Developing Broader Impacts and Outreach Activities

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Broader Impacts are the likely practical applications of research and education activities – in the short-term and/or long-term.

Here are some resources to support development of the broader impacts component of your NSF project or other outreach activities at UNH.

The Potential Partners section below lists partners (within UNH and beyond) that have indicated they’re interested in working with UNH researchers and project directors.


UNH Broader Impacts and Partnership Resources

Broader Impacts and Partnership Resources in the RD Digital Library
Resources developed specifically to help UNH researchers and scholars develop their broader impacts and outreach activity plans, selected resources from others, and NSF's Broader Impacts reports.


National Science Foundation (NSF)

Broader Impacts

NSF 101: Five Tips for Your Broader Impacts Statement

A Broader Impacts Framework for Proposals Submitted to NSF's Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate



Advancing Research Impacts in Society (ARIS)

Formerly known as the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI), ARIS is an international network of individuals and organizations working together to build institutional capacity, advance broader impacts, and demonstrate the societal benefits of research. ARIS works with scientists and engagement practitioners to build capacity, advance scholarship, and grow partnerships, and provides resources to help them engage with and demonstrate the impact of research in their communities and society. ARIS is supported by the National Science Foundation.

ARIS Broader Impacts Toolkit:

  • Broader Impacts Guiding Principles  
    What does NSF require? Get a high-level overview of societally relevant outcomes and review criteria specified by NSF
  • Planning Checklist  
    What elements are needed in a BI project? Use this list to review the key elements of an effective BI project proposal
  • BI Wizard  
    How to I develop my BI project proposal? Our interactive wizard will walk you through all of the key steps to building partnerships and and effective projec
  • BI Project Rubric  
    How to I assess my project's potential? Use this interactive rubric to help you evaluate a Broader Impact project plan
  • Toolkit Quickstart and FAQs
    Learn about the various ways you can use the ARIS Toolkit to help you develop BI plans, review the BI plans of others, and communicate the societal impacts of your research.

All ARIS Resources - publications, webinars, summit documents and videos

ARIS YouTube Channel

Broader Impacts 101

ARIS Report (2023): Evolution of Broader Impacts


Other Resources

How to Nail Broader Impacts in Your Next NSF Grant Application - American Society for Microbiology


Broader Impacts Resource Center – Penn State

Broader Impacts resources – UMass Amherst


Potential Partners

These organizations within UNH and beyond are looking forward to working with UNH researchers!

Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base contains forms, instruction and training material, minutes, policies, tools and other resources to support your research efforts by topic area.



UNH Research and Large Center Development Office Contacts


Caitlin Aspinall
Senior Associate
Phone: (603) 862-2497

Ruth Davis
Program Assistant
Phone: (603) 862-2410

Maria Emanuel
Senior Associate
Phone: (603) 862-4377

Lynnette Hentges
Senior Associate
Phone: (603) 862-2002

Mark Milutinovich
Executive Director
Phone: (603) 862-5338

Michael Thompson
Phone: (603) 862-5255

RLCD Main Office:
303 Thompson Hall




NSF-funded initiative to improve the climate for UNH faculty through fair and equitable policies, practices, and leadership development

Carsey School of Public Policy

Center for Acoustics Research & Education

Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching & Learning
Assessment of student learning outcomes

Connect STEM Program
First-year transition to college program for multicultural students designed specifically for students interested in STEM fields

EPIC (Elementary Program Introducing Computing) Camp
Camp that teaches students entering grades 4-6 how to think logically and creatively through fun games, challenging puzzles, visual programming, and building and programming LEGO Mindstorm robots to tackle mini real-world challenges

Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research

InterOperability Laboratory
Fosters multi-vendor interoperability and conformance to data communications networking standards while educating students for future employment in the industry

Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education

McNair Scholars Program
Academic enrichment and graduate school preparation initiative for first generation/ economically disadvantaged or underrepresented juniors/seniors 

Project SEARCH
An on-campus intellectually challenging experience for academically motivated high school students that provides a forum in a college campus setting in which high school students from South Eastern New Hampshire and Southern Maine can experience a series of presentations covering challenging interdisciplinary topics and interact with each other in discussion groups

Seacoast Reads
Local implementation of the America Reads Challenge in which UNH undergraduates volunteer in local schools, libraries, and after-school programs to help elementary and middle school students improve their reading and writing skills through one-on-one support

