What are Broader Impacts?
Broader Impacts are one of the two merit criteria by which proposals are evaluated. Applicants are required to include broader impacts in their research proposals. It is possible to meet this requirement in different ways, including:
- The research itself,
- Activities that are directly related to specific research projects, and
- Activities that are supported by but are complementary to the project.
(See the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, Chapter II.C.2.d)
NSF’s “Broader Impacts criterion encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes” (Chapter III.A.2, https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg20_1/pappg_3.jsp).
Five Questions to Address
(Chapter III.A.2, https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg20_1/pappg_3.jsp)