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.  

The Training Team from the NSF-supported Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) organization will conduct two interactive virtual workshops in February.



Session 1: Broader Impacts 101

*Required prerequisite to Session 2

Friday, February 19th @ 10am-12pm

A general overview of the history of the NSF’s Broader Impacts (BI) criterion, as well as discussion and small-group activities developed to teach strategies for design and implementation of BI activities.

Eligibility: Any interested researcher.

Session 2: Broader Impacts & NSF CAREER Awards

*Session 1 is a required prerequisite for participation

Friday, February 26th @ 10am-12pm*

A discussion of strategies for developing a competitive NSF CAREER Award, with emphasis on the Broader Impacts and Education Plan.  The concept of Broader Impacts Identity will be introduced, and its relevance to the Education Plan and Broader Impacts will be discussed.

Eligibility: NSF CAREER eligible faculty.


Register here for one or both sessions.

ARIS Training Team Facilitators

Jory Weintraub: Science Communication Program Director, Duke University
Megan Heitmann: Broader Impacts Training Coordinator, Iowa State University

Sponsored by:
 Research Development Office, CLAS Grant Support Office, and College of Engineering


Check out these other upcoming relevant events:

NSF CAREER Club (January-July)
Planning and Writing Successful NSF CAREER Proposals (January 8, 15, 22, and 29)


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Britt Ryan in advance at 319-335-9575 or