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What is community engaged research?

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a form of community engaged research, involving a collaborative approach for participation, shared decision-making, and mutual ownership in all aspects of the research process by communities affected by the issue being studied, researchers, and organizational representatives (developed from AHRQ Publication No. 04–E022-2: Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, July 2004).

Broader Impacts refers to the potential for a research project to benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes. Those outcomes include, but are not limited to:

  • full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities;
  • improved education and educator development at any level;
  • increased public engagement;
  • improved well-being of individuals in society;
  • development of a diverse, globally competitive workforce;
  • increased partnerships between academia, industry, and others;
  • improved national security;
  • increased economic competitiveness of the United States; and
  • enhanced infrastructure for research and education

Broader Impacts are described as a priority area in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) current strategic plan, but NSF is not the only funding agency with a Broader Impacts requirement. This requirement extends beyond those conducting scientific research to also include grant applicants in the fields of the social sciences, humanities and the arts. Many funders are asking their reviewers to assess the quality of a project's outreach and educational activities, public engagement or cross-institutional collaborations.