New Framework Provides Guidance for Broader Impacts in Research Proposals

A new framework for articulating broader impacts in research proposals is now available from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

NSF’s existing criteria for evaluating research proposals through both intellectual merit and broader impacts remain unchanged. The new framework offers guidance on how researchers can better articulate the potential impacts of their proposed research and how those impacts can lead to benefits for society, including improved quality of life. The framework includes questions for researchers to consider when developing the broader impacts of their research and suggestions on how to explain them.

To read the framework, see Dear Colleague Letter: A Broader Impacts Framework for Proposals Submitted to NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate.