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Broader Impact Support and Resources


The focus of proposal support from the Outreach office involves development of broader impact (BI) statements and management of the programs and partnerships to facilitate their outcomes.

What are Broader Impacts?
NSF evaluates proposals through the lenses of intellectual merit and broader impact criteria. Broader impact refers to the potential the work has to benefit society, to further educational horizons and knowledge of the general public, and to create a sustainable future for STEM research. 

According to the NSF, a well-written BI statement "should include activities that are clearly described; have a well-justified rationale; and demonstrate creativity or originality, or have a basis in established approaches. The proposer should have a well-organized strategy for accomplishment of clearly stated goals; establish the qualifications of those responsible for the activities; and demonstrate sufficient resources for support. A plan should be in place to document the results."

Support from the Office might include:

  • formulating BI/outreach plans that are well aligned with proposed research and faculty interests
  • identifying and tapping into existing infrastructure and programming to align with the proposal
  • catalyzing and coordinating external partnerships
  • once funded, coordinating and supporting programming, communication, and impact evaluation

Developing a broader impacts or outreach plan that is well suited to faculty interests, time and resources is a collaborative effort. Ideally, investigators should contact Outreach as soon as they begin work on a proposal that requires a broader impacts or outreach component. More lead time will result in a better proposal.

Proposals are encouraged to meet at least one or two of the major strands of the broader impact parameters:

  • Building STEM talent
  • Innovating for the future
  • Improving our society
  • Reaching beyond borders
  • Engaging a wider audience


The National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) guiding principles document can help frame a solid approach to developing a well-crafted BI statement.

The COSEE Broader Impact Wizard is a handy online tool that you can use to satisfy NSF II criterion addressing specific areas throughout the creation of the BI statement, from audience identification through to evaluation. 

Logic models can enhance and clarify your proposal. This site has some helpful hints on making the most of them.

For more information, and to arrange a consultation to create and manage an effective BI statement, please email Amanda Skinner.

Working With Minors
Outreach provides faculty with starting information regarding working with minors. This information is intended to support faculty in getting started with the paperwork and guidelines for working with minors, especially intended to ensure faculty have the time and resources needed to focus on the outreach activities. Starting documents include:
Faculty Protocol: Research Internships for Non-Dartmouth Students
Waivers, Releases, and Indemnification

Other Campus Offices Supporting Grant Writing and Submission

The Office of Sponsored Projects serves as a central resource to support the research enterprise at Dartmouth by providing guidance and stewardship for the research community and the College. 

GrantGPS Funded by the Offices of the President and the Provost, and directed by Dean Madden, PhD, Vice Provost for Research, GrantGPS aims to help you navigate the grant writing experience. 

Finding Funding

  • The OSP maintains a list of resources for funding on their site, including information about PIVOT
  • The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations lists current external foundation funding opportunities
  • Funding for Early Career Funding opportunities can be sourced from the following programs:

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): Young Faculty Award

Office of Naval Research: Young Investigator Program

NIH New and Early Stage Investigators

NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

NSF Plant Genome Research Program

U.S. Department of Energy Early Career 


Last Updated: 1/24/18