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Broader Impacts Toolbox

As defined by in the National Science Foundation’s Perspectives on Broader Impacts Report, broader impacts relate to a project’s “potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.”

Researchers are encouraged to think big about how their work can impact—and be impacted by—our shared society and all its diversity, its strengths and weaknesses, its potential and its problems. Research Development curates a set of resources, including customizable text, potential partners, and best practices, to help researchers maximize the impact of their work. Explore the toolboxes below and reach out directly to toolbox managers for a consultation.

Toolbox Manager: Diana Moyer (dmoyer@utk.edu)

Increasing the participation of traditionally underrepresented populations is crucial for innovations in research and teaching in higher education. Effective broadening participation plans address the marginalization of people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, disability status, socioeconomic status, gender, and/or sexual orientation to create systemic changes that encourage diversity and inclusivity.

Explore UT’s Broader Impacts Network to connect with local resources to create effective broadening participation strategies. Visit the external links below for an excellent overview of current best practices and funding opportunities to broaden participation to underrepresented groups. Access templates and boilerplate that can be modified to suit your project.

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Templates

Toolbox Manager: Sharon Pound (spound@utk.edu)

Known by many names (such as team science, or inter/multi/transdisciplinarity), convergence research is a means of addressing complex societal problems through integration across disciplines. Additional techniques and training can help researchers work together more effectively on complex, shared problems.

Contact the toolbox manager for a customized consultation about your project’s needs. Explore UT’s Broader Impacts Network to connect with local convergence resources to transform the way your team works together. Visit the external links below for an excellent overview of current best practices in conducting convergence research.

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Toolbox Manager: Sharon Pound (spound@utk.edu)

Scientific topics are complex and often hard to explain, but researchers need to establish meaningful dialogue with diverse audiences to communicate the impact of their work and how it contributes to the public good. Using best practices in science communication can help researchers shift their messaging to engage with external stakeholders, including funders, policymakers, industry and community partners, and the general public.

Contact the toolbox manager for a customized consultation about your project’s needs. Explore UT’s Broader Impacts Network to connect with local partners to create an appropriate communication strategy. Share news about your research, scholarship, or creative activities with our Research Communications team. Visit the external links below for an excellent overview of current best practices in science communication.

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