Broader Impacts

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal research agencies now require researchers to justify not only the “intellectual merit” of their proposed research, but also its “broader impacts.”  On this webpage, CSPD provides information on broader impacts, related requirements, examples, and suggested institutional and community collaboration opportunities to help OSU researchers establish or expand activities with societally relevant impacts.

Although information provided below is based on current NSF guidance, it is designed as a guide to help researchers better understand and address broader impacts; it does not in any way replace the instructions of a specific solicitation or NSF’s NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide 2017.

Topics in this webpage 

1.      About Broader Impacts

2.      NSF Merit Review Criteria

3.      Examples of Broader Impacts

4.      Addressing Broader Impacts in an NSF Proposal

5.      Potential Collaborators for Broader Impacts Activities

6.      Resources for Broader Impacts

For more information and assistance, please contact Dr. Nani Pybus in the Center for Stategic Proposal Development (