Guiding Principles for Broader Impact Plans

This is a guide to help provide consistency in the way review panels evaluate and rate broader impact plans. Researchers, NSF program managers, proposal reviewers, and review panels would find this tool useful, especially the guiding questions under each of the main questions.

What our reviewers had to say

I think it’s a great tool and have found it useful as a guide when writing grant proposals. I also used it when I first joined the broader impact community to fully understand the scope of what “Broader Impacts” means.

There is a great set of questions that domain experts unfamiliar with broader impacts can use to review and evaluate a NSF proposal; this tool should be provided at NSF panel reviews. This tool is simple enough to be useful but has enough detail to help the user think hard about the right topics.

This tool was supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OIA-1810732 and MCB-1408736