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Discovery Research PreK-12  (DRK-12)

Name Email Phone Room
Inquiries can  be made to (703)292-8620   
David  Campbell (703) 292-5093   
Julia  Clark (703) 292-5119   
Michael  Ford (703) 292-5153   
David  L. Haury (703) 292-5102   
Margret  Hjalmarson (703) 292-4313   
Karen  King (703) 292-5124   
Rebecca  Kruse (703) 292-4211   
Julio  Lopez-Ferrao (703) 292-5183   
H.  T. Martin (703) 292-7016   
Joseph  Reed (703) 292-5187   
Ferdinand  Rivera (703) 292-4960   
Robert  Russell (703) 292-2995   


Solicitation  15-592

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    December 5, 2016

    First Monday in December, Annually Thereafter

    December 4, 2017

    First Monday in December, Annually Thereafter


The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by PreK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.

DRK-12 invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK 12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching.  The program recognizes the synergy among the three strands and that there is some overlap among them. However, PIs should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts (i.e., assessment, learning, or teaching) consistent with the proposal’s main objectives and research questions. The program supports five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses.  All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 strands.

A searchable database of the DR K-12 portfolio is available at


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program