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New Solicitation: Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) 17-584

Full Proposal Deadline(s): November 14, 2017

Full Solicitation: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17584/nsf17584.htm

View Program Page: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=500047

Upcoming DR K-12 Solicitation Webinar
9/11/17 at 2:00 PM EDT
Register here: http://cadrek12.org/informational-webinar-dr-k-12-solicitation-17-584

Synopsis: 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.