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.  

Broader Impacts (BI) Seminars - Spring 2023

The Training Team from the NSF-supported Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) organization conducted four interactive virtual workshops with the Research Development Office in the Spring of 2023.

Session 1: BI 101

Session 2: BI Evaluation/Broadening Participation

Session 3: NSF CAREER Awards

Sessions 4/5: BI Partnerships/Identity

Resource Library Materials

To view recordings and supplemental materials from previous sessions, click here to access our Resource Library. Access to this library is only granted to those with a valid and active HawkID and password.


Registration for the 2023 Broader Impacts/Research Impacts Seminars is closed.

Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)

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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.

Megan Heitmann: Broader Impacts Training Coordinator, Iowa State University


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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 Research Development Office in advance at 319-335-0303 or