Partnering with Programs at UNT

UNT is host to a multitude of programs and partners that may be leveraged and utilized for broader impacts proposals. 

UNT Elevar

Dr. Brenda Barrio
A four-year inclusive postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) that empowers young adults with I/DD who wish to continue postsecondary education (PSE) to become self-determined, independent, and healthy adults readied for integrated competitive employment.


Dr. Stephanie Reinke
OLLI at UNT is a lifelong learning program that is now offering virtual courses and events designed by and for adults 50 and better.

Teach North Texas

Dr. Rudi Thompson
The Teach North Texas program at UNT offers teaching certification to students completing their bachelor's degrees in math or science. Our newly-certified math and science teachers have a 100% hire rate after graduation.

The Onstead Institute

Peter Hyland
The Onstead Institute’s mission is to develop, support, and sustain innovative art and design practices and processes for K-12 education through a program of research, project administration, and public dissemination of information.

TRIO Programs - Student Support Services

Detra Craig
TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded academic support and student success program, designed with the purpose and goals of increasing the retention and graduation rates of participating undergraduate students at the University of North Texas. TRIO SSS serves first-generation, low-income (Pell Grant-eligible), and students with disabilities by helping them navigate and overcome academic, social, and financial barriers to degree completion. TRIO SSS serves 258 student participants, and is required to provide the following core services to student participants: academic tutoring and support (including campus resource referrals), course registration assistance (supplement to primary academic major advisors), assistance in completion of financial aid applications (FAFSA, Eagle Scholarship Portal), financial literacy education and counseling, and assistance in enrollment to graduate/professional school.

TRIO Programs - Talent Search

Beverly Maloney
The goal of this program is to increase the number of college graduates in the Cooke and Denton counties by assisting students with academic enrichment, college enrollment, and the financial aid process.

Early Childhood Music Program

Dr. Warren Henry
The UNT Early Childhood Program provides children a rich musical environment in which they can "play with music." The focus of the Early Childhood Program is to provide children (from ages birth to five) quality experiences that will nurture their musical development and provide them with the readiness needed for later music instruction.

New Horizons Band

Dr. Debbie Rohwer
The Denton New Horizons Senior Band has two different Denton New Horizons bands: one for straight beginners, and one for more experienced players. This university/senior band partnership allows a handful of music education students from the University of North Texas teach small group or large ensemble sectionals with the band and encourages the senior citizens in the band to attend many concerts at the university.

Start Up the Band

Darhyl Ramsey
The Start Up the Band program is designed to provide band instruments and band instruction for children with financial needs in the Denton Independent School District. The program begins in the fifth grade and is designed to give the participants a head start in learning how to play a band instrument. Students who qualify are provided with an instrument and instruction on a weekly basis one year prior to entering the middle school band program.


Richard Freiheit
LLELA  preserves and restores native Texas ecosystems and biodiversity while providing opportunities for environmental education, research, and recreation.

Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program

Dr. Ricardo Rozzi and Dr. James Kennedy
The program is supported by a network of organizations from both hemispheres of the world. It is an international and interdisciplinary cooperative that hopes to approach conservation by coupling the social and biological dynamics within policy making.


Dr. Wendy Middlemiss
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters(HIPPY) is a is a 3-year (90 week) parent involvement and school readiness program in which learning and play go hand in hand. Using a structured curriculum, parents encourage their children to recognize shapes and colors, tell stories, follow directions, solve logical problems and acquire other school readiness skills.

Texas Teratogen Service

Lori Wolfe
MotherToBaby North Texas is a non-profit organization that provides free services for health care professionals, Texas residents, and students through funding by the University of North Texas, grants, and donations. We provide free counseling for anyone who may be concerned about pregnancy or breastfeeding exposures to teratogens.

Elm Fork

Brian Wheeler
The mission of the Elm Fork Education Center is to develop and implement premiere environmental education programs. These programs will provide investigative encounters that engage students of all ages in field activities and discovery experiences. These opportunities are designed to encourage sound environmental decision making and responsible environmental stewardship.

Dallas Environment Education Initiative

Dr. Rudi Thompson
Dallas Environment Education Initiative, which provides conservation education to more than 10,000 Dallas participants per year.

TRIO Programs - Upward Bound

Tori Nelson
The UNT Upward Bound program helps first-generation, income-eligible college-bound students successfully graduate high school and transition to college by providing academic and summer programming and support services. Students leave the program empowered to advocate for themselves and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Center for Public Management

Patrick Shinkle and Dr. Robert Bland
Established in 1992 as a professional development arm of the College of Health and Public Service, the mission of the Center for Public Management (CPM) is to promote excellence and efficiency in public and nonprofit organizations.

Child and Family Resource Clinic

Dr. Leslie De Jones
Offers counseling to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families for issues including learning, emotional, and adjustment difficulties to the Denton County community.

Kristen Farmer Autism Center (KFAC)

Dr. Susan Nichols
The KFAC offers comprehensive, one-on-one, behavior analytic treatment for children with autism. The center also provides opportunites for instruction and research on autism intervention and treatment.

