NSF & DR K-12

CADRE is the resource network for the National Science Foundation's Discovery Research preK-12 (DR K-12) program. 

About the National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense...." With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, the NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields, such as mathematics, computer science, and the social sciences, the NSF is the major source of federal backing.

The NSF's goals—discovery, learning, research infrastructure, and stewardship--provide an integrated strategy to advance the frontiers of knowledge; cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce; expand the scientific literacy of all citizens; build the nation's research capability through investments in advanced instrumentation and facilities; and support excellence in science and engineering research and education through a capable and responsive organization.

About NSF's Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings
The Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) invests in projects to improve the effectiveness of STEM learning for people of all ages. Its mission includes promoting innovative research, development, and evaluation of learning and teaching across all STEM disciplines by advancing cutting-edge knowledge and practices in both formal and informal learning settings. DRL also promotes the broadening and deepening of capacity and impact in the educational sciences by encouraging the participation of scientists, engineers, and educators from the range of disciplines represented at the NSF. Therefore, DRL's role in the larger context of Federal support for education research and evaluation is to be a catalyst for change—advancing theory, method, measurement, development, and application in STEM education.

The Division’s programs include:

About the Discovery Research preK-12 Program
The DR K-12 program is administered within the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings of the NSF. The program seeks to enable significant advances in preK-12 student and teacher learning of the STEM disciplines through development, study, and implementation of resources, models, and technologies for use by students, teachers, and policy makers. Projects funded under this solicitation begin with a research question or a hypothesis about how to improve preK-12 STEM learning and teaching. Projects create or adapt and study innovative resources, models, or technologies and determine how and why implementation affects STEM learning.

The DR K-12 program invites proposals that meet a variety of educational needs, from those that address immediate and pressing challenges facing preK-12 STEM education to those that anticipate opportunities for the future. DR K-12 especially encourages proposals that challenge existing assumptions about learning and teaching within or across STEM fields, envision needs of learners in 10-15 years, and consider new and innovative ways to educate students and teachers. Project goals, designs, and working strategies should be informed by prior research and practical experience drawn from all relevant disciplines, while focusing on concepts and skills that are central to STEM education.

The DR K-12 program is primarily concerned with improving education of students and teachers in formal settings. As appropriate, the program encourages projects also to draw from knowledge and practice of learning in informal settings. While many projects supported under this solicitation will focus on exploratory development and testing of innovative ideas for some specific facet of STEM education, all proposals must explain how the work can lead ultimately to successful adoption of findings or products in the K-12 enterprise on a national scale.

The DR K-12 program accepts proposals for (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses.

Learn more about the DR K-12 Program and Solicitation.

Name Email Phone
Inquiries can  be made to DRLDRK12@nsf.gov (703)292-8620 
David  Campbell dcampbel@nsf.gov (703) 292-5093 
Julia  Clark jclark@nsf.gov (703) 292-5119 
Michael  Ford  miford@nsf.gov (703) 292-5153 
David  L. Haury dhaury@nsf.gov (703) 292-5102 
Margret  Hjalmarson mhjalmar@nsf.gov (703) 292-4313 
Karen  King kking@nsf.gov (703) 292-5124 
Rebecca  Kruse rkruse@nsf.gov (703) 292-4211 
Julio  Lopez-Ferrao jlopezfe@nsf.gov (703) 292-5183 
H.  T. Martin htmartin@nsf.gov (703) 292-7016 
Joseph  Reed jreed@nsf.gov (703) 292-5187 
Ferdinand  Rivera frivera@nsf.gov (703) 292-4960 
Robert  Russell rlrussel@nsf.gov (703) 292-2995