New framework provides guidance for broader impacts in research proposals

A new framework for articulating broader impacts in research proposals is now available from the U.S. National Science Foundation's Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE).

NSF's existing criteria for evaluating research proposals through both intellectual merit and broader impacts remain unchanged. The new framework offers guidance on how researchers can better articulate the potential impacts of their proposed research and how those impacts can lead to benefits for society, including improved quality of life. The framework includes questions for researchers to consider when developing the broader impacts of their research and suggestions on how to explain them.

"By effectively describing a project's potential broader impacts, researchers can help others understand the relevance of that research to their lives," says Arthur Lupia, head of SBE. "As more researchers do this, more people in the U.S. will understand the tremendous and irreplaceable public value of fundamental research in the social, behavioral and economic sciences."

To read the framework, see the Dear Colleague Letter.