Discovery Research PreK-12
National Science Foundation (NSF)Suggest an update
Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $5,000,000
Next deadline: Nov 18, 2019
Later deadlines: Nov 11, 2020, Nov 10, 2021, Nov 9, 2022, Nov 8, 2023
Applicant type: Organizations
Funding uses: Research
Location of project: United States
Location of residency: United StatesView website Save Need help writing this grant?
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:
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:
- Design and Development,
- Implementation and Improvement, and
- Conferences and Syntheses.
All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.
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