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Name Dir/Div Name Dir/Div
Sonia  Ortega   Richard  McCourt  

Members of the NSF-wide GK-12 Committee represent their respective NSF organizations. They contribute funds as well as intellectual and labor capital to the program. In addition to the GK-12 staff, members of the GK-12 committee are:

o Renee D. Crain, Office of Polar Programs

o Fahmida N. Chowdhury, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

o Dean Evasius, Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences

o Daniel Mook, Office of International Science and Engineering

o Sally E. O'Connor, Directorate for Biological Sciences

o Celestine H. Pea, Directorate for Education and Human Resources

o Mary F. Poats, Directorate for Engineering

o Elizabeth L. Rom, Directorate for Geosciences

o Uma Venkateswaran, Office of Experimental Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research(EPSCoR)

o Maria Zemankova, Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to the GK-12 staff at


Solicitation  09-549

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




This program provides funding for graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to bring their leading research practice and findings into K-12 learning settings. Through collaborations with other graduate fellows and faculty from STEM disciplines, teachers and students in K-12 environments, and community partners, graduate students can gain a deeper understanding of their own research and place it within a societal and global context. The GK-12 program provides an opportunity for graduate students to acquire value-added skills, such as communicating STEM subjects to technical and non-technical audiences, leadership, team building, and teaching while enriching STEM learning and instruction in K-12 settings. This unique experience will add value to the training of U.S. graduate students and will energize and prepare the students for a broad range of STEM careers in a competitive globalized marketplace. Furthermore, the GK-12 program provides institutions of higher education with an opportunity to transform the conventional graduate education by infusing and sustaining GK-12 like activities in their graduate programs.

Expected outcomes include:

1)  For graduate fellows

Enhanced understanding of their own research subject area, and its societal and global contexts; improved communication skills of STEM subjects with technical and non-technical audiences, leadership, team building, and teaching capabilities.

2)  For K-12 education

Professional development opportunities for teachers in both STEM content and pedagogy; and enhanced learning and STEM career interest for students.

3) For institutions of higher education

Transformation of graduate programs; strengthened and sustained partnerships with local school districts, industry, non-profit sector, etc.; and enhanced institutional impact of graduate education to society.

GK-12 Program and Project Information

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program