EFRI evaluates, recommends, and funds interdisciplinary initiatives at the emerging frontiers of engineering research and innovation. These transformative opportunities may lead to: new research directions; new industries or capabilities that result in a leadership position for the country; and/or significant progress on a recognized national or societal need, or grand challenge. The EFRI Program is the signature activity of the Office of Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) in the Directorate for Engineering. Through this DCL, the NSF EFRI team is providing a direct opportunity for the research community to offer input on potential topic ideas for FY 2022, by inviting the community to submit emerging frontier Topic Idea suggestions for consideration. This opportunity is open to all disciplines, but topic ideas should have engineering research at their core.

The deadline for topic idea submission is: October 30, 2020. Click here for more info and to read the full DCL.

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