Deadline: November 14, 2018

Agency/Sponsor: National Science Foundation


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 should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. 

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. Proposals should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts 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.

Awards and Project Periods:

  1. Level I- up to $450,000 for a duration of 3 years
  2. Level II- up to $3,000,000 with a duration of 4 years
  3. Level III- up to $5,000,000 for a duration of 5 years
  4. Synthesis- up to $300,000 for a duration of 2 years
  5. Conference- up to $100,000 and a duration of 1 year
  6. Resource Center- 1 award will be made up to $3,500,000 for a duration of 3 years

The level of funding for the proposal should align with the maturity of the proposed work, the size and scope of the empirical effort, as well as the capacity of the interdisciplinary team to conduct the proposed research.

To see current DRK-12 projects click here.

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