A great place to start when thinking about your broader impacts plan is with the Broader Impacts Guiding Principles and Questions, published by the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI). Key points from that document include the following:
According to the current NSF Merit Review Criteria, the following may be considered as broader impacts goals:
It should be emphasized that the above list is not exhaustive, and that it is not necessary (or advisable) to attempt to develop a broader impacts statement that accomplishes all of those goals. Rather, focus on one or two, with an emphasis on conceiving of an achievable, assessable plan that fills a niche, will have impact and is well integrated with the scientific/technological goals of your project.
In developing your broader impacts plan, keep in mind the following five questions, which will be asked by NSF review panels:
With all of that in mind, consider the following steps as you begin the process of developing a broader impacts plan:
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