This guide provides information to researchers preparing NSF grant proposals and focuses on the Broader Impact criterion section of grant application.
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Broader impacts have been considered as part of the merit review of proposals since the 1960s. The criterion became a separate and distinct part of NSF proposals in 1997.
The purpose of the broader impact review criterion is to show that a proposed project has the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes. Assessment of broader impacts must be described in grant proposals.
Broader impacts may be accomplished
NSF recommends 9 areas as broader impact targets:
Education and Infrastructure
Industry and Competitiveness