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:
Department of Defense Funding and Grant Writing Workshop
Mark your calendars! The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will be hosting a funding and grant writing workshop for all faculty and staff in Duke University and the School of Medicine. The workshop, focusing on the world of DoD funding, will be held on Monday, June 26 from 8 AM-12 PM at the Duke South Amphitheatre. Register here! Please email Maggie Crumbo for more information, email@example.com.
Investment in basic scientific research can support economic growth
Many companies, including small businesses, can benefit from basic science research. The Science Coalition recently released a report highlighting how federally funded basic scientific research can stimulate economic growth.
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