Innovative underwater robotics program for classroom or after school

Shoals Marine Laboratory

STEM Discovery Lab

Student Competitions, e.g., LunaCats, UNH Precision Racing, EPA P3 team, Holloway Prize

Student Organizations

UNH at Manchester

  • Biology Program
  • Electrical Engineering Technology Program
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology Program

UNH Cooperative Extension

UNH Engineeristas: Girls & Engineering
Camp for girls entering grades 6 & 7 that explores engineering fields; presented by women engineers

UNH Tech Camp
Camp for boys and girls entering grades 7 & 8 and 9 & 10 that explores engineering fields

Advocates for, manages, and promotes the intellectual assets created by UNH students, faculty, and staff

Digital Earth Watch
DEW supports environmental monitoring through digital photography, satellite imagery, and ideas for investigations and activities including setting up and using picture posts.

The Picture Post network website hosts repeat digital photographs taken by monitors at picture post sites Contact Annette Schloss

GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program
International science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment – Contact
Jen Bourgeault

Junior Science & Humanities Symposium
Promotes STEM research and experimentation at high school level – Contact Subhash Minocha

Research and outreach activities to: broaden and strengthen NH's research capacity and competitiveness; support business, industry and society with a workforce educated in science, engineering and mathematics; and improve communication between scientists and the public

NH Innovation Research Center (NHIRC)
Matches businesses in NH with dollars to support translational research efforts that further
growth and development of New Hampshire businesses, increasing job growth, opportunities, and revenues

Merit-based program designed to strengthen research capabilities at member academic institutions in jurisdictions not equably participating in competitive aerospace and aerospace-related research activities

NH Sea Grant
Federal-university partnership that supports research, education and outreach to help balance the conservation of coastal and marine resources with a sustainable economy and environment

NH Space Grant Consortium
Brings together NH's educational and scientific communities to foster public interest in science education, scholarship, and research

Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP)
Joint local/state/federal program working to protect and enhance estuarine resources

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Academy for Science and Design 
Chartered public school in Nashua, NH

Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation

Children's Museum of New Hampshire

Explore the Ocean World, LLC
Hands-on classroom ocean science program and summer Oceanarium facility at Hampton Beach, NH led by marine biologist/UNH alum Ellen Goethel

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

Girls, Inc. of New Hampshire

Gundalow Company
Protecting the Piscataqua region's maritime heritage and environment through education and action

Hank Green (Book Writer, Video Maker, Science Communicator, Small Business Lover. Co-creator of Crash Course, SciShow, Vlogbrothers, VidCon,

Do you ever apply for NSF Grants that have Broader Impact requirements? Would you like to work with me and

to get outreach work done? I feel like we can help each other! Email me at:


McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

National Society of Black Engineers

New England Association of Chemistry Teachers

New England Catalysis Society

NH High Tech Council

NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership

NH Science Olympiad
Science competitions and events for grade K-12 students and their teachers

NH Science Teachers Association

NH Teachers of Mathematics

NH Transfer Connections Program
Provides guidance and resources to facilitate planning for and making the transition from associate's degree programs to bachelor's programs at NH institutions

North Country Educational Services
Provides professional development and services, e.g., psychological assessment, speech and occupational therapy, distance learning, resource library

NSF Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS): Funding to Broaden Participation in the Biological Sciences
Fosters interest in the pursuit of studies in the Biological Sciences and broadens participation of high school students, particularly individuals from those groups underrepresented in STEM

NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)
Research/educational opportunity for in-service and pre-service K-12 STEM teachers and community college faculty

NSF Research Experience for Teachers (RET): Funding Opportunity in the Biological Sciences
Enables K-12 science educators to participate in projects funded by the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Active research participation by undergraduate students

NSF Veterans Research Supplement (VSR) Program
Active research participation by veterans as community college, undergraduate or graduate students, K-12 STEM teachers, or community college faculty

Seacoast School of Technology
Regional Career and Technical Center serving high school students in the Seacoast region

Seacoast Science Center

SEE Science Center

A collaboration between the Manchester School District, the University System of New Hampshire, Manchester Community College and the business community to create an educational system that prepares our students for the challenge of meeting the daily needs of this dynamic, diverse, and richly complex community by integrating the arts and the STEM disciplines.
Contact: Lucy Weathers at

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