Broader Impacts


NSF Grant Proposal Guide

It may seem like an obvious suggestion, but carefully reviewing the language used in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Grant Proposal Guide is a great first step in grasping NSF’s expectations regarding Broader Impacts.

Merit Review Principles and Criteria

Advancing Research Impact in Society

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $5.2 million grant to fund the Center for Advancing the Societal Impacts of Research (ARIS). The ARIS Center is housed at the University of Missouri and will work with scientists and engagement practitioners to build capacity, advance scholarship, grow partnerships and provide resources to help them engage with and demonstrate the impact of research in their communities and society.

NSF’s Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) – Biennial Report to Congress (2017-2018)

In this report, CEOSE calls on NSF to increase support for place-based, implementation research projects that are grounded in and engage local communities. To realize this more integrative vision for inclusiveness in the STEM enterprise, CEOSE recommends that NSF give increased attention to including diverse community voices across its research and education portfolios through community-driven projects.

COSEE NOW Broader Impacts Wizard

An NSF supported web resource that guides users through developing a Broader Impacts statement that satisfies the NSF review criterion.

Broader Impacts Planner [PDF]

This document comes from Iowa EPSCoR’s Broader Impacts Platform.  It provides a questionnaire to help researchers determine a broader impacts plan that best fits their interests, resources, and project. This document also includes a checklist for making sure a project’s broader impacts meet all necessary and recommended criteria.

NABI Broader Impacts Guide [PDF]

This handout provides questions and guidelines to help researchers develop their Broader Impacts. The handout was developed by a working group from the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI).


SP@ISU collaborated with ISU employee Dr. Elena Cotos from ISU’s Graduate College to put this presentation together in 2013. It provides information and examples on how to write an effective Broader Impacts statement for NSF proposals.

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