May 2020 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations and a warm welcome to the newest DRK-12 award winners. Also, congratulations to DRK-12 STEM for All Video Showcase award winners and all of those who shared a video this year.
NSF has released a new DRK-12 solicitation. Some of the changes in this solicitation include an earlier annual submission deadline; clarification of the Impact project type description; expectations for Design and Development Studies; a statement of commitment to supporting research in early childhood and computer science as well as interest in the integration of computational thinking; and increased funding of synthesis proposals and duration maximums. Program Officers Rob Ochsendorf and Michael Steele outlined the changes in a recent webinar

Recordings of recent DRK-12 webinars and announcements of upcoming webinars are listed below. NSF encourages current awardees to attend the Managing Your NSF Grant webinar on May 27 to learn about personnel, budgets, notifications and requests, and preparing high quality annual and final reports.

Due to the challenges caused by COVID-19, NSF is delaying the requirement to use NSF-approved formats for proposal biographical sketches and current and pending support forms until October 1, 2020. NSF will continue to implement all other changes to the PAPPG beginning June 1, 2020, including the requirement for proposing organizations to submit government-wide representations and certifications in the System for Award Management (SAM) and for providing e-mail documentation of program officer approval for the submission of RAPID and EAGER proposals, as well as clarifications to current and pending support coverage.

Those applying through the CAREER program may be particularly interested in this month's Spotlight featuring DRK-12-funded CAREER awards and the upcoming informational webinar NSF is hosting on June 2. 
In case you missed these new reports, the National Science Board (NSB) released Vision 2030. To achieve the vision laid out in the report for the U.S. science and engineering (S&E) enterprise by 2030, the NSB recommendations include delivering benefits from research, developing STEM talent for the United States, expanding the geography of innovation, and fostering a global S&E community. For an inside view of the NSB, watch a recording of a recent meeting. Also, the National Academies recently announced a consensus study to provide guidance on effective approaches to S&E instruction in preK through 5th grade that support the success of ALL students. Several DRK-12 awardees are on the study's committee: Doug ClementsXimena DominguezDaryl GreenfieldEve ManzWilliam Sandoval, and Carrie Tzou

Finally, happy birthday to the National Science Foundation. NSF has been funding STEM and education research for 70 years!

The CADRE Team

Spotlight on DRK-12 CAREER Awards

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers NSF's most prestigious awards in support of early career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Each year, NSF awards foundation-wide CAREER grants for activities that are helping early career faculty build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

This Spotlight showcases CAREER awardees in the DRK-12 program. In this Spotlight, learn about the work of these emerging leaders who are developing innovative approaches for improving teaching and learning across STEM disciplines, and hear their advice for developing a successful CAREER proposal and tips for managing a CAREER grant based on their experience in Insight from DRK-12 CAREER Awardees.

Upcoming Virtual Opportunities

CADRE is offering three virtual opportunities in the coming weeks. NSF strongly encourages all DRK-12 awardees to attend the May 27 Managing Your NSF Grant webinar with your organization's grant officer(s). Learn more and register at the links below. 
Managing Your NSF Grant | May 27, 1-2:30 PM ET
Join NSF to discuss grant policies and grant management procedures related to personnel, budgets, notifications and requests, and preparing high quality annual and final reports.
  • Cartia Brown-Morgan | Grants Management Specialist, Division of Grants and Agreements, NSF
  • Rashawn Farrior | Team Lead, Division of Grants and Agreements, NSF
  • Julie Johnson | Program Director and AISL Program Lead, NSF
  • Rob Ochsendorf | Program Director and DRK-12 Program Lead, NSF
Strengthening Educators' Practices for Engaging and Empowering Students with Disabilities and Difficulties as Mathematics Learners | June 4, 1-2 PM ET
The webinar will  focus on the pressing question: What are ways to support educators in providing high-quality, inclusive instruction that empowers students with disabilities/difficulties as mathematics thinkers and doers? 
Presenters: Amy BrodeskyJessica Hunt, and Judy Storeygard  
An interactive virtual experience which will engage participants in a professional development model and analysis of teacher learning to provide context for a discussion about an analytic method.

Informational Webinar on DRK-12 Solicitation 20-572 | Recording & Slides

COVID-19 and Research

On May 20, Program Directors Rob Ochsendorf and Michael Steele gave an overview of the revisions to the new DRK-12 solicitation (NSF 20-572) and shared important information and key takeaways. Slides and a recording are posted in our NSF Proposal Toolkit.


Adapting Your DRK-12 Research Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic | Recording

COVID-19 and Research

On May 19, CADRE hosted a panel-led discussion about approaches to adapting our current projects and designing new studies that respond to the limitations and opportunities we are currently experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many thanks to our panelists Beth Herbel-EisenmannRob OchsendorfLaura O'DwyerAlan Stockdale! A recording and takeaways from the chat are available.


New DRK-12 Awardees

Congratulations to the newest DRK-12 awardees! We look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your work as it progresses. Welcome to our community! This list of new awards includes all 2019-20 awards posted since our last announcement.

You can also sort new projects by their start date on We will continue to add projects to the website as they are announced.

tipsProject Tip: Proposal Development Timeline

Our Proposal Development Timeline provides general guidance and resources to support you in your proposal development, including a timeline for key steps. This resource may be most helpful to early career researchers.

Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks

News from NSF 

News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees

Email to share news from your project.

News from NSF Networks

See our CADRE & NSF Network Events page for ATECentral, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, EvaluATE, NSF INCLUDES, or STELAR events that may be of interest to you.

Email to share news from your project.

Upcoming Opportunities

The following funding and publication opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you and your DRK-12 project members. 

For more NSF funding opportunities, see CADRE's list of Upcoming NSF DRL Solicitation Deadlines.

For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's list of Publications for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
Conference Proposals
For more conference information, see CADRE's list of Conferences for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
Job Openings

Other Opportunities

For job, funding, and capacity-building opportunities for doctoral students, postdocs, and other early career scholars, visit our Early Career News & Opportunities page.

A complete archive of our newsletters and announcements is available on

Back to Top

Subscribe | Create CADRE Account