Office for Proposal Enhancement

Resources for Broader Impacts Sections

Educational and outreach projects and organizations that may prove useful in developing Broader Impacts portions of research proposals. Please see NSF Broader Impacts Criterion and example activities for guidance on the NSF requirement.

The Archway Partnership is a unit of Public Service and Outreach created to enhance the University of Georgia’s land-grant mission of teaching, research, and service while addressing self-identified community issues in geographically dispersed locations across the State of Georgia.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia aims to acquire and disseminate botanical knowledge and to foster appreciation, understanding and stewardship of plants and nature through collections and displays, horticultural gardens, research, educational programs, exhibitions and special events.

The garden is a 313-acre preserve set aside by UGA in 1968 for the study and enjoyment of plants and nature. Located three miles south of campus, it is a living laboratory serving educational, research, recreational and public service roles for the university and the citizens of Georgia. It contains a number of specialized theme gardens and collections, more than five miles of nature trails, and four major facilities including a tropical conservatory.

Camp Euclid is a mind-tingling mathematics research program for youth. Participants will encounter solution-defying math problems (which have never been solved before).

Camp Euclid is run by the Euclid Lab, directed by UGA math professor David Gay.

The mission of the Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health is to serve a lead role in development, consolidation and dissemination of information and programs focused on invasive species, forest health, natural resource and agricultural management through technology development, program implementation, training, applied research and public awareness at the state, regional, national and international levels.

CURO’s purpose is simple: to facilitate sustained, progressive, faculty mentored undergraduate research in any discipline. Through CURO undergraduates can pursue faculty mentored research regardless of discipline, major or GPA as early as their first year. CURO programming supports students in identifying and selecting opportunities, choosing a mentor, and presenting and publishing their work.

Outreach, engagement and service is intrinsically linked to the mission and purpose of the College of Education. Our research often engages and enhances the community, and our students serve in schools, clinics, and other community environments where they gain valuable professional experience in exchange for their service.

In 2009, the Torrance Center at the University of Georgia established a relationship with Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP), an organization dedicated to providing exciting educational opportunities for gifted middle and high school students. As a TIP host site, the Torrance Center offers Academic Year Programs and supports TIP Summer Studies Program throughout the calendar year.

Educational Resources provides medical illustration, photography, animation, and graphic arts services that support the Teaching, Research and Service missions of the College of Veterinary Medicine and The University of Georgia.

The unit also provides a scientific poster printing service using a state-of-the-art, 44″ color printer, and uses a non-contact laser scanner and 3-D printer to create 3-D models.


The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a unit of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, is dedicated to strengthening communities, organizations, and individuals through leadership development, training, and education. Founded in 1982, the Institute is named for UGA’s first Vice President for Services, Dr. J.W. Fanning. His legacy of leadership development is embodied in the Institute’s dedication to developing leaders of all ages, in every community, from all walks of life.

The Georgia Coastal Research Council was established to provide mechanisms for improved scientific exchange between coastal scientists and decision makers in the State of Georgia, and to promote the incorporation of best-available scientific information into State and local resource management. The Council is not a policy organization, but rather seeks to provide unbiased, objective information about scientific issues. The Council staff are located in the School of Marine Programs at the University of Georgia, and are supported with funding from a Coastal Incentive Grant from the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Sea Grant College Program, and the National Science Foundation (through the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems – Long Term Ecological Research Project).

Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) is a catalyst for innovative, interdisciplinary creative projects, advanced research and critical discourse in the arts, and for creative applications of technologies, concepts, and practices found across disciplines. It is a collaborative network of faculty, students, and community members from all disciplines of the visual and performing arts in addition to other disciplines in the humanities and sciences. ICE enables all stages of creative activity, from concept and team formation through production, documentation, and dissemination of research.

Consider partnering with the Impact Evaluation Unit to document broader impacts (BI). The evaluation team works with project leaders at the University of Georgia to conduct evaluation and educational research for the purpose of documenting broader impacts (BI) across campus. In partnership with project leaders, evaluation specialists plan, design, monitor, and evaluate project activities for learning and accountability. The IEU team consults on projects to provide formative and summative evaluations that are designed to document broader impacts to meet donor expectations. For more information please email Dr. Kay Kelsey, or Dr. Kyle Bower,

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant provide research, education, training and science-based outreach to assist Georgia in solving problems and realizing opportunities for its coastal and marine environments.

