Broader Impacts

Broader Impacts Solutions for NSF Proposals

Creative outreach ideas for research grants

With 30 years of experience in developing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) exhibits and programs for national dissemination, the Sciencenter can provide you with access to a large audience, staff expertise in K-12 and informal science education, and a powerful way to address the “broader impacts” requirement for your next grant proposal. By partnering with the Sciencenter, you can help inspire the next generation of scientists through your research.

We have partnered with many research groups throughout the U.S., such as Cornell University’s Department of Astronomy, the Nanobiotechnology Center, Purdue University’s Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, and Oregon State University’s Dept. of Civil and Construction Engineering.

Typical Outreach Projects:

One way of indicating a real commitment to broader impacts is to include it in the budget. Below is a list of possible outreach projects.

  • Sponsoring educational field trips to the Sciencenter from regional elementary schools ($600 per class)
  • Sponsoring a Cornell student intern to deliver public science programs ($2,000 – $5,000 per semester or summer, depending on hours worked)
  • Sponsoring the development and construction of a new exhibit at the Sciencenter ($10,000 – $30,000; audience of 100,000 per year)
  • Sponsoring the development of a complete traveling exhibition with 10-15 exhibits ($100,000 – $1 million; audience of 100,000 – 250,000 per year)
  • Or suggest an idea…

For More Information:

To learn more about how we can help you satisfy NSF’s broader impacts criterion and showcase your research to the public:

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