NSF Biological Sciences Directorate discusses broader impacts

We’re pleased to reblog this Bio Buzz post.  Bio Buzz is the blog of the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences, Office of the Assistant Director.


Are you looking for information about the Broader Impacts merit review criterion? Not sure what qualifies as a Broader Impacts activity? Check out these resources and then take a quiz to test your Broader Impacts smarts!

Here’s where to find information about Broader Impacts:

The NSF Office of Integrative Activities Broader Impacts web page: http://go.usa.gov/3MdBV

Screenshot from NSF Office of Integrative Activities Broader Impacts web page. Text: Home. Funding. Awards. Discoveries. News. Publications. Statistics. About NSF. FastLane. National Science Foundation. Office of Integrative Activities (OIA). Quick Links. Search. Broader Impacts. Improving Society. Workforce.

Scroll down on the OIA page and you’ll see a list of related web pages.

Screenshot from bottom of NSF OIA website broader impacts page. Text: Related Websites: Broader Impacts. Perspectives Brochure. 2014 Broader Impacts Infrastructure Summit. NSF Director Dr. France Cordova's speech at the 2014 Broader Impacts Infrastructure Summit. NSF Office of Integrative Activities. Share your stories about broader impacts at broaderimpacts@nsf.gov.

The Broader Impacts Perspectives brochure can be downloaded as a .pdf. The brochure includes highlights from the Broader Impacts Infrastructure Summit and examples of broader impacts activities.

Cover of Broader Impacts Perspectives brochure. Text: Perspectives on Broader Impacts. National Science Foundation.

If you are planning to submit a proposal to NSF, be sure to follow the instructions in the Grant Proposal Guide (“GPG”). The current (as of 10/2/2015) GPG is NSF 15-001 (aka 15-1) dated December 26, 2014: http://go.usa.gov/3Mdqm.

The GPG includes important information about the Broader Impacts and Intellectual Merit merit review criteria in a few different places: the Project Summary section (IIC2b), the Project Description section (IIC2di), and the Merit Review Principles and Criteria section (IIIA).

Screenshot from NSF Grant Proposal Guide web page. Text: National Science Foundation. Where Discoveries Begin. Quick Links. Search. Home. Funding. Awards. Discoveries. News. Publications. Statistics. About NSF. FastLane. PAPPG - Introduction. A. About the NSF. B. Foreward. C. Acrnonym List. Definitions. NSF Organizations. PAPPG - Table of Contents. Grant Proposal Guide. NSF 15-1 December 26, 2014. GPG - Table of Contents. GPG - Printable Version. Significant Changes and Clarifications to the PAPPG. Pre-Submission Information. NSF Proposal Preparation and Submission. NSF Programs and Funding Opportunities. Categories of Funding Opportunities. Dear Colleague Letter. Program Description.

Review the resources above and come back and take our Broader Impacts quiz!
(Click images to enlarge.)

Quiz slide. Text: True or False? Your research itself must fulfill the broader impacts merit review criterion.

Answer

Quiz slide. Text: True or False? Broader Impacts activities must include one or both of the following: engagement with K-12 classroom teachers and/or students. Inclusion of women and/or minority undergraduate or graduate students or postdocs in the research project.

Answer

Quiz slide. Text: True or False? Mentoring activities provided to postdoctoral researchers supported on the project are evaluated under the Broader Impacts review criterion.

Answer

Quiz slide. Text: True or False? Your Data Management Plan cannot be considered under the Broader Impacts review criterion.

Answer

Remember to share your stories about Broader Impacts activities with your Program Officer and via email to broaderimpacts[at]nsf.gov.


Source: Broader Impacts

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