Iowa State's Broader Impacts Resource
SP@ISU serves as a single point of contact on campus to gain knowledge in developing quality Broader Impact programs. SP@ISU helps make connections between researchers and resources on campus to develop and implement Broader Impact plans. The target audience is faculty, postdoctoral research associates, and advanced graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The goal of SP@ISU is to strengthen the professoriate by enabling professional development in STEM, while promoting and enhancing a diverse community of scholars and learners.
The project Summary will contain the following required separate statements: overview of the project, statement on intellectual merit, and statement on broader impacts. Annual and Final Reports must address activities related to the Broader Impacts criterion that are not intrinsic to the research. NSF New Merit Review Criteria: Requirements for Proposals
The Project Description must contain, as a separate section within the narrative, a discussion of the broader impacts of the proposed activities. Broader impacts may be accomplished through the research itself, through the activities that are directly related to specific research projects, or through activities that are supported by, but are complementary to the project. NSF values the advancement of scientific knowledge and activities that contribute to the achievement of societally relevant outcomes: