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6. Articulate Broader Impacts

Education and outreach initiatives provide one “cord” of your broader impacts story in addition to research and diversity cords. Identify how your proposed EWD initiatives have the potential to benefit society and contribute to societally relevant outcomes such as those mentioned in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures guide:

Remember: broader impact statements describe outcomes not logistics. Project logistics belong in your education or EWD plan or research methodology.*

NSF has three required locations for broader impact statements that should reflect all three cords of research, diversity, and education and outreach:

  1. Proposal narrative—Labeled subsection within the narrative that fully describes societal benefits of project activities
  2. Summary—The third textbox on the summary page has a shorter, overview version of the narrative subsection.
  3. Prior NSF Support—Labeled subsections within each required “prior NSF support” report summarizing societal benefits of a prior project.

*A rare exception is if a solicitation, such as in the NSF CISE Cyber-Physical Systems program, specifically requires a broader impacts heading for text that includes both logistics and societally relevant


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