The goal of N4BI is to create a community of practice that fosters the development of sustainable and scalable institutional capacity and engagement in broader impacts activity. This goal will be accomplished through the achievement of the following four objectives:
1. Identify and curate promising models, practices, and evaluation methods for the BI community;
2. Expand engagement in and support the development of high-quality BI activities by educating current and future faculty and researchers on effective BI practices;
3. Develop the human resources necessary for sustained growth and increased diversity of the BI community; and
4. Promote cross-institutional collaboration on and dissemination of BI programs, practices, models, materials, and resources.
History of N4BI:
N4BI has its roots in the Broader Impacts Infrastructure Summit of 2013, held at the University of Missouri. BIIS2013 was the first meeting of the national BI community. It was followed by a second Summit in 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. A results of those meetings was the formation of an engaged and active community that is ready to create its own national organization.
Membership in N4BI is open to anyone who has an interest in and a passion for broader impacts. We envision an organization that includes researchers, students, BI support professionals, and more. We are currently working on membership materials, but, for now, to join N4BI, send a new email to email@example.com with a blank subject line. Delete EVERYTHING from your email except for Subscribe N4BI-L (make sure you take out your signature line as well!).
If you would like more information on N4BI, please contact Network Coordinator Dr. Sara Vassmer at VassmerS@missouri.edu. You may also want to visit the site of our 2014 Broader Impacts Infrastructure Summit, held on April 16-18 in Arlington, Va.
Save the Date!
N4BI 2015 Annual Meeting:
April 29-May 1, 2015
University of Wisconsin-Madison
This work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under grants MCB-1408736, #MCB-1313197, and #IIA-1437105. However, any opinions, findings, conclusions, and/or recommendations are those of the investigators and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.