The National Science Foundation (NSF) states that “NSF projects, in the aggregate, should contribute more broadly to achieving societal goals. These broader impacts may be accomplished through the research itself, through activities that are directly related to specific research projects, or through activities that are supported by, but are complementary to, the project”. As such, broader impacts, along with intellectual merit, is one of the primary criteria used to evaluate all NSF funding applications. Proposals with strongly conceived broader impacts distinguish themselves in the large applicant pool. General broader impacts themes include:
- Building STEM talent
- Innovating for the future
- Improving our society
- Reaching beyond borders
- Engaging a wider audience
Read NSF’s Perspectives on Broader Impacts.
Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research (PIER) Plans
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Science is “committed to supporting diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible work, research, and funding environments that value mutual respect and personal integrity.” This includes promoting people of all backgrounds as a part of its service the public. Diversity in views, expertise, and experience is essential to scientific and technological innovation.
Beginning in DOE Fiscal Year 2023, Office of Science Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and DOE National Lab Announcements will require the submission of a PIER plan as an appendix to the proposal narrative.
- Visit the DOE PIER Plan webpage to learn more
- View Frequently Asked Questions
- Watch a webinar on New FY 2023 Proposal Requirements
Resources for Broader Impacts & PIER Plans
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion resources in the PI Pre-Award ToolBox
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion enhances and strengthens Washington University’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community.
The center’s staff supports and advocates for students from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized populations and creates collaborative partnerships with campus and community members to promote dialogue and social change.
The Institute for School Partnership Designs and models strategic partnerships between K-12 institutions and Washington University that are focused on improving students’ development and success. Engineering faculty may contact Chris Mohr to discuss ideas for and incorporating broader impact and outreach into their proposals.
An international network of individuals and organizations working together to build institutional capacity, advance broader impacts, and demonstrate the societal benefits of research. Click here to download a pdf with some Guiding Principles.