Tools and Strategies

Create Your Broader Impacts Plan Event Archive & Resources Guiding Questions to Develop Broader Impacts Identity Broader Impacts Evaluation Tools

  • Must focus on underrepresented minorities in STEM
  • Has to be novel/unique
  • Cannot involve existing partnerships
  • Must hire professional evaluator to review BI
  • BI expectations are similar across NSF directorates (they vary! – best to check with program officer)

The Broader Impacts Network (BIN) is CU Boulder’s central campus source connecting the research and creative works community with the partners, tools, and resources needed to successfully develop and implement socially significant broader impacts. 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) prioritizes broader impact and intellectual merit in every proposal for funding. NSF defines broader impacts as “the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.”

CU Boulder's BIN strives to enhance the quality of proposals through facilitating compelling and comprehensive broader impacts. 

Broader Impacts Partners

There are a variety of partners on campus to support your broader impacts activities. Please use the audience, program type and discipline tool below to select which partner is most suitable for your broader impact needs. Please note that only one option may be selected: audience, program type or discipline.

The list below is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. If you are aware of broader impacts support not listed, please email

If you have a need not listed or are interested in community partnerships, contact the Office of Outreach & Engagement at