Building Your NSF Broader Impacts Identity and Plan

Presenter: Laurie Van Egeren, Assistant Provost for University-Community Partnerships at Michigan State University

  • Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2023
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Innovation Partnership Building (IPB)  Room 317 (159 Discovery Drive, Storrs, CT 06269).

Funding proposals for the National Science Foundation are reviewed on two criteria: Intellectual Merit (the science) and Broader Impacts (BI; the societal impact of the work outside of the direct research). Researchers want their work to have meaning in the world; one of the ways to let your research have impacts beyond your academic circle is to develop a BI identity aligned with your interests, activities, and values. This 3-hour workshop will address BI basics, your BI identity, how to create a BI plan, and BI resources to support your grant-seeking. We will review examples of BI activities and consider how to integrate BI into your academic career.


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