Community Impacts Toolkit

Research Development

Community Impacts

Funding agencies, federal and private, are increasing their expectations for the integration of diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and justice into funded research. A critical question and component in any research grant proposal today is:  How does your research benefit society? Community impacts – regardless of the name it goes by and which federal agency – can encompass DEIA, energy justice, promoting inclusive and equitable research, community engagement, and workforce development. Whether your proposal requires broader impacts (like NSF), a Community Benefits Plan (like DOE), or something by another name, how you address community impacts can increasingly make or break your proposal. This toolkit provides resources to help PIs plan and write about community impacts within their proposal activities. If you have any questions please reach out to the Research Development Team.

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Explore the toolkit documents by clicking on the files below to find the best resources for your needs.

Justice40 File
DEIA folder
Community Benefits file
Broader Impacts File
Workforce file
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Full toolkit of all shared documents

The following links will bring you to the full toolkit and workshop recordings. You will need to use your Mines login credentials to access all files. 
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J40 & Community Engagement Resources

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposals now include requirements that projects document their approach to community benefits & engagement, diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA), workforce development, and environmental justice. Each funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is unique. Some require separate documents, while others bundle these themes into one umbrella document (such as a Community Benefits Plan). In order to keep the Mines research community current and provide adequate support, Dr. Jessica Smith has compiled the resources in this toolkit. She and others have also provided workshops to help Mines researchers better understand these requirements and how to incorporate this plan into their project effectively. The workshop recordings can be found on our past events webpage or by accessing the toolkit using your Mines credentials.

The material in this toolkit is in no way a replacement for the value and competitiveness you bring to your proposal by adding a social scientist to your project team. Still, this toolkit is designed to help get you started and to understand the complexities of these DOE requirements for your proposal submission. 

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) Resources

Funding agencies, federal and private, are increasing their expectations for the integration of diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and justice into funded research. In order to keep the Mines research community current and provide adequate support, Dr. Amy Landis has designed this section of the Community Impacts Toolkit to provide resources to help guide PIs in better understanding these requirements and how to effectively incorporate and write DEIA proposal activities into their project. Please access the toolkit and view the recorded workshops using your Mines credentials.  

Use this guide to:  

  • Learn about how to construct your DEIA plan
  • Read up on tips on various federal agency requirements
  • Connect with existing programs at Mines
  • Access boilerplate language and templates
  • Browse the DEIA research literature
  • Find a DEIA collaborator
  • Request additional help
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Mines DI&A and the Office of Research and Technology Transfer collaborate on supporting the development and inclusion of DI&A efforts in grant proposals. To request support, please click the link below and fill out the form. The appropriate office will get in touch with you. For needs that are outside the scope of campus-wide DI&A efforts, the Research Development team will route you to an on-campus or off-campus consultant for custom workshops, experts as Co-PIs or Senior Personnel, customized plans, evaluation, and other needs.
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Broader Impacts Resources

The Broader Impacts discussion is a critical component of any proposal submitted to the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF expects researchers’ work to have broader impacts: the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.

One suggested resource is the Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) Broader Impacts Toolkit. This Toolkit includes:  

  • NSF Guiding Principles as a high-level overview of societally relevant outcomes and review criteria specified by NSF
  • Planning Checklist to review the key elements of an effective project proposal
  • Broader Impacts Wizard that will walk you through key steps to building an effective plan
  • Broader Impacts Project Rubric that will help you evaluate your plan
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Did you get what you needed? To help us continuously improve this toolkit please let us know if the toolkit was useful after you’ve explored all the resources in the shared folders.