The mission of the BIRC is to support the Duke University research community in its individual and collective efforts to develop, implement, assess and disseminate broader impacts activities and initiatives.
We will work with you on all phases of your Broader Impacts activities:
Throughout the year, we run or contribute to workshops which provide researchers with an overview of Broader Impacts policy and best practices, as well as grant-writing strategies to ensure that your Broader Impacts ideas are communicated clearly and persuasively. Check out “Broader Impacts News & Events” on the right side of this screen and/or sign up for our e-newsletter to learn about upcoming workshops.
Often, the most effective Broader Impacts activities are ones in which you partner with established programs/projects/organizations to leverage existing strengths and expertise. On our “Broader Impacts Resources” page, we will be maintaining a section listing local (Duke, Durham, RTP) individuals or groups that are engaged in Broader Impacts/outreach activities and might serve as valuable partners for your proposed project.
If you are working on a proposal for funding, or would just like to have a conversation about your ideas for Broader Impacts/outreach activities, the BIRC is happy to work with you. Simply follow these steps:
Please note that the ideal time to start working with the BIRC is at least two months prior to the submission deadline for your proposal. This gives us sufficient time to get to know you and your project, meet with you to discuss your Broader Impacts ideas and give you feedback on your drafts and revisions.
Each client working with the BIRC will be asked to do the following:
New Journal of STEM Outreach now accepting submissions!
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are introducing a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal to highlight and explore STEM outreach programs. For more information, visit their website. First submission deadline is September 15, 2017.
NSF looks to focus on social, behavioral and economic sciences
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently released a report stating that funding research in social, behavioral, and economic sciences benefits society and the country's well-being. The NSF will now engage in strategic planning sessions and roundtable discussions to determine the Foundation's next steps following the release of the report.
Jory Weintraub, PhD
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Durham, NC 27708