National Science Foundation Broader Impacts

A brief explanation of the National Science Foundation's Broader Impacts requirements for project proposals.

Service for Broader Impacts

UMN Libraries can help grant proposals/reports show impact.  We can generate reports and visualizations on citations, collaborations, policy/patent citations, news mentions, and more.  We are also eager to hear your perspectives on the impact and dissemination of your work. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to participate. Email Andy Herzog at

What are broader impacts?

In addition to the review of the intellectual merit of proposals, the National Science Foundation reviews the merit of each proposal's broader impacts, or how well the proposed activity benefits society or advance desired societal outcomes. Each proposal must include a statement on the potential of a project or activity's impacts and benefits to the society of one's research.

What counts as broader impacts?

  • full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
  • improved STEM education and educator development at any level
  • increased public scientific literacy and public engagement with science and technology
  • improved well-being of individuals in society
  • development of a diverse, globally competitive STEM workforce
  • increased partnerships between academia, industry, and others
  • improved national security
  • increased economic competitiveness of the US; and enhanced infrastructure for research and education

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2024 4:27 PM