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COMING SOON IN JANUARY 2023. For current assistance, please contact CNS_SRI@austin.utexas.edu.

The Broader Impacts (BI) section of NSF proposals addresses how your research will benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes. The six-step guide below helps you draft an impactful BI plan for your proposal, based on resources and strengths unique to the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) and your research group.

The Strategic Research Initiatives team, in partnership with CNS' Office of Public Engagement, Office of STEM Education Excellence, Office of Institutional Research and Analytics, campus community engagement programs, CNS communications and faculty, have contributed to this resource. 

The Six Steps at a Glance

  1. Review BI Fundamentals, Define your BI Identity, and Draft Initial Ideas
  2. Explore Existing Community Engagement Programs for Partnerships
  3. Determine Evaluation Needs
  4. Connect with Potential Partners
  5. Finalize BI Plan and Submit Proposal
  6. Follow-up on Awards and BI Implementation

The Guide also includes:

  • Appendix A: BI Fundamentals 
  • Appendix B: BI Identity 
  • Appendix C: Existing Programs and Evaluation Services
  • Appendix D: Suggested Email Content (for exploring program partnerships)
  • Appendix E: Meeting Discussion Checklist (for exploring program partnerships)


Note that these materials will be revised on an annual basis. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please email CNS_SRI@austin.utexas.edu.