The National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) is a international network of individuals and organizations working together to build institutional capacity, advance BI, and demonstrate the societal benefits of research by:
- Identifying and curating promising models, practices, and evaluation methods for the BI community;
- Expanding engagement in and supporting the development of high-quality BI activities by educating current and future faculty and researchers on effective BI practices;
- Developing the human resources necessary for sustained growth and increased diversity of the BI community; and
- Promoting cross-institutional collaboration on and dissemination of BI programs, practices, models, materials, and resources.
NABI has its roots in the first Broader Impacts Infrastructure Summit held in 2013 at the University of Missouri. BIIS 2013 was the first meeting of the national BI community. It was followed by a second Summit in Arlington, Virginia in 2014. A result of those meetings was the formation of an engaged and active community that was ready to create its own national organization.
NABI was founded in 2014 with co-funding from by the Divisions of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences and Emerging Frontiers in the Directorate for Biological Sciences and by the Division of Chemistry in the Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation (MCB-1408736).
Since its founding, NABI has sponsored three annual summits with 580 participants and held on-site workshops at six universities with 404 participants with 100% of workshop participants surveyed reporting that their knowledge and understanding of broader impacts increased. NABI also produced the Broader Impacts Guiding Principles and Questions for National Science Foundation Proposals and has distributed more than 7,000 copies. Most importantly, membership in NABI has grown from 80 in 2014 to almost 700 members from all 50 states and 8 countries currently.