The UGA Office of STEM Education (OSE) provides support to the university community to boost learning initiatives, recruit more students, and improve student retention in STEM majors. The OSE works with partners to 1) increase the number of K-12 students prepared for and interested in majoring in STEM disciplines in college; 2) increase the success and completion rates of student majoring in STEM disciplines; and 3) increase the number of qualified K-12 STEM teachers.

The Office of Sustainability coordinates, communicates and advances sustainability initiatives at UGA and helps serve as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research and learning opportunities on campus and beyond. The Campus Sustainability Grants Program provides funding for student-initiated projects with faculty mentors. The Office also helps to connect students and faculty with staff practitioners to apply various areas of research and enhance the campus as a living laboratory.

The Peach State LSAMP is funded by the National Science Foundation with the mission to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minorities completing baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. Also as part of the mission, the program encourages underrepresented minorities to pursue STEM graduate degrees. As a key strategy for fulfilling its mission, the Peach State LSAMP program provides research stipends for its member students who participate in faculty-mentored research. The students are required to share their research accomplishments with their LSAMP peers and others at the Annual Fall Symposium and Research Conference hosted at one of the seven Peach State LSAMP institutions.

A listing of programs and activities available for children and pre-college students at the University of Georgia, including: Academic Programs for K-12 students, Leadership Programs, Performing Arts Programs, Programs for Middle and High School Groups, Summer Camps and other opportunities.

The Office of Service Learning supports the development of quality academic service-learning experiences in response to critical community needs through a range of faculty and instructional development programs, services and funding opportunities. The Office of Service Learning is jointly supported by the Offices of the Vice President for Instruction and the Vice President for Public Service & Outreach. OSL maintains an informational listserv, provides faculty development through the Service-Learning Fellows program, and offers mini-grants and other recognition to exemplary service-learning and curricular engagement with the community. OSL and its Curriculum Committee spearheaded the creation of an “S” suffix to designate service-learning coursework, and are currently investigating the creation of a certificate program promoting student engagement. Each year, the Office of Service-Learning emphasizes selected priority areas for funding and staffing focus. For 2010-11, key initiatives include a focus on community gardens/campus kitchens/food insecurity; P-16 education; and student engagement with Public Service & Outreach units.

Have an idea for working with a small company? The Georgia SBDC assists existing and prospective business owners to start or grow a business by offering a wide variety of training, providing one-on-one consulting, conducting economic development related market research, and providing technical assistance. The SBDC also offers expertise in international trade and specialty programs and consulting for minority entrepreneurs.

The Carl Vinson Institute works with public officials throughout Georgia to improve governance and people’s lives. From Georgia’s early days as a largely agrarian state with a modest population to its modern-day status as a national and international force in business, industry and politics with a population of almost 10 million, the Institute has helped government leaders navigate change and forge strong directions for a better Georgia. Graduate and undergraduate students can enrich their educations and gain hands-on experience through a variety of programs, including internships and graduate assistantships.

The Young Dawgs Science Internships is a program run by UGA’s Human Resources Division. It identifies promising high school students and places them in faculty research laboratories at UGA. The program also provides an orientation to UGA, enrichment activities and career advice for the participating students.

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Young Scholars Summer Internship Program (YSP) targets talented high school students (particularly underrepresented minorities), with keen interest and aptitude in math and the sciences. The goal of YSP is to encourage outstanding high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics. Each student is paired with a UGA researcher based on student interest. Together they design and implement a six-week research project. At the end of the program, students present oral or poster presentations on their research findings to their peers and mentors. Opportunities also exist for students to travel to Costa Rica and Honduras as part of the program.

Note: Some federal agencies provide supplemental funding to support specific types of broader impact activities. For example, at the National Science Foundation, the following supplements may be available within your specific program. Contact your Sponsored Projects Administration Team or your NSF Program Officer for details. 

  • Research Opportunity Awards (ROA): enable faculty who cannot normally engage in research to pursue research as visiting scientists with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions.
  • Research Experience for Teachers (RET): enable K-12 science educators to participate in funded projects.
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) ~$7,000 each summer to support an undergraduate student researcher.
  • Research Assistantships to High School Students (RAHSS): ~$6,000 per student up to one year.