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Broader Impact Statements

The broader impact of your work is becoming increasingly important to federal granting agencies. The NSF specifically requires that a portion of your grant narrative address broader impacts, and other agencies, including the NEH and the Department of Education, are also expecting more public impact from your research. There are many opportunities to share your research throughout the life of your grant in addition to publication and other post-funding deliverables.

Your broader impact statement should inform reviewers of the staying power and applicability of your research. When writing your broader impact statement, be as specific and straightforward as possible. Describe any programs, departments, institutions or organizations that align with or may benefit from your research, and include specific ways that your research could be applied. Consider both academic and non-academic means of sharing your research as well as how your research could be generalized or reimagined for future projects by you or others.

Questions to Consider

Examples and Resources

Opportunities for Broader Impact

As your write your broader impact statement, think about how you might implement your research findings by:

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