Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA)

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


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