Successful proposals funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal research agencies increasingly emphasize the need to justify not only the intellectual merit of proposed research, but also the broader impacts of the scientific proposal.
Broader impacts refer to the potential of the proposed project to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes. With some projects, broader impacts are intrinsic to the research itself. In others, the focus may be on education in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), and both intellectual merit and broader impacts are inherent in the educational work.
Increasingly, investigators are encouraged to envision an integration of their research with education, so that broader impacts are interwoven throughout.
A list of available resources to support the development and execution of broader impacts for researchers at the University of Chicago is available below and throughout this section.
University of Chicago Resources
For customized support, matches to existing broader impacts programs and ideas on how to implement new programs please contact:
Nika Levando Birman
Director, Program Strategy
The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement
For further information about community programs, please contact:
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Existing Education and Outreach Programs
These resources offer opportunities to contribute to established programs and/or partner to create focused educational initiatives, events, or curricula. Please use the contact information listed to inquire about current programs relevant to your interest.
Federal Agency Resources
Federal Agency Sponsored Organizations and Networks
- NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)
- NIH SEPA in IL
- Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network
- National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI)
Local Community Resources
The resources listed below offer opportunities to contribute to established programs and/or partner to create focused educational initiatives, events, or curricula. Please contact the Office of Civic Engagement to inquire about current programs and obtain specific contact information relevant to your interest.
Outreach Organizations and Programs
- Argonne National Laboratory Education Programs
- Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST)
- Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Programs
- Illinois Science Council
- Illinois Science & Technology Coalition
- R&D Stem Learning Exchange
- Chicago Architecture Foundation
- Chicago Botanic Gardens
- Chicago Children’s Museum
- Field Museum
- Lincoln Park Zoo
- Museum of Science and Industry
- Peggy Notebart Nature Museum
- Shedd Aquarium