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NSF Explains “Broader Impacts” Review Criterion

A Dear Colleague Letter from Peter March, the director of NSF’s mathematics division, explains what NSF means by "broader impacts," the National Science Foundation’s second review criterion (along with "intellectual merit"). I see nothing new here, but the fact that thy bothered suggests that substantial numbers of applicants for NSF grants must be getting it wrong. So if you plan to write an NSF grant soon–and if you’re not completely clear about what "broader impacts" are–it’s worth a quick but careful read.

One comment on “NSF Explains “Broader Impacts” Review Criterion”

  1. J. Britt Holbrook

    “A substantial number of applicants for NSF grants must be getting it wrong.” True enough. Anyone interested in this aspect of the “Broader Impacts” Criterion (BIC) — as well as some suggestions for “getting it right” — should explore this site on “Making Sense of the ‘Broader Impacts’ of Science and Technology”:
    There is also another venue for discussing this issue at:
    Finally, see the latest issue of AAAS’s “Professioanl Ethics Report” —

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