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Congress created the NSF in 1950 as an independent federal agency. . Budget ~$7.0 billion ( 2012) Funding for basic research. National Science Foundation Organization. NSF Director. National Science Board. OBAMA. Subra Suresh (MIT ). Office of the Inspector General.

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Congress created the NSF in 1950 as an independent federal agency.

Budget ~$7.0 billion (2012)

Funding for basic research.

National Science Foundation Organization



National Science Board


Subra Suresh (MIT)

Office of the Inspector General

Directorate for

Biological Sciences

Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Office of Cyberinfrastructure

Directorate for Education & Human Resources

Office of International Science & Engineering

Directorate for


Office of Polar Programs

Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management

Directorate for


Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Office of Information & Resource Management

NSF's Mission - Discovery, learning, research infrastructure and stewardship
  • Provide an integrated strategy to advance the frontiers of knowledge
  • Cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce
  • Expand the scientific literacy of all citizens
  • Build the nation's research capability- advance instrumentation and facilities
  • Support excellence in science and engineering research and education
goals for broader impacts
Goals for Broader Impacts
  • Increase US economic competitiveness
  • Develop a globally competitive STEM workforce.
  • Increase participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM.
  • Increase partnerships of academia and industry.
  • Improve pre-K–12 STEM education and teacher development.
  • Improve undergraduate STEM education.
  • Increase public scientific literacy.
  • Increase national security.
designing broader impacts
Designing Broader Impacts
  • Don’t try to fulfill every BI goal – better to do a good job in one area.
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel – show knowledge of and incorporate institutional or other existing programs – but add your “signature”
  • Integrate with your research – hands on or, conceptually; consider societal relevance
  • Potential for sustainability or dissemination – how any people will be impacted?
  • Consider evaluation/assessment – measures of impact or learning outcomes.
Some Common Reasons BIs are “Dinged”:
  • Educational component is limited to “routine” course development.
  • Project is unrealistically over-ambitious.
  • Integration of education with research is weak or uninspired.
  • Evaluation of educational outcomes not included.
  • No supporting documentation from cooperators (eg. K-12 teachers).
  • No budget requested to support activities.
  • Mechanism to include underrepresented groups is not included.
Some simple, but important things
  • Be sincere. Do not propose what you really don’t want to do. You will need to put your accomplishments in your progress report.
  • Be specific.
  • - Mention students to be involved by name or how you will recruit them (always mention former students by name and outcome).
  • If students are to be involved in research, state their specific role – what data will they actually collect.
  • Treat BI like the rest of your proposal.
  • Start thinking well before the deadline.
  • Talk to your Program Officer.
Examples of Broader Impacts (in brief) published in 2007 are given at: