2016 Impact Grants

The Office of Outreach and Engagement Impact Grant program supports the application of innovative and creative scholarship to address important societal challenges and fulfills Ohio State’s land-grant university commitment to public service by partnering with communities to address challenges of local, national and global significance.

This year, seven programs received Impact Grant funding totaling $330,000.  

The Impact Grants program is part of the university's Connect and Collaborate Grants program. Click here to see all of the 2016 Connect and Collaborate Grant recipients.


Summer Success: Promoting Kindergarten Readiness in Weinland Park

Summer Success: Promoting Kindergarten Readiness in Weinland Park

This program is designed to address the challenge of improving kindergarten readiness for children entering school within a local community. It is designed to bridge research and practice within the community by developing, implementing, and evaluation an innovative, comprehensive kindergarten readiness program within the Weinland Park community, delivered to 4-year-old children in the summer prior to kindergarten entry. The program's impact will be in the developing and testing of an approach to improving kindergarten readiness that can be employed across Columbus.

Team Lead: Laura Justice, College of Education and Human Ecology

Partners:
College of Education and Human Ecology
College of Arts and Sciences
Crane Center for Early Childhood Development
Schoenbaum Family Center
Future Ready Columbus
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Columbus City Schools
Columbus Department of Education
Columbus Museum of Art
Franklin Park Conservatory
Godman Guild


Toy Adaptation Program (TAP): Connecting for Expansion

Toy Adaptation Program (TAP): Connecting for Expansion

While disability may be limiting, interactive toys can be modified electronically so that children with special needs are able to use and activate them through an individually selected switch. The Toy Adaptation Program (TAP) fills this need by adapting toys for these children through labs with first-year engineering students, workshops with families, and other events with external partners. By providing adapted toys to these children, TAP is able to give them the opportunity to play and learn from playing enhancing their quality of life and developing lifelong skills.

Team Lead: Rachel Kajfez, College of Engineering

Partners:
College of Engineering
Nisonger Center
Assistive Technology of Ohio
College of Medicine
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Katelyn's Krusade
RePlay for Kids
May We Help
Mississippi State University


Improving Rural Outreach Capacity in Tanzania

Improving Rural Outreach Capacity in Tanzania: A Pilot Curriculum Reform Initiative to Increase Relevance of Trainer Training

The Ohio State University (OSU) has a major opportunity to assist the nation of Tanzania address food security by improving the training of its extension workers. Increasing agricultural productivity is central to reducing poverty and food insecurity in Tanzania. A major goal of the Tanzanian extension service is to improve the agricultural productivity of the majority of the nation's 46 million inhabitants that reside in rural areas and depend on agriculture as their main form of livelihood. Over the years the trajectory of Tanzanian agriculture has changed and the quality of extension services has declined leading stakeholders to express concerns regarding the training of frontline extension workers. This need-gap will be addressed by the collaborative inputs included in this project to improve the training provided to the trainers of extension agents. This project represents an opportunity for OSU to contribute to the millennium development goals of Tanzania by enabling the many poor small scale farmers, who represent the vast majority of rural inhabitants, to escape poverty thru agricultural-driven income enhancement, improving the status of rural women, and improving the life chances of rural youth. To achieve these goals will require that extension providers, who work directly with these populations, are equipped with the requisite skills to facilitate this transformation.

Team Lead: Mark Erbaugh, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Partners:
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Michigan State University
Department of Agricultural Extension and Community Development (Tanzania)
Ministry of Agricultural and Technical Institutes (Tanzania)
Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania)


The Heritage Language Health Professions Corps

The Heritage Language Health Professions Corps

This program seeks a response to the challenge of language barriers in healthcare that identifies and cultivates existing language resources in the local community. It is a collaboration to leverage the Spanish language skills of high school students to train them as certified medical interpreters upon graduation. Embedded within this training, are opportunities to obtain college level credit in Spanish, Communication, and Latin American Studies, role modeling from bilingual health professionals in the community, and mentoring to ensure academic readiness for college. Through these embedded components the program seeks to inspire high school students to an advanced degree in the health sciences by providing high school students with a valuable credential that will allow them to work in the medical field while they complete their college education, thus also addressing the financial challenges many Latino college students face in pursuing a degree in the health sciences.

Team Lead: Glenn Martinez, College of Arts and Sciences

Partners:
College of Arts and Sciences
Center for Latin American Studies
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
College of Medicine
South-Western City Schools
Riverside Hospital
Columbus Public Health


Establishing a Collaborative Center for Learning, Research, and Innovation in Rural Malaw

Establishing a Collaborative Center for Learning, Research, and Innovation in Rural Malawi

This program will develop a Center for Research, Learning and Innovation (CRLI) in rural Malawi. The new Center will facilitate current collaborations between Ohio State University, Child Legacy International, and Malawi College of Medicine in Malawi, increasing institutional capacity for future complex and robust collaborative undertakings. This Center will benefit the Child Legacy staff with professional development, the community with impactful health interventions, and the Ohio State and Malawi College of Medicine faculty and students with a hub from which to conduct international research more effectively and efficiently. The Center support dissemination of research findings, particularly within Malawi.
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Team Lead: Alison Norris, College of Public Health

Partners:
College of Public Health
College of Medicine
Child Legacy (Malawi)


Creating On-Ramps for Underserved Students Towards Rewarding Careers in Engineering

Creating On-Ramps for Underserved Students Towards Rewarding Careers in Engineering

This program is an engineering outreach designed to increase the interest of underrepresented youth in engineering by providing teachers pre-engineering professional development and by disseminating pre-engineering design challenge materials to K-12 educators and volunteers in Ohio and throughout the U.S. It will enable university team members with expertise in teaching, research and outreach to connect and collaborate with schools, teachers and community organizations, inspiring children to reach for rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Team Lead: Anika Anthony, College of Education and Human Ecology

Partners:
College of Education and Human Ecology
K-12 Outreach
Ohio Resource Center
Kirwan Institute
Worthington City Schools
Reynoldsburg City Schools
The Metro School
KIPP Columbus Middle School


Mitigating Impacts of Mined Lands Through Re-Mining and Reclamation

Mitigating Impacts of Mined Lands Through Re-Mining and Reclamation

This proposed study will be a collaboration to investigate the effects of reclamation through re-mining on the local hydrology and hydrogeology conditions, as well as the associated environmental and ecological benefits. The outcomes will provide quantitative justification to the mitigation of acid mine drainage achieved by reclamation through re-mining practice. It will also fill the knowledge gap of a currently ongoing re-mining study, titled "Mitigating Impacts of Acid Mine Drainage from Legacy Mining through Secondary Coal Mining and Reclamation," funded by Ohio Coal Research Consortium (OCRC). By collaborating with Ohio coal mine operators and regulatory authorities it seeks to advance regulatory policies to increase mitigation of acid mine drainage through re-mining, assist regulatory authorities on creating a comprehensive regulatory framework that advances incentives, and reduce disincentives for coal mine operators to incorporate re-mining into their mine plans or as a stand-alone reclamation project.

Team Lead: Tarunjit Butalia, College of Engineering

Partners:
College of Engineering
Ohio Department of Coal and Natural Resources
Ohio Coal Association
B&N Coal
Oxford Mining


Past Grant Recipients

2015 Engagement Impact Grants

2014 Engagement Impact Grants

2013 Engagement Impact Grants

2012 Engagement Impact Grants

2011 Engagement Impact Grants

2010 Engagement Impact Grants

2009 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2008 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2007 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2006 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2005 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2004 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2005 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants

2002 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants

2001 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants

2000 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants

1999 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants