The research-extension connection

All researchers submitting proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF) are evaluated on their intellectual merit and their broader impacts. The broader impacts criterion encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes. MU Extension's mission is to bring research-based information to citizens across the state. To accomplish this mission, extension has faculty and professional staff on each University of Missouri campus and in each of Missouri’s 114 counties.

The extension network across the state can help you fulfill your broader impacts requirements.

Why partner with MU Extension?

Extension faculty can help you:

  • Gather stakeholder input that can inform your research and broader impacts activities.
  • Work with all age groups and issue-focused populations — especially those underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — to broaden participation in your broader impacts activities.
  • Find venues to implement your broader impacts activities or present your research to the public or special interest groups.
  • Design and conduct evaluation of your broader impacts activities.
  • Partner with extension faculty on research projects.

At MU, extension is organized into six main program areas, each covering a range of issues and topics: Agriculture, Community Development, Business Development, Human Environmental Sciences, the 4-H Center for Youth Development and Continuing Education.


If you are interested in partnering with MU Extension, contact Susan Renoe,, in the Broader Impacts Network or Dave Baker,, to start the conversation.