Academic Technology and Outreach works with many on- and off-campus partners to share the broader impacts of work at MSU. We are pleased to have worked with faculty to write successful grant proposals to funding agencies such as NASA, NSF and NIH.

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Partner with ATO on Outreach and Broader Impacts Plans

Tap into our resources to make your project more enticing to granting agencies or other funders. We are always looking for exciting new ways to bring the research and creativity of MSU faculty to the broader public.

Outreach and Communications Infrastructure

Collaborating with ATO allows partners to plug into a number of existing outreach programs, ranging from Expanding Your Horizons for girls toFamily Science Days to the National Teachers Enhancement Network of online courses. ATO also has the technology infrastructure to implement complex outreach programs, including videoconferencing and Webinar tools, online registration system, and multimedia development.

Leveraging Funds

Because ATO works with many on- and off-campus partners, we can bring groups together and leverage existing partnerships and grant funds to boost outreach capacity. A few current partners and funders include NASA, the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Expanding Your Horizons, Montana 4-H, MSU Library and the National Informal STEM Education Network.

Diversity of Staff Expertise

ATO's staff includes specialists in online learning, educational technologies, marketing and communications, multimedia development, conference and event planning, youth outreach, grant writing, informal education and other areas.

Development of Educational Programs

ATO can create educational programs that offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and professional development for workers as well as educational opportunities for the general public, including everyone from kids to lifelong learners. ATO is also able to initiate non-credit certificate programs and OPI renewal units (for Montana teachers).

Grant Writing and Collaboration Expertise

ATO staff have served as PI, Co-PI and collaborators on millions of dollars of grants from federal and state agencies and private funders ranging from the National Science Foundation to Lockheed Martin. We stay abreast of national trends in public outreach and education and are happy to share resources and ideas.

NSTA Affiliation

ATO's National Teachers Enhancement Network is one of only six programs recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Learning Center. As such, ATO educational and outreach opportunities can be shared with NSTA's 180,000 members and affiliates.

Professional Associations and Consortia

Through affiliation with organizations such as UPCEA (University Professional and Continuing Education Association) and the National Girls Collaborative, ATO is able to share courses, programs and educational efforts with national professional networks. ATO also represents MSU in educational consortia such as Great Plains IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance), offering the opportunity to collaborate with educational institutions throughout the country.

Contact Us

To schedule a free brainstorming session or consultation on a grant you are writing, contact us at or (406) 994-6550.


Outreach Partner Roundtable

March 8, 2017

Cody Stone of MSU Extension presented a roundtable to connect faculty who are writing grants with community partners in order to create meaningful broader impacts projects. The talk covered various areas in which MSU Extension is working around the state, including youth development, agriculture, housing, community development, family finances, and many other areas, as well as information for connecting with Extension agents and specialists.


Outreach Partner Roundtable

February 17, 2017

Audio portion of the presentation

MSU Outreach and Engagement Council. Serve as a campus-wide coordinating committee in outreach and engagement efforts, and guide outreach, engagement, and leadership at MSU by collaborating with off-campus communities and other external partners.

30 Science Communications and Outreach Ideas in 30 Minutes. Recorded presentation and list of ideas. Presented by ATO as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems' Rough Cut Science Series.

National Alliance for Broader Impacts. This Community of Practice fosters the development of sustainable and scalable institutional capacity and engagement in broader impacts activity.

NSF Grant Proposal Guidelines. This Web page details the review process for proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation. Includes review of the broader impacts statement. 

National Science Foundation Science and Engineering Indicators. Science and Technology: Public Attitudes and Understanding

Communication, Public Engagement, Broader Impacts: What Does It All Mean? Article by Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education.