A Hub for Scientific Research
Since 2005, the U-M Museum of Natural History has partnered with U-M faculty to support more than 60 funded National Science Foundation awards. With our diverse audiences, new interactive spaces, and experienced professional staff, the museum makes an excellent Broader Impacts partner.
We want to help you tell your story.
In 2019, the museum completed its move to the new Biological Sciences Building, with innovative exhibits and programs that keep pace with current scientific thought and inspire audiences to engage in explorations of scientific research and discovery. In the first year the museum was open we welcomed more than 200,000 visitors, including campus, community, and K-12 audiences.
With free admission, the museum is open and accessible to everyone.
The museum offers a variety of project ideas for U-M faculty Broader Impacts, including exhibits, K-12 programs, public programs, multimedia experiences in our Planetarium & Dome Theater, and science communication training.
Over the past 5 years, the funding success rate of NSF-CAREER proposals with museum support averaged around 40%.
Contact the museum at least 2-3 months before your proposal deadline. We’ll schedule an initial meeting with you to discuss what types of programs and/or exhibit elements might be a good fit for museum audiences and your Broader Impacts goals. Due to high demand for BI partnerships, the available offerings may be limited.
Once we have agreed upon a project plan, museum staff will create a detailed budget proposal for you to review and upon approval, provide a letter of collaboration.
My reviewers wrote that my Broader Impacts were “exciting and novel” and “transformative.” One wrote “the most notable and unique strength is the partnership with museum programs."
-Jenny Wilson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
A reviewer from my FUNDED NSF proposal said it best: “This is the most serious undertaking of BI I’ve seen as a reviewer, ever.”
-Anthony Vecchiarelli, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology