Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)

Grants to USA nonprofits, for-profits, IHEs, government agencies, and individuals for research to enhance the quality of PreK-12 STEM education. Projects should build on 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: information on the Project Types:

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

National Science Foundation (NSF)

10/06/21 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time
Geographic Focus
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, N
Agency Type
Eligibility Criteria

See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility


Estimated Total Program Funding
Number of Grants
50 to 60 - It is anticipated that about 12-15 Level I awards, 30-35 Level II awards, 5-7 Level III awards, and 3 Conference/Synthesis awards will be made in FY 2021, pending availability of funds.
Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $5,000,000Award Floor: $450,000Normal limits for funding requests of DRK -12 proposals are as follows: (1) Level I projects up to $450,000(2) Level II projects up to $3,000,000 (3) Level III projects up to $5,000,000 Synthesis prop
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
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