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Directorate for Education & Human Resources

Discovery Research PreK-12  (DRK-12)

Name Email Phone Room
Inquiries can be  made to (703) 292-8620   
David  B. Campbell (703) 292-5093   
Julia  V. Clark (703) 292-5119   
Arlene  de Strulle (703) 292-5117  STEM+C  
Catherine  . Eberbach (703) 292-4960   
Michael  Ford (703) 292-5153   
David  L. Haury (703) 292-8614   
Margret  . Hjalmarson (703) 292-4313   
Karen  . King (703) 292-5124   
Julio  E. Lopez-Ferrao (703) 292-5183   
Robert  Ochsendorf (703) 292-2760   
Joseph  Reed (703) 292-5187   
Ferdinand  D. Rivera (703) 292-8620   
Robert  Ronau (703) 292-5089   
Monya  A. Ruffin (703) 292-4635   
Robert  Russell (703) 292-2995   
Joan  M. Walker (703) 292-7016   


Solicitation  17-584

Important Information for Proposers

ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    November 14, 2018

    Second Wednesday in November, Annually Thereafter


The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (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.

The DRK-12 program 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 and interdependence among them. However, proposals 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 six types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, (5) Syntheses, and (6) Conferences. All six types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program