Featured EFRI achievements
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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.
EFRI researcher Rakesh Agrawal of Purdue University was honored as a National Medal of Technology and Innovation laureate by President Obama.
In the Media
"Origami engineering could be the next big thing in manufacturing,” says PRiSM, the magazine of the American Society for Engineering Education. A cover story in January 2013 featured researchers funded by EFRI under its Origami Design for Integration of Self-assembling Systems for Engineering Innovation (ODISSEI) program. Origami has moved from a hobby to scientific research with the potential to develop minimally invasive surgical aids, highly efficient solar energy panels and powerful space telescopes that fit into a small payload.