The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research has created a new Broader Impacts (BI) committee comprised of invited faculty and staff. The committee is charged with characterizing the current BI resources and making recommendations for how the University could enhance the impact of research activities as well as increase the competitiveness of research proposals to federal agencies. With their first survey deployed to over 100 units, the committee has initiated a self-study to better understand which units support BI activities across the University and the types of programs they offer. ​


Complete the Principal Investigator (PI) survey


The committee seeks to gather information from research faculty on current BI activities and feedback on the ways that the University might better support them and their colleagues in the area of BI. The committee has developed a brief survey for research faculty to describe: ​

• What are your current BI activities? ​

• Who are your BI partners? ​

• What expertise would benefit you in planning and implementing your BI activities? ​

• What infrastructure might improve BI at Penn State? ​


Penn State research faculty from every location are encouraged to complete the survey. Participation in the survey will provide a chance for researchers from across the University community to play an active role in conceptualizing BI infrastructure that will (1) best support research faculty and (2) deliver BI programs that operate at the highest levels of excellence. Committee recommendations to the University will be informed by the data collected from both BI providers and research faculty. As such, it is critical that we have a significant number of faculty respond to the survey. ​


Survey Link


Thank you,
​Phillip E. Savage, Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Strategic Initiatives
Penn State University
Office of the Senior Vice President for Research
304 Old Main
University Park,
Pennsylvania 16802 ​