THE BIR VISION:
To have OU become the most societally relevant, beneficial, and impactful university in the world.
THE BIR MISSION:
Is to help faculty and other investigators link their research, teaching, and public service to transformational outcomes that are relevant to individuals, diverse communities, and society at-large.
BIR VALUE PROPOSITION I:
The Broader Impacts In Research (BIR) Organization is a Proof of Concept (POC) initiative funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR). BIR is the first office of its kind in the nation that demonstrates how and why BI should be conceptualized, operationalized, and institutionalized beyond the requirements of the BI NSF Criterion. Through the development of higher quality broader impacts, higher quality broader impacts programs, higher quality broader impacts portfolios, and BI identity, BIR is able to help all faculty be more impactful in every aspect of their professional careers. One sign of a top university is very impactful faculty. BIR brings value by helping all faculty to be more impactful in what they do, thus helping the institution to strive to be one of the best universities in the nation and the world. BIR attempts to bring this value to the faculty and the institution by initially focusing on increasing academic-industry relationships, increasing the integration of research, teaching, and public service, and increasing broadening participation.
BIR VALUE PROPOSITION II:
The BIR Organization also helps faculty and researchers develop and leverage high-quality broader impacts for proposal applications by:
- Clarifying the formal and informal expectations by a number of Agencies, including NSF, to fulfill Broader Impacts requirements
- Proposing ideas and strategies to help faculty create their own program activities or connect to existing Broader Impacts-related programs in creative and innovative ways.
- Brokering partnerships on and off campus that can help faculty address Broader Impacts requirements
- Collecting and sharing information about Broader Impacts trends and best practices with similar services at other universities
- Facilitating and/or helping faculty find ways to evaluate their proposed Agency Broader Impacts