“Broader Impacts should be viewed as an opportunity for us to apply the creativity that we exercise with intellectual merit to identifying and articulating how the results of our research have the potential to benefit society and to contribute to the achievement of a growing list of desired societal outcomes. Broader Impacts exhorts us to go beyond our traditional notions. . .to actively promoting the contributions of our scientific knowledge to policy, our economy, our culture, and pressing societal needs.”

– Robert Frodeman, et al.

Broader Impacts

Broader Impacts is one of two review criteria that all NSF proposals are evaluated against. The Broader Impacts criterion encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievements of specific, desired societal outcomes.

Some Broader Impacts considerations include . . .

  • Promote teaching, training, and/or learning
  • Enhance infrastructure for research and education
  • Broaden participation of underrepresented groups
  • Broad dissemination and results

These efforts towards Broader Impacts must be clearly articulated and labeled in NSF CAREER proposals. Check here for Broader Impacts Review Criteria.

Check here for more information on the NSF Broader Impacts initiative.

Contact Meghan Suter ([email protected]) for more information.

RAO facilitates partnerships with internal and external partners with insights into Broader Impact partnerships:

Peter Nelson Alliance Partnership; Past NSF CAREER recipient [email protected]
Andrew Warnock CNS Education & Outreach Center [email protected]
Adam Pearlman Little Shop of Physics [email protected]
Julie Maertens CSU STEM Center [email protected]
Karen Falkenberg TILT [email protected]
Bridgette Johnson CSU MURALS; B/AACC [email protected]
Aaron Benally Diversity Programs in Engineering; COE Outreach [email protected]
Anne Cleary Former NSF PO [email protected]
Brian Jones Little Shop of Physics [email protected]
Ernie Chavez CSU STEM Center [email protected]
Gilbert John Former NSF PO [email protected]
Kate Huyvaert & Kim Kita Todos Santos/Study Abroad [email protected]; [email protected]
Oscar Felix Associate VP for Diversity [email protected]
Tammi Vacha-Haase Graduate Center for Diversity & Access [email protected]
Becki Atadero Exploring Inclusive Engineering Identities through Curriculum Change [email protected]
Troy Holland Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers [email protected]
Melissa Burt ESMEI REU [email protected]
Jamie Neilson Chemistry REU [email protected]
Melissa Burt Teen Science Cafe [email protected]