Broader Impacts Group

BIG fosters a community of practice around research and creative scholarship activities that broaden participation in higher education and the workforce, create educational and economic opportunity, and benefit society locally and globally. We work with principal investigators and broader impacts programs to seed new collaborations, develop highly competitive grant proposals, and engage the public, including K-12 students, with University of Montana research.

Our Services

BIG helps UM researchers design, implement, and evaluate broader impacts and public engagement initiatives. Learn how BIG can help PIs:

  • Explore collaboration opportunities with existing, high-impact UM programs that deliver broader impacts.
  • Write highly competitive broader impacts proposals and proposal sections.
  • Develop and implement broader impacts evaluation plans.

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Planning Tools & Resources

Learn more about developing, implementing, and evaluating broader impacts.


BIG's Community Advisory Group Toolkit

BIG and its programs collaborate closely with community partners and advisory groups to co-design broader impacts. Learn more in this toolkit developed through a fellowship with Advancing Research Impact in Society.

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Explore the UM K-12 Engagement Dashboard

BIG partners with the University Data Office to collect and share data about the impact of UM's K12-serving programs.

Our Programs

The Broader Impacts Group serves as the administrative home for an array of programs that put UM research to work for the benefit of the public.