Attention: Faculty, Research and Academic Staff, Postdocs, and Graduate Students

This nine-part series of workshops will introduce participants to all aspects of building your Broader Impacts (BI) plan. Participants can register for one workshop or all sessions. But be sure to register only for the sessions that you want to attend. 


Introduction to the NSF Broader Impacts Criterion

September 6, 2022
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Zoom

Are you a newcomer to broader impacts or need a refresher on what they are all about? This introductory workshop covers the basics of broader impacts, including what broader impacts of research are, why they matter, and the six essential elements of a successful broader impacts plan. Participants will also learn about key resources and consultation services available to help them build their BI plans and get a sneak preview of additional workshops in the series.

Presenters:

  • Lauren Aerni-Flessner, Grant and Project Management Specialist, College of Engineering
  • Miles McNall, Director for Community-Engaged Research, University Outreach and Engagement

Building Your Research Impact Identity and Vision

October 4, 2022
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Zoom

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Researchers are more effective in achieving their intended societal impacts when they take the time to consciously construct their impact identities. "Impact Identity" is a concept that integrates one’s identity as a researcher with societal needs, personal preferences and skills, and institutional context. Come to this hands-on workshop to develop your impact identity and vision for achieving desired societal impacts throughout your career.

Presenters:

  • Miles McNall, Director for Community-Engaged Research, University Outreach and Engagement

Building Your Broader Impacts Plan

October 20, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Zoom

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In addition to its intellectual merits, each proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) is reviewed according to the merits of its BI plan, or the benefits of the proposed research to society. Come to this hands-on workshop to learn more about NSF’s BI criterion and major BI goals, the six essential elements of a BI plan, and key resources to help you develop a winning proposal. Participants will leave the workshop with a draft BI plan.

Presenters:

  • Lauren Aerni-Flessner, Grant and Project Management Specialist, College of Engineering
  • Miles McNall, Director for Community-Engaged Research, University Outreach and Engagement
  • Sara Steenrod, Grant Consultant, Office of Research and Innovation

MSU Partners for Broader Impacts

November 14, 2022
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Zoom

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This session is essential to helping you learn about developing strong partnerships for Broader Impacts (BI) projects. Meet potential BI partners from MSU, hear success stories, and learn how to avoid pitfalls. Don't miss this opportunity to make connections and get practical advice about planning your BI project. 

Presenters:

  • Denice Blair, Director of Education, MSU Museum
  • Zachary Constan, Outreach Coordinator, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and Facility For Rare Isotope Beams
  • Brad Fingland, Director of Venture Creation, Physical Sciences, Spartan Innovations
  • Vanessa McCaffrey, Associate Director for Undergraduate Education, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Shannon Schmoll, Director, Abrams Planetarium
  • Michelle Word, Director of Education, MSU Broad Art Museum

Evaluating the Broader Impacts of Your Research

December 6, 2022
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Zoom

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Each proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) must include a broader impacts (BI) plan and this BI plan must include a strategy for evaluating the broader impacts of the proposed research. Come to this hands-on workshop to learn more about methods for evaluating the broader impacts of your research. Participants will leave the workshop with a draft BI evaluation plan.

  • Miles McNall, Director for Community-Engaged Research, University Outreach and Engagement
  • Sara Steenrod, Grant Consultant, Office of Research and Innovation

Additional Workshops

  • Broadening Participation in STEM Education and Careers: The Role of Inclusive Recruitment and Mentoring (January)
  • Broader Impacts Through Course-Based Community-Engaged Research
  • Winning Strategies for NSF CAREER Proposals (March)
  • Broader Impacts Through Policy Change (April)

Sponsored by: University Outreach and Engagement; Office of Faculty and Academic Staff Development; Office of Research and Innovation; The Graduate School