About Broader Impacts
All NSF grant proposals are evaluated using two merit review criteria:
1) Intellectual Merit: The Intellectual Merit criterion encompasses the potential to advance knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields;
2) Broader Impacts: The Broader Impacts criterion encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.
Broader impacts for NSF proposals may be accomplished through:
- the research itself,
- activities directly related to specific research projects,
- activities supported by, but complementary to the project.
NSF’s list of societally relevant outcomes (broader impacts) includes:
1. Full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM);
2. Improved STEM education and educator development at any level;
3. Increased public scientific literacy and public engagement with science and technology;
4. Improved well-being of individuals in society;
5. Development of a diverse, globally competitive STEM workforce;
6. Increased partnerships between academia, industry, and others;
7. Improved national security;
8. Increased economic competitiveness of the United States;
9. Enhanced infrastructure for research and education.
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