Discussing Broader Impacts at NSF

Director Donna Cox was one of just 120 participants in NSF's Broader Impacts in Research and Discovery Summit, held in Washington DC from June 21-23, 2010.  Sponsored by the Computer Information Science & Engineering Division (CISE), the summit discussed the five NSF criteria for broadening the impact of research it supports.  Well known to NSF grant applicants, the criteria ask that researchers make a case for how their work will:

  • Advance science while promoting teaching, training and learning
  • Broaden participation of underrepresented groups
  • Enhance infrastructure for research and education
  • Provide broad dissemination to enhance scientific and technological understanding
  • Highlight the benefit to society

The summit's discussion resulted in a new set of review guidelines.

The NSF Building in Washington DC