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

This four-part series will introduce participants to all aspects of building your broader impacts plan. Participants can register for one workshop or all sessions. Please be sure to register only for the sessions that you want to attend.

Building Your Research Impact Identity and Vision to Achieve Broader Impacts

September 28, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Zoom


Researchers are more effective in achieving intended societal impacts when they have taken the time to consciously consider their impact identity. A researcher's impact identity integrates research identity with urgent societal needs; personal commitments, preferences, skills; and institutional context. Come to this hands-on workshop to develop your impact identity and vision for achieving societal impacts throughout your career.


  • Miles McNall, Director for Community-Engaged Research, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship

The Core Components of a Successful Broader Impacts Plan

October 26, 2023
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Zoom


In addition to its intellectual merits, each proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) is reviewed according to the merits of its broader impacts (BI) plan, or the benefits of the proposed research to society. Come to this workshop to learn more about NSF’s BI criterion and major BI goals, the six core components of a successful BI plan, and key resources to help you develop a winning proposal. An MSU researcher will share how he incorporated these components into his BI plan.


  • Miles McNall, Director for Community-Engaged Research, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
  • Sara Steenrod, Grant Consultant, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Lauren Aerni Flessner, Grant Consultant, Office of Research and Innovation

Additional Workshops

  • Two additional workshops will be offered in Spring, 2024

Sponsored by University Outreach and Engagement; Office of Research and Innovation