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Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, Agencies,
and Individuals to Improve PreK-12 STEM Education

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

11/18/19 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofits, for-profits, IHEs, government agencies, and individuals for research to enhance the quality of PreK-12 STEM education (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science). Projects should build upon fundamental research in STEM education and existing research and development. All research proposals must have a theoretical and empirical justification.

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 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 six types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, (5) Syntheses, and (6) Conferences. All six types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.

Further information on the Program Strands:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17584/nsf17584.pdf#page=4

Further information on the Project Types:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17584/nsf17584.pdf#page=5

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177489

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$57,000,000

Number of Grants:

20 to 31 ( 8-13 Level I awards, 5-8 Level II awards, 1-4 Level III awards, and 5 Conference/Synthesis awards)

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Level I Projects: Up to $450,000
- Level II Projects: Up to $3,000,000
- Level III: Up to $5,000,000
- Synthesis proposals: Up to $300,000
- Conference proposals: Up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

- Level I projects have a duration of up to 3 years.
- Level II projects have a duration of up to 4 years.
- Level III projects have a duration of up to 5 years.
- Synthesis proposals are two years duration.
- Conference proposals are one year duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter I, Section E.

Except where a program solicitation establishes more restrictive eligibility criteria, individuals and organizations in the following categories may submit proposals:

1. Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S., acting on behalf of their faculty members. IHEs located outside the U.S. fall under paragraph 6. below.

2. Nonprofit, non-academic organizations - Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations located in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities.

3. For-profit organizations -  U.S. commercial organizations, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education. An unsolicited proposal from a commercial organization may be funded when the project is of special concern from a national point of view, special resources are available for the work, or the proposed project is especially meritorious. NSF is interested in supporting projects that couple industrial research resources and perspectives with those of IHEs; therefore, it especially welcomes proposals for cooperative projects involving both IHEs and the private commercial sector.

4. State and Local Governments - State educational offices or organizations and local school districts may submit proposals intended to broaden the impact, accelerate the pace, and increase the effectiveness of improvements in science, mathematics and engineering education in both K-12 and post-secondary levels.

5. Unaffiliated Individuals - Unless specifically authorized in an NSF solicitation (e.g., NSF postdoctoral fellowship programs), unaffiliated individuals in the U.S. and unaffiliated U.S. citizens are not eligible to receive direct funding support from NSF. Recipients of Federal funds must be able to demonstrate their ability to fully comply with the requirements specified in 2 CFR § 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. As such, unaffiliated individuals are strongly encouraged to affiliate with an organization that is able to meet the requirements specified in 2 CFR § 200.

6. Foreign Organizations - NSF rarely provides direct funding support to foreign organizations. NSF will consider proposals for cooperative projects involving U.S. and foreign organizations, provided support is requested only for the U.S. portion of the collaborative effort.

7. Other Federal agencies -  NSF does not normally support research or education activities by scientists, engineers or educators employed by Federal agencies or FFRDCs. Under unusual circumstances, other Federal agencies and FFRDCs may submit proposals directly to NSF. A proposed project is only eligible for support if it meets one or more of the following exceptions, as determined by a cognizant NSF Program Officer:
- Special Projects. Under exceptional circumstances, research or education projects at other Federal agencies or FFRDCs that can make unique contributions to the needs of researchers elsewhere or to other specific NSF objectives may receive NSF support.
- National and International Programs. The Foundation may fund research and logistical support activities of other Government agencies or FFRDCs directed at meeting the goals of special national and international research programs for which the Foundation bears special responsibility, such as the U.S. Antarctic Research Program.
- International Travel Awards. To help ensure appropriate representation or availability of a particular expertise at an international conference, staff researchers of other Federal agencies may receive NSF international travel awards.

Proposers who think their project may meet one of the exceptions listed above must contact a cognizant NSF Program Officer before preparing a proposal for submission.

DRK -12 generally does not fund equipment that is normally found in schools, universities, and research and development organizations, such as computers. Requests for equipment must be accompanied by justification for its importance to the operation of the project.

DRK -12 does not provide scholarships for undergraduate, pre-service, or other students.

Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal Deadline Date (due by 5:00 PM submitter's local time):
- November 18, 2019
- Second Wednesday in November, Annually Thereafter

Proposals may be submitted via Grants.gov or NSF FastLane.

Program page:
https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17584/nsf17584.htm

Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG): https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg19_1/index.jsp

To prepare and submit a proposal via FastLane, see detailed technical instructions available at:
https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a1/newstan.htm

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=295856

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:
(703)292-8620
DRLDRK12@nsf.gov

National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
USA

CFDA Number:

47.076

Funding or Pin Number:

17-584

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