Strengthening the Impact of Research (STIR) Program

Overview and Goal

The Strengthening The Impact of Research (STIR) program seeks to enhance NC State’s capacity to design and conduct research with broad impacts on society by creating and supporting the first cohort of NC State Impact Scholars.

This group of 10-12 selected Impact Scholars will attend a series of five, 90-minute workshops in Spring 2021 to strengthen their capacity to create innovative research impacts on society and write more competitive grant proposals. Impact Scholars will also design and implement a project of their own, and conduct a Research Impacts workshop in their department.

With support from the Office of Outreach and Engagement, Impact Scholars will receive $1,000 to support their project expenses.


Participation is open to NC State faculty, postdocs, and research staff who engage in research and want to strengthen the impact of their scholarship. We anticipate selecting Impact Scholars from different colleges as well as different phases in their careers. We will strive to recruit and select a diverse group across disciplines, departments, colleges, career stages, race, and gender. The selection process will also seek to identify participants who have their own initial ideas and plans regarding research broader impacts and are, at the same time, open-minded about ways to improve their work.

Take a look at the Spring 2021 Cohort of Impact Scholars

Selection Criteria

Impact Scholars will be selected to be a diverse set of researchers who have potential to make significant impacts on society and the world through their research and developing a broader impacts identity, with preference given for the following criteria:

  • Commitment to societal impacts of research
  • Focused, clearly expressed need for capacity development
  • Contribution to diversity

Ready to Apply?

Applications are now closed for the 2021 Spring cohort.

Read the full request for applications here.


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