Broader Impacts 101 and 102 Workshops

Monday, April 8 8:30am-4:35pm


2520-D University Capitol Centre

BI 101: 8:30am-11:45am; Working Lunch: 12pm-2:00pm; BI 102: 2pm-4:35pm


The National Science Foundation considers two criteria in their review of proposals: intellectual merit and broader impacts (BI). Broader impacts relate to how the proposed research will “benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes”, and is increasingly used as the differentiator between which excellent proposals to fund or not.

Steering Committee Members from the NSF-funded National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) will conduct two interactive workshops on Monday, April 8. Participants may register for one or both of the workshops, which includes the working lunch session.

BI 101 topics include:

  • BI Overview
  • Critiquing a BI proposal
  • Developing a BI activity
  • BI Wizard and other resources

Working Lunch includes:

  • Panel of NSF-funded faculty
  • Lightning talks from campus partners

BI 102 topics include:

  • Broadening participation
  • Evaluation
  • Establishing your Impact Identity

Participants will leave the day with: a better of understanding of the BI review criteria; potential partners, resources, and tools for enhancing BI development; and specific BI strategies for their next proposal.


Eligibility/Target Audience

All UI faculty who are tenure-track or tenured faculty, clinical track faculty, research faculty, and instructional faculty, for whom research and scholarship are assigned as one of their primary job responsibilities and have at least a 50% university appointment during the academic year of the project are eligible to attend.



Please register to participate by Wednesday, April 3.  NOTE: To participate in the working lunch activities, you must register for either the BI 101 or BI 102 sessions.



NABI Facilitators

Jory Weintraub: Science Communication Program Director, Duke University

Megan Heitmann: Research Administrator, Iowa State University


Lunch Faculty Panelists

Scott Shaw: Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Maurine Neiman: Associate Professor, Biology

George Malanson: Coleman-Miller Professor, Emeritus; NSF Rotator (PCE Program Officer, 2014-16)


Lunch Campus Partners

Nick Benson: Executive Director, Office of Outreach and Engagement

Liz Hollingworth: Director, Center for Evaluation and Assessment

Cindy Opitz: Collections Manager, Museum of Natural History, Pentacrest Museums

Bob Kirby and Melinda Licht: Director and Program Coordinator, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates


Sponsored by OVPR Research Development Office

and CLAS Grants Support Office