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Bringing Broader Impacts Training to Your Institution

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Would your institution benefit from a deeper understanding of broader impacts (BI)? Would you like tips and strategies for building partnerships and leveraging existing resources to enhance the impact of your institution’s research activities? Are you considering establishing a BI support office at your institution, but don’t know how/where to start?

ARIS provides workshops and consultation on BI-related topics for a variety of audiences, ranging from one-hour to multi-day sessions, depending on your needs.

Broader Impacts 101

Broader Impacts 101 – monthly webinars continue into 2021

Would you like a deeper understanding of NSF’s Broader Impacts (BI) criterion? Would you like tips and strategies for addressing the BI criterion in more compelling (and, hopefully, more fundable) ways?

The NSF-funded Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) is the national leader in supporting BI professionals and providing BI training for researchers and grant-writers. Our "BI 101" workshop has helped thousands of people make sense of the BI criterion and empowered them to approach their grant-writing with more clarity and confidence, and we are now offering this time-tested workshop as a 2-hour webinar.

This activity-based workshop will cover the history of the BI criterion, provide strategies for conceptualizing, developing, implementing and evaluating BI activities, and share tips on leveraging existing resources and establishing robust partnerships to build your "BI identity."

BI 101 is offered monthly via live webinars. Scheduled webinar dates and times are below. Select a date to learn more and register.

Questions? Contact us.

Additional BI-related Topics

  • Broadening Participation
    Description: 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 webinar 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.

  • NSF CAREER Awards
    Description: The NSF CAREER Award is one of the most important and prestigious grants an early-career faculty member can receive. While all NSF grants (including the CAREER Award) are evaluated on intellectual merit and broader impacts, CAREER Awards also have a unique requirement to present an investigator education plan. This webinar will focus on strategies for developing a competitive NSF CAREER Award, with emphasis on the broader impacts and education plan.

  • BI Partnerships
    Description: Developing and implementing successful broader impacts activities is often dependent on identifying the right BI partner(s) and establishing a productive collaboration. But, where do you go to find a good BI partner? What are the elements of a successful partnership? And, how can you ensure that the relationship is mutually beneficial for both members of the partnership? These and other questions will be explored in this interactive webinar.

  • Broader Impacts Identity
    Description: Most researchers are comfortable thinking about and discussing their research identity -- who they are as researchers and what contributions they hope to make to their discipline through their research over the course of their careers. It is far less common, however, for researchers to think about their impact identity -- the lasting impacts they aspire to have on their community and on society, as a whole, through their broader impacts work. This interactive workshop will introduce the concept of a broader impacts identity and walk investigators through a process for starting to define BI identity. While any researcher is likely to benefit from this workshop, it is particularly relevant to early-career researchers (as well as to broader impacts professionals who work with researchers and can play a crucial role in helping them develop their BI identities).

  • Evaluating Broader Impacts Activities (Wednesday, June 16, 3-5 p.m. ET / 2-4 p.m. CT)
    Description: All NSF proposals must not only have a broader impacts component, but a well-articulated plan for evaluating the broader impacts activities that are being proposed. This can present a challenge for investigators who are not trained in program evaluation. This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the basics of program evaluation and connect participants with some tools and resources to help them get started. It will also explore the question of self-evaluation vs. "outsourcing" by working with an external evaluator.

  • Advanced Topics in BI – This is tailored to your needs and could address topics such as managing partnerships, building evaluation skills, or facilitating a deeper understanding for creating social engagement in science, including developing and implementing programs that focus on BI capacity in economic competitiveness and workforce training.
  • Increasing Institutional Support for BI
  • Establishing a BI Support Office at your Institution

Are you interested in something that is not listed above? Contact us to discuss it.


What is covered in ARIS training?

ARIS provides training on a range of BI-related topics.

How long are ARIS training sessions?

Training workshops and consultations range from a one-hour session to day-long or even multi-day training. It depends entirely on your institution’s needs. When you contact us, we will discuss your goals and work together to determine the format/length that would best serve your institution, based on the topics you would like to cover.

Who are ARIS training sessions for?

Many different stakeholders at your institution might benefit from ARIS training, including:

  • Grad students
  • Postdocs
  • New/pre-tenure faculty
  • Tenured/senior faculty
  • Grant support/research support staff
  • Administration

In some cases, institutions elect to offer separate training for investigators (e.g., faculty, postdocs), grant support/research support staff, and administrative leaders. In other cases, institutions elect to have all stakeholders participate together. It would be up to the individual institution, working with the ARIS trainer, to determine who would participate in the training(s) we would offer.

What is expected of a host institution receiving ARIS-sponsored BI training?

All host institutions will be asked to do the following:

  • Identify a point-of-contact for that institution in dealing with planning and logistics of the training.
  • Cover all travel expenses (transportation, food, lodging, airport transfer/parking) for each trainer. (When possible, we will try to identify trainers who are local or reasonably close to reduce these expenses.)
  • Provide an honorarium ($3,000 for half-day, $5,000 for full-day). For shorter sessions, or in cases where institutions are unable to cover this, contact us and we will explore possible alternatives.
  • Cover all logistics and expenses associated with workshop promotion and registration, facility reservation, AV (as per the needs of the trainer) and any catering arrangements.

Please contact us if you are interested or would like additional information.