Broader Impacts

Broader Impacts refers to the potential for a research project to benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes. They are described as a priority area in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) current strategic plan, but NSF is not the only funding agency with a Broader Impacts requirement.

This requirement extends beyond those conducting scientific research to also include grant applicants in the fields of the social sciences, humanities and the arts. Many funders are asking their reviewers to assess the quality of a project's outreach and educational activities, public engagement or cross-institutional collaborations.

National Alliance for Broader Impacts

Planning Your Broader Impacts Activities (Penn State)

CFDE Resources for Community Engaged Learning

Center for Advancing Research in Society

NSF's Perspectives on Broader Impacts

Webinar: Community Engagement and "Broader Impacts" for STEM Fields