Course Details

Broader Impacts for NSF Proposals

All proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation are evaluated on two criteria: their intellectual merit and their broader impacts. While intellectual merit refers to the project’s potential to increase scientific knowledge, broader impacts addresses the project’s potential to benefit society. Because there are more high-quality proposals submitted than the NSF could possibly fund, broader impacts is an essential part of a competitive proposal. Dr. Renoe covers the five broader impact merit review questions in the NSF grant proposal guide and includes an assessment that will be helpful as you write your broader impacts sections for your proposals.

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Course Author

image of Dr. Susan Renoe, Director, University of Missouri

Instructor: Dr. Susan Renoe, Director, University of Missouri

Dr. Susan Renoe is Director of the Broader Impacts Network at the University of Missouri and Principle Investigator of the NSF-funded National Alliance for Broader Impacts. She received her BA and MA in Anthropology and her PhD in Education. Before beginning her work with the Broader Impacts Network, Dr. Renoe served as the Assistant Director of the MU Office of Undergraduate Research and served as program coordinator for the Exposure to Research for Science Students (EXPRESS) Program, which provides laboratory experiences for underrepresented groups in the life sciences.

Course Overview

Duration: 1 hour

  • Exploring the concept of Broader Impacts and its various aspects and implications
  • Explaining how to effectively communicate Broader Impacts in writing a grant proposal
  • Explore the five Broader Impact merit review questions and guiding principles
  • Demonstrate how to support Broader Impacts development and build capacity within your institution

Certificate of completion

  • Earn 1 PDH

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