CHI 2011 SIG: Applying the NSF Broader Impacts Criteria to HCI Research

Juan E. Gilbert, Margaret Burnett, Richard E. Ladner, Mary Beth Rosson, Janet Davis

Broader impacts emerged as a major concern in a recent evaluation of the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Evaluators found that the intellectual merit contributions from the CNS investigators were strong, but broader impacts could (and should) be improved. As a result, a summit was held in Washington, D.C., to clarify and strengthen the broader impacts criteria for computing research. In this SIG meeting, we will discuss the outcomes of this summit, with particular attention to broader impacts in human- computer interaction research.


America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R.5116.ENR)
Provides the full text of the America COMPETES Act. Section 526 concerns the Broader Impacts Review Criterion.
Broader Impacts of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010
Discusses the broader impacts criteria and includes the relevant section of the America COMPETES Act.
Broader Impacts : What, Why, and How
An introduction to the Broader Impacts Criterion.
CISE Broader Impacts
Disseminates slides, videos, and reports from the NSF CISE Broader Impacts Summit that took place in June, 2010.
ICSE 2011 panel on Broader Impacts
Slides from a similar panel on the NSF Broader Impacts criterion at the 2011 International Conference on Software Engineering.
NSF Proposal Processing and Review
Describes current review criteria and process for NSF grant proposals.
National Science Board Task Force on Merit Review
Reports on the activities of this task force, which is charged with evaluating and revising the NSF merit review criteria.
SIGCHI U.S. Public Policy Committee
Provides contact information for committee members along with information about the committee's activites.

Additional news and resources will be posted as they become available.

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Last modified August 10, 2011