Office of Sponsored Programs

Timely Topic: Broader Impacts

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:00 AM - Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:00 AM

The National Science Foundation funded a grant in 2012 to establish the Broader Impacts Network (BIN) at the University of Missouri in response to the NSF's emphasis on the integration of education and outreach into research projects. The BIN's mission is to assist researchers in the development, implementation, and evaluation of high-quality broader impacts activities.

OSP staff watched an informative webinar with the BIN Director and gleaned this advice:

  • BI is here to stay. NSF is putting more resources behind this and it is an important part of panel reviews. Other federal agencies will adopt.
  • PI's must budget appropriately for the costs of a strong BI plan. BI plans must be Achievable, Substantive, Assessable (think evaluator), and Personal to be successful.
  • Of a 15 page project description, set aside "at least 2 pages" to cover your BI and evaluation plan and be specific.
  • For a CAREER grant BI plans are crucial; set aside up to 5 pages.
  • View funded proposals' summary pages to see what has been funded.

Check out the following free resources available to assist you in creating your own Broader Impacts Plan:

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