Discovery Research PreK-12

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Next deadline: Nov 9, 2022

Later deadlines: Nov 8, 2023

Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $5,000,000

Fields of work: STEM Education

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

Overview:

NOTE: Proposals are due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time at the dates listed above.

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:

  • Assessment;
  • Learning;
  • 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 five types of projects:

  • Exploratory,
  • Design and Development,
  • Impact,
  • Implementation and Improvement, and
  • Conferences and Syntheses.

All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.

See also the related Dear Colleague Letter: Research to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning, and Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities.

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