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Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 09-549 for the latest version.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


This program provides funding to graduate students in NSF- supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to acquire additional skills that will broadly prepare them for professional and scientific careers in the 21st century. Through interactions with teachers in K-12 schools, graduate students can improve communication and teaching skills while enriching STEM instruction in K-12 schools. Through this experience graduate students can gain a deeper understanding of their own scientific research. In addition, the GK-12 program provides institutions of higher education with an opportunity to make a permanent change in their graduate programs by incorporating GK-12 like activities in the training of their STEM graduate students. Expected outcomes include improved communication, teaching and team building skills for the fellows; professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers; enriched learning for K-12 students; and strengthened partnerships between institutions of higher education and local school districts.

Program contacts

Members of the NSF wide GK-12 Committee represent their respective NSF organizations. They contribute funds as well as intellectual and labor capital to the program. In addition to the GK-12 staff, members of the GK-12 committee are:

  • Deh-I Hsiung, Directorate for Education and Human Resources
  • Roosevelt Johnson, Directorate for Education and Human Resources
  • Joan Prival, Directorate for Education and Human Resources
  • Celestine Pea, Directorate for Education and Human Resources
  • Julio Lopez-Ferrao, Directorate for Education and Human Resources
  • Sally O’Connor, Directorate for Biological Sciences
  • Harriet Taylor, Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
  • Mary Poats, Directorate for Engineering
  • Elizabeth Rom, Directorate for Geosciences
  • Henry Blount, Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  • Dana Lehr, Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  • Tyrone Mitchell, Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  • John Perhonis, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
  • Bernhard Lettau, Office of Polar Programs

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to the GK-12 staff at gk-12@nsf.gov.

For questions relating to Grants.gov contact:

  • Grants.gov Contact Center: If the Authorized Organizational Representatives (AOR) has not received a confirmation message from Grants.gov within 48 hours of submission of application, please contact via telephone: 1-800-518-4726; e-mail: support@grants.gov.

Sonia Ortega
Program Director
sortega@nsf.gov (703) 292-5198
Carolyn L. Piper
Assistant Program Director
cpiper@nsf.gov (703) 292-8697

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