The Bureau of Educational Research conducts targeted funding opportunity searches for College faculty seeking research or research affiliated funding. This service is available by appointment with the Director for Operations or Proposal Development Staff. The Bureau also interprets and disseminates updated information with regard to funder policies and procedural submission changes.

External Funding Opportunities

For information on federal education funding opportunities please visit the following :

For information on select Foundation opportunities, see the list below.  Please contact the Bureau if you plan to submit to any foundation as there may be campus protocols which must be followed. 

LIMITED Submissions

(external opportunities restricted by a per-institution cap on the number of proposals accepted by the sponsor)

NSF Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) - Due 11/14/2017

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 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. 

Funding Levels Available:

  • Level I:  $450,000 up to 3 years 
  • Level II: $3 Million up to 4 years
  • Level III: $5 Million up to 5 years 
  • Conference Proposals: $100,000 and 1 year in duration 

For more information, visit the program page for Discovery Research PreK-12.

Please contact the Bureau of Educational Research as early as possible for assistance.