Texas Fashion Collection

Annette Becker
The Texas Fashion Collection is a unique repository documenting high fashion and style and one of the most acclaimed educational resources at the university. These artifacts of dress were collected by a variety of notable groups and individuals whose taste and connoisseurship continue to inspire students, researchers, and visitors.

The Murphy Center

Jon McCarry
The Murphy Center is a collaborative environment facilitating new business ventures and strengthening the prospects of early stage companies in the North Texas region. We’re developing a number of programs and partnerships across DFW and the region with entrepreneurs, venture funds and service providers to accelerate the success of the ecosystem.

UNT Art Galleries

Stefanie Dlugosz-Acton
The UNT Art Galleries support the educational mission of the university, enrich the aesthetic environment and serve as a cultural resource for the public. With a focus on curatorial projects involving contemporary art, the CVAD Galleries at UNT inspire and empower student and community audiences through the viewing experience, foster students' confidence in the public display of their artworks and present and promote the artist's voice.

UNT Center for Play Therapy

Dr. Dee Ray
The center provides training, research, publications, scholarships, oversees clinical play therapy services, and acts as a clearinghouse for literature in the field. Play therapy utilizes play, children's natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily through toys instead of words.

UNT Child Development Lab

Dr. Carol Hagan and Dr. Misty Sailors
The University of North Texas Child Development Laboratory is an early childhood program within the College of Education. It serves primarily as a research center and training site for students in the fields of early childhood education, child development, and play therapy.

UNT Speech and Hearing Clinic

Dr. Cassie Thomas and Dr. Theresa Kouri
The clinic has a state of the art hearing clinic that offers comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitation services for an average of 5,000 clients per year. The clinic offers a wide range of hearing aid technology, including models that automatically adjust volume, suppress background noise, and improve listening effort.


Dr. Rachita Sharma
The University of North Texas offers counseling, vocational and adjunctive therapy services to students and community members through the Wellness and Employment Learning Lab

Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access

IDEA contains four units: Equal Opportunity & Title IX, Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Center and Pride Alliance. Each respective unit provides services, training, resources, guides, dialogue, safe spaces and events.

TAMS (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) at the University of North Texas (UNT) is the nation's first early college entrance residential program for gifted high school aged students.

UNT Collegiate Recovery Program

Sonia Redwine
The program utilizes existing resources to enhance opportunities for students recovering from substance use disorders, behavioral (process) addictions, and mental health illness, in an effort to keep students connected to their peers while meeting their desired goal of healthy living and academic success.


ENGAGE serves neurodivergent students enrolled at UNT with reaching their academic and vocational goals through person-centered planning and individualized services. Students participate in assessment and planning meetings to identify personal, academic, and vocational goals.

UNT PUSH- Foster Care Alumni Program

Brenda Sweeten
Recruits, engages, and supports UNT students who have experienced foster care or homelessness so they stay in college and graduate.

UNT Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE)

Lucy Gafford
UNTWISE delivers information, continuing education, and technical assistance in areas that affect the employment and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Utilizing a variety of delivery systems, from face-to-face training to distance-learning technologies, UNTWISE keeps vocational rehabilitation practitioners and managers abreast of the latest trends, best practices, and research.

Planning Your Broader Impacts Activities and Partnerships

In order to plan meaningful Broader Impacts activities, it is critical that you start planning early! Ideally, planning should start at least 3 months before the proposal is due. This will allow you sufficient time to brainstorm and modify ideas after talking with potential collaboration partners. As shown below, there will likely be an overlap between the planning and writing stages as revisions are made to your plan based on feedback and changing circumstances. 

Note: It is also advisable to plan and conduct Broader Impacts activities even before you begin working on a specific grant proposal!  NSF reviewers like to see alignment between a PI’s established track record of involvement in Broader Impacts-type activities and their future plans. 

Before you begin writing your Broader Impacts sections, it is critical to define the key implementation details for your proposed Broader Impacts activities.  Use the guiding questions below to help define these details. 

The 4 W’s in Planning Broader Impacts

A. Articulate WHAT You Are Doing 

  • What are the goals of your Broader Impacts activities? 
  • What discrete activities will you be executing? 
  • What past work or established approaches are these activities based on? 

B. Articulate WHY You Chose Your Proposed Activities 

  • How does this connect to your research and experiences? 
  • What resources and/or skills do you or your partners have that uniquely qualify you to do this? 
  • What socially relevant outcomes could result from this work? 

C. Articulate HOW You Will EXECUTE These Activities 

  • What is the overall timeline for these activities? Key milestones? 
  • What funding/resources will these activities require and how will those resources be acquired? 
  • Who will support or staff these activities? 

D. Articulate HOW You Will ASSESS Your Success 

  • What method of assessment will you be using and who will conduct the assessment? 
  • When/how frequently will data be captured for the assessment? 
  • How will assessment data be captured, conducted, and analyzed?