Resources For Writing Broader Impacts Statements by Dr. Lauren Aerni-Flessner
Are you interested in learning more about the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Broader Impacts review criterion, or do you need help crafting the broader impacts (BI) section of your NSF proposal? The Association for Research Impacts in Society (ARIS) has an openly available Broader Impacts Toolkit
that can help you to more simply and easily develop and write a BI plan to bring your unique research to a wider audience.
These resources and tools include:
A Broader Impacts Guiding Principles document, designed to help proposal writers learn about the BI component of NSF proposals and start to develop their impact identity. It gives you five overarching questions that every BI plan should address.
The Broader Impacts Wizard, which helps you develop a plan to share the importance of your work with others. It helps you frame key information in your BI plan, including target audiences, partnerships, the novelty of the proposed work, project evaluation, and developing a budget.
The Broader Impacts Project Rubric, which is designed to provide guidance for the reviewers as they assess your BI plans. It can also provide more detailed guidance on components of your BI plan to help you write a stronger BI statement.
Understanding the components of a strong broader impacts plan will give you a significant advantage in meeting NSF’s broader impact review criteria. Take advantage of this resource to help you develop an effective BI plan that benefits society and helps communicate the importance of your work!
Remember that Dr. Lauren Aerni-Flessner is experienced in helping faculty prepare and submit their strongest proposals. She is available to help faculty with proposal editing, first draft reviews, and coordination for complex proposals. Additionally, DER is here to help, and there are also numerous additional resources at MSU to help faculty develop BI statements, including help from University Outreach and Engagement. If you have questions related to resources for developing broader impacts statements, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summary: The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (https://www.nfwf.org/) has issued an RFP under its Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund. Grants will be awarded for projects to help increase the resilience of communities and natural resources in Southeast Michigan by reducing the impact of stormwater, improving water quality, enhancing habitat, and increasing the accessibility and usability of public green space and natural areas. Grants will be awarded in two categories: 1) expanding green stormwater infrastructure and enhancing public space and 2) improving habitat quality, connectivity and public space. Projects will require already existing partnerships with local or regional stakeholders or the potential to develop them as part of the project/proposal development.This is a particularly good opportunity for faculty wanting to use their expertise in meaningful work with Southeast Michigan stakeholders.Grants are up to $350,000. An overview of the RFP and links to the full RFP document are below. Pre-Proposals
must be submitted online by August 30, 2022 - 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Please provide this to any faculty in your unit that may have interest. Thanks.
Geographic Focus: Southeast Michigan (Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, St. Clair and Monroe Counties.)
The Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund (Fund) will award grants to help increase the resilience of communities and natural resources in Southeast Michigan by reducing the impact of stormwater, improving water quality, enhancing habitat, and increasing the accessibility and usability of public green space and natural areas. Grants will be awarded in two categories: 1) expanding green stormwater infrastructure and enhancing public space and 2) improving habitat quality, connectivity and enhancing public spaces. The Fund was created to provide financial resources that benefit Southeast Michigan communities and wildlife habitats by improving resilience in the face of intensifying environmental stressors related to climate change, development, invasive species, nonpoint source pollution and other factors.
Program Priorities: The Fund will award grants in the following categories:
Expanding Green Stormwater Infrastructure and Enhancing Public Space
Improving Habitat Quality and Connectivity and Enhancing Public Space
By investing in green stormwater infrastructure solutions, the Fund seeks to reduce flooding and other intensifying threats associated with major storm events, while also creating safe, dynamic, and enjoyable public green spaces that improve habitat values for wildlife and quality of life for residents. By restoring the region’s unique natural areas, the Fund seeks to enhance the quality and connectivity of habitat for wildlife, improve the ability of these habitats to withstand and absorb the impact of environmental stressors, and make nature more accessible for people. Each applicant will need to identify one primary category that best describes the proposed project. If a project is expected to yield benefits in both categories, an applicant may also identify a secondary category. Competitive proposals will address the triple bottom line by improving ecological services and green infrastructure while enhancing social/equitable and economic benefits, including the value and equitable access to public greenspace.
Equity And Inclusion: The Fund desires to support projects that meaningfully engage and benefit low income and communities of color. The Fund recognizes that these communities are often disproportionately impacted by climate change and associated environmental issues of special concern for the Fund, including stormwater runoff, combined sewer overflows and associated flooding and access to safe public greenspace and natural areas. The Fund will prioritize investments that seek to address these impacts while also meaningfully engaging communities to achieve benefits for the environment and people.
Application Process: All application materials must be submitted online through NFWF’s Easygrants system.
Go to easygrants.nfwf.org to register in our Easygrants online system. New users to the system will be prompted to register before starting the application (if you already are a registered user, use your existing login). Enter your applicant information. Please disable the pop-up blocker on your internet browser prior to beginning the application process.
Once on your homepage, click the “Apply for Funding” button and select this RFP’s “Funding Opportunity” from the list of options.
Follow the instructions in Easygrants to complete your application. Once an application has been started, it may be saved and returned to at a later time for completion and submission.
Grant Amount: Individual grants typically range from $100,000 to $300,000. Indirect costs are at 10%. Projects that meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio to grant request tend to be more competitive but providing 1:1 match is not required for a project to be eligible or considered for funding. Matching contributions provided in your proposal should represent the total leverage brought to bear for the proposed project and may include cash, in-kind contributions of staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes.
Pre-Proposal Due: August 30, 2022– 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Full Proposal (if invited) Due: November 3, 2022 - 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Request for preproposals in the research areas of food safety, product quality and nutrition sciences
The Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education is a
non-profit research, education and information foundation established to
study ways the meat and poultry industry can produce better, safer
products and operate more efficiently. The Foundation funds a broad
range of food safety, nutrition and consumer information projects.
The Foundation invites preproposals in the research areas of food
safety, product quality and nutrition sciences. The research priorities
were developed by the Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee
(Committee) and represent immediate research needs for Foundation
funding. The Committee is comprised of leaders in industry, academia and
government who volunteer their time to serve in this critical capacity.
Research preproposals will be reviewed by the Committee and selected
preproposals will be recommended for a more comprehensive proposal. With
this in mind, the preproposals should be as clear, concise and detailed
as possible. Instructions on preproposal development and submission can
be found here.
If you have any questions or an interest in applying, please reach out to me directly. Preproposals are due online using the Research Preproposal Submission Form by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, August 26.
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La Fondation Dassault Systèmes is launching its second (and final!) 2022 Call for projects for Education and Research, and we would like to invite you to forward this email to your networks in these domains- Schools, Universities, Research Labs, Community Organizations with non-profit status.
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Description: The 2022 CAREER Award Workshop (Session 1), presented by Dr. John Verboncoeur (Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies) & Dr. Robert Ofoli (Associate Professor), will lead a discussion of the competition format, along with best practices and strategies for producing successful NSF Career proposals. Session 1 will also include presentations by previous CAREER award winners, and presentations from others key resources from around campus. UPDATE: The NSF Career proposal submission deadline (NSF 22-586) is now July 27, 2022. Watch it now on demand!!! A recording of Sessions 2-4 will not be released as they will include peer to peer feedback regarding proprietary information included in CAREER proposals that will be submitted in this round. To be part of sessions 2-4, please contact Dr. Robert Ofoli
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