ARIS Broader Impacts/Research Impacts Seminars: Session 2 - BI Evaluation/Broadening Participation

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) 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 five interactive virtual workshops on Fridays in the Spring of 2024. Join us on Feb. 9, 23 and March 8, 22, and 29 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Click here to learn more about this series.

Session 2: BI Evaluation/Broadening Participation

One way to address the NSF’s broader impacts requirement is through activities that focus on what the NSF refers to as broadening participation, or “expanding efforts to increase participation from underrepresented groups and diverse institutions throughout the United States.” This session will explore broadening participation activities, why they are a priority for the NSF, and how to plan, implement and assess them successfully. Several specific examples will be presented and discussed.


Click here to register for one or more Broader Impacts/Research Impacts session(s). You will receive a calendar invite after registering and a Zoom link will be sent prior to the session.

Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)

The purpose of ARIS is to advance impacts of research for the betterment of society and the expansion of research. ARIS elevates research impact by providing high-quality resources and professional development opportunities and by creating connections among researchers, community partners, and engagement practitioners.

Click here to learn more about ARIS, its services, resources, and functions.


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Friday, February 23, 2024 9:00am to 11:00am
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