Discovery Research PreK-12

Monday, July 31, 2017

Program Solicitation

NSF 17-584

Replaces Document(s):
NSF 15-592

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National Science Foundation

Directorate for Education & Human Resources
     Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

November 14, 2017

November 14, 2018

Second Wednesday in November, Annually Thereafter


General Information

Program Title:

Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)

Synopsis of Program:

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 five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses. All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

  • Inquiries can be made to, telephone: (703) 292-8620, email: DRLDRK12 [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • David B. Campbell, telephone: (703) 292-5093, email: dcampbel [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Julia V. Clark, telephone: (703) 292-5119, email: jclark [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Catherine Eberbach, telephone: (703) 292-4960, email: ceberbac [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Michael Ford, telephone: (703) 292-5153, email: miford [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • David L. Haury, telephone: (703) 292-8614, email: dhaury [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Margret Hjalmarson, telephone: (703) 292-4313, email: mhjalmar [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Karen King, telephone: (703) 292-5124, email: kking [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Rebecca Kruse, telephone: (703) 292-4211, email: rkruse [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Julio E. Lopez-Ferrao, telephone: (703) 292-5183, email: jlopezfe [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Robert Ochsendorf, telephone: (703) 292-2760, email: rochsend [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Joseph Reed, telephone: (703) 292-5187, email: jreed [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Ferdinand D. Rivera, telephone: (703) 292-8620, email: frivera [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Robert Ronau, telephone: (703) 292-5089, email: rronau [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Monya A. Ruffin, telephone: (703) 292-4635, email: mruffin [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Robert Russell, telephone: (703) 292-2995, email: rlrussel [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Joan M. Walker, telephone: (703) 292-7016, email: jowalker [at] nsf [dot] gov

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

  • 47.076 --- Education and Human Resources

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award:

Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 20 to 31

It is anticipated that about 8-13 Level I awards, 5-8 Level II awards, 1-4 Level III awards, and 5 Conference/Synthesis awards will be made in FY 2018, pending availability of funds. One Resource Center with a budget of up to $3,500,000 will be supported for a duration of 3 years in the 2018 fiscal year.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $57,000,000

Pending availability of funds, NSF anticipates approximately $57,000,000 will be available for the FY2018 competition.

Normal limits for funding requests of DRK -12 proposals are as follows: (1) Level I projects up to $450,000 with duration up to three years; (2) Level II projects up to $3,000,000 with duration up to four years; and (3) Level III projects up to $5,000,000 with duration up to five years. Synthesis proposals are up to $300,000 and two years duration. Conference proposals are up to $100,000 and one year duration. 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.

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals:

The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E.

Who May Serve as PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required
  • Full Proposals:

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:

    Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:

    Not Applicable

  • Other Budgetary Limitations:

    Other budgetary limitations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

C. Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

    November 14, 2017

    November 14, 2018

    Second Wednesday in November, Annually Thereafter