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Solicitation: Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12), NSF 13-601


Due to a recently announced maintenance outage, will be unavailable from 12:01 AM on Friday, December 6until 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 8. Discovery Research K-12 (NSF 13-601), has an established deadline date on Friday, December 6, 2013.

As a result of the website outage, the deadline to submit proposals in response to this program solicitation has been extended to 5 p.m. submitter's local time on Monday, December 9, 2013.

This deadline extension applies to all proposals, regardless of whether they are submitted via FastLane or outage.

Full Proposal Deadline Date: see notice above

Visit for information and resources related to DR K-12, including announcements about an upcoming webinar series on the DR K-12 solicitation.

The Discovery Research K-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of innovative resources, models and tools (RMTs). 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. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.

DRK-12 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 pre-K 12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has four major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; (3) Teaching; and (4) Implementation Research. The program recognizes that there is some overlap among the strands. Proposals may address more than one strand. For example, projects in the Learning Strand may also include assessments of student learning, and/or support for teachers and plans for larger dissemination and use. Likewise, the Teaching Strand has a specific focus on RMTs for teacher education and professional development, but these are often based on a particular curriculum or set of instructional materials or tools. The Implementation Research strand that replaces the Scale-up strand in the previous solicitation might potentially address any or a combination of the other three strands. The program supports three types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Full Design and Development, and (3) Conferences, Workshops, and Syntheses. All three types of projects apply to each of the four DRK-12 strands.

CADRE will be hosting webinars for researchers and developers planning to submit a proposal. Webinar details (date & time) will be announced soon!