Broader Impacts

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.

Outreach Resources

LSU Outreach Initiatives

The following is a list of outreach initiatives and units established at colleges and schools at LSU A&M.

The following outreach groups are already established at LSU. Often, individual units offer multiple avenues for outreach. 

The following organizations are part of the statewide LSU system and may have outreach opportunities that faculty can leverage.

Community Outreach

This section is still in development.

Industry Partnerships

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.

Foundation Partnerships

If you are interested in pursuing a private-sector foundation partnership for a component of your broader impact, please contact the LSU Foundation.

Diversity Resources

  • 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.  

Evaluation Resources

  • 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.



If you are interested in sharing an outreach avenue with the Office of Research & Economic Development to resource on this site, please contact Kelly Robertson or Kristopher Mecholsky.


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