Tutorial Talk: Evaluation: Best Practices for Broader Impacts

This session will bring together program officers from the National Science Foundation and experienced leaders in the development of successful broader impact activities. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and explore strategies for proposing, implementing and reviewing this important aspect of federally-funded research. The impacts of NSF-funded research are not restricted to the laboratories or the institutions of the scientists involved. They extend to benefit society, which may occur immediately or far in the future.

Every NSF grant thus includes a description of the broader impacts of the research, and every proposal review must evaluate the promise of the work to society. Broader impacts may involve connections between people and communities, between disciplines, and between science and society. There is, however, a lack of shared language and understanding about the nature and scope of this important aspect of funded research projects. Many scientific researchers are uncertain about the best practices in developing, implementing and assessing the broader impacts of their work. This uncertainty is compounded by the lack of reward for broader impact activities within traditional academic culture. At the same time, many reviewers are unclear on how to apply the merit review criteria for broader impacts, leading to inconsistent and often inconsequential constructive feedback on proposals.

Join us for a session that demystifies the science of broader impacts and provides guidance on excellent ways to enhance your research.


December 2019

From Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:50 AM

To Tuesday, 10 December 2019 12:20 PM

Moscone South
104-105, LLS
San Francisco