When considering proposals, funding agencies—both federal and private—are interested in understanding the specific and measurable ways proposals will benefit society. Increasingly, they are basing significant portions of their review criteria on societal impact. For many private funding organizations, this criterion is of paramount importance.
While specific guidelines vary among funding organizations, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has long had specific language in its proposal guidelines regarding the broader impact of the proposals it evaluates and has emphasized the role of that criterion in recent years.
As NSF indicates in its most recent Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), "the Broader Impact criterion encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes."
This website provides a list of resources for faculty to explore how to integrate their research with outreach, particularly for multi- and cross-disciplinary research initiatives. Please note that the resources, information, and links shared below are still in development and do not reflect the full extent by which the broader impacts of a proposal can be realized.
LSU Outreach Initiatives
The following is a list of outreach initiatives and units established at colleges and schools at LSU A&M.
- College of Agriculture Outreach: see LSU AgCenter
- College of Art & Design Outreach
- College of the Coast & Environment Outreach
- College of Engineering Outreach (contact Recruiting and Outreach Manager)
- College of Human Sciences & Education Outreach
- College of Humanities & Social Sciences Outreach (in development)
- College of Music & Dramatic Arts Outreach
- College of Science Outreach
- E. J. Ourso College of Business Outreach
- Manship School of Mass Communication Outreach
- School of Veterinary Medicine Outreach
The following outreach groups are already established at LSU. Often, individual units offer multiple avenues for outreach.
- Gordon A. Cain Center
- Landolt Astronomical Observatory
- Louisiana Sea Grant
- LSU Rural Life Museum
- Museum of Art
- Museum of Natural History, the official state museum of natural history with collections from six independently
administered units on campus, including the Vascular Plant Herbarium, the Mycological
Herbarium, the Lichen Herbarium (more information on these three collections can be
found here), the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum, the Palynology Collection, the Mineralogy and Petrology Collections, the Textile and Costume Museum, the Louisiana Geological Survey Log Library & Core Repository (LGS Outreach).
- Museum of Natural Science, a subunit of the Museum of Natural History and a national leader in the size and diversity of its research collection.
- ORED-related Resources
- Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD)
- Center for Coastal Resiliency
- Center for Collaborative Knowledge
- Center for Computation and Technology
- Center for Energy Studies
- Coastal Sustainability Studio
- Institute for Advanced Materials
- Louisiana Sea Grant
- Louisiana Space Consortium
- National Center for Advanced Manufacturing
- Shared Instrument Facility (SIF)
- Other centers, institutes, and research programs related to LSU throughout the state.
The following organizations are part of the statewide LSU system and may have outreach opportunities that faculty can leverage.
- LSU AgCenter, with extension and outreach services across the state.
- LSU Alexandria
- LSU Eunice
- LSU Shreveport Outreach
- LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans Outreach
- LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport Office of Research
- LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
- Pennington Biomedical Research Center
This section is still in development.
If you are interested in developing an industry partnership for a component of your broader impact, please contact ORED's Director of Economic Development, Greg Trahan.
If you are interested in pursuing a private-sector foundation partnership for a component of your broader impact, please contact the LSU Foundation.
- LSU's Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, a division of the Office of Academic Affairs, which is committed to fostering inclusive educational opportunities and an equitable workforce environment at LSU. ODEI provides initiatives and resources associated with faculty that aid LSU in promoting diversity and equity, while enhancing the academic integrity and sense of community of the institution.
- LSU's Office of Strategic Initiatives, which leads and coordinates institutional efforts to assist in raising LSU’s academic standing among its peers through competitive and outstanding achievements by students, staff, and faculty. Its core mission is to prepare the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) leaders. Through multifaceted initiatives, OSI assists the Office of Academic Affairs in creating and implementing programs that enhance the diversity of students and faculty.
- LSU Social Research & Evaluation Center (SREC), which works in connecting communities to strengthen assets and providing evaluation to improve understanding of social, economic, and behavioral needs and opportunities.