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:
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'COMPETES' Renewal Clears Senate Committee
The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S 3084) would authorize a four percent increase in fiscal 2018 for the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Association of American Universities, which represents leading research institutions, says the bill "contains several provisions we support." For one thing, it "clarifies that a legitimate means to achieve broader impacts on NSF grant proposals is for researchers to focus on improving in-class instruction of undergraduate classes in the scientific disciplines that relate to their NSF-funded research."