Download the NSF webinar presentation
Download the NSF CAREER Proposal checklist

Links to MSU Organizations that do Broader Impacts work:

  • Academic Technology & Outreach - assist MSU in advancing excellence in teaching, learning, research and public engagement.
    • Outreach - an academic outreach arm of Montana State University, dedicated to sharing MSU's vast resources with the citizens of our communities at the local, state, regional, national and international level.
  • Native American Education and Outreach Projects - This site includes a list of programs that are offered through MSU with the support of our many partners, including Montana's tribal colleges.
  • American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO) - consortium of Montana's seven Tribal Colleges and Montana State University in Bozeman, dedicated to providing opportunities for American Indian students in career fields where they are significantly underrepresented.
  • EMPower - promotes the success of underrepresented minorities and women in engineering and other fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).
  • Montana IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence - a collaborative network of Ph.D.-granting institutions, baccalaureate schools and tribal colleges that invests in Montana's biomedical research capacity and workforce pipeline.
  • Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE) - CAIRHE investigators educate MSU undergraduate and graduate students and tribal college students by involving them as research assistants in project work, including fieldwork and service learning in Montana's rural communities.
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Databases for awarded grants:

NIH Matchmaker Tool


Databases for Funding Opportunities
Wednesday, May 17 ||Presenters: Brittany Fasy, Computer Science, Aurélien Mazurie,Research CyberInfrastructure Group (part of University Information Technology), and Nika Stoop, CFE

Graphic abstracts and figures are valuable ways to communicate your ideas, both in grants and in publications. The workshop focused on principles of graphic/figure design, peer feedback on the participants' figures/graphics, and software demos.


Thursday, April 13 ||Presenter: Laura Stanley, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and former NSF Program Director

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 || Facilitators: Leslie Schmidt, OSP, Jamie McEvoy, Earth Sciences and Nika Stoop, CFE
Guest Faculty: Bok Sowell, Animal & Range Sciences, Mary Cloninger, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Suzanne Held, Health & Human Development
This workshop is designed to help those who are first-time PIs navigate the world of grants management. Guest faculty will talk about student mentoring/coaching, budget management, reporting, and other PI responsibilities.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - Presented by Micaela Young ( , Pre-Award Specialist, OSP and Nika Stoop, Grant Training Coordinator, CFE

The NSF Broader Impacts Puzzle: Strategies to develop a plan and ideas of activities

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Presented by Suzi Taylor ( and Jamie Cornish (, Extended University

Learn more by visiting the Broader Impacts website of Extended University.

Communicationg Your Science Workshop - 2016 Syllabus

Schimel, J., (2012) Writing Science: How to Write Papers that Get Cited and Proposals that Get Funded.  Oxford University Press, USA.

Schimel, J. Writing Science: How to Write Papers that Get Cited and Proposals that Get Funded Blog.

Porter, R.  (2007) Why Academics Have a Hard Time Writing Good Grant Proposals. The Journal of Research Administration. Volume XXXVIII, Number 2, 37.

Williams, J.M., and Bizup, J. (2015). Style : lessons in clarity and grace, Twelfth Edition. edn (Boston, Pearson).

Giddings, M.C., (2015) 8 Concepts Every Grant Writer Must Master For A Successful Proposal!

Pinker, S. (2014) Why Academics Stink at Writing. The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle Review.

Pinker, S. (2014). The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. New York, NY: Penguin.

Sword, H. The Writer’s Diet Blog - Use the online WritersDiet Test to identify paunchy prose, then follow the no-nonsense advice in the book to strengthen and tone your verbal muscles.

Sword, H. (2012) Stylish Academic Writing. Harvard University Press, USA.

R. Porter (2015) Six Critical Questions to Launch a Successful Grant Proposal. NCURA Magazine May/June.

Randy Olson:

 Edward Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information 

Marc J. Kuchner, Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine in Tough Times