NABI has its roots in the Broader Impacts Infrastructure Summit of 2013, held 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. A result of those meetings was the formation of an engaged and active community that is ready to create its own national organization.
The goal of NABI 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:
- Identify and curate promising models, practices, and evaluation methods for the BI community;
- Expand engagement in and support the development of high-quality BI activities by educating current and future faculty and researchers on effective BI practices;
- Develop the human resources necessary for sustained growth and increased diversity of the BI community; and
- Promote cross-institutional collaboration on and dissemination of BI programs, practices, models, materials, and resources.