Featured EFRI achievements
Welcome to EFRI
The Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) strives to keep the nation at the forefront of engineering discoveries. A part of the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF), EFRI serves a critical role in pursuing timely investments in creative ideas that can push engineering research beyond its apparent limits.
President Barack Obama awarded the U.S. government’s highest honor for science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers to EFRI researcher Sridevi Sarma of Johns Hopkins University. The award recognized Dr. Sarma’s work toward transforming the control of electrical deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, and for innovative educational and outreach activities.
In the Media
A new technology that one day might enable IKEA bookcases to assemble themselves from flat shipping boxes was recently featured in The Denver Post. The newspaper reported on EFRI-funded research into how high-tech materials used in 3D printers can incorporate “shape memory” that later can enable the object to fold into a desired shape—what is called “4D printing” by the research team led by H. Jerry Qi of the University of Colorado-Boulder.
The Boulder Daily Camera described an outreach program at the University of Colorado’s Sustainable Housing Project led by John Zhai. The program welcomed students and mentors from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana and the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota to learn sustainable building techniques that can be used for generations on the reservations.