Revised Grant Proposal Guide for 2016

A revision of the Grant Proposal Guide will be in effect on January 25, 2016. Note – the revisions apply to all proposals due on or after January 25th.

You can access the 2016 GPG here:

Read about the changes & clarifications to the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (which includes the GPG) here:

Remember, when the instructions in a solicitation differ from the GPG, the solicitation is what you should follow. If you have any questions regarding what guidelines to follow, don’t hesitate to contact the Program Director/Officer for the program to which you are applying. Contact information is always listed on the Program Summary page.

NSF Broader Impacts

Last updated: 4/20/2016

Are you looking for information about the Broader Impacts Merit Review criterion? Not sure what qualifies as a Broader Impacts activity? Check out these resources and then take a quiz to test your Broader Impacts smarts!

Here’s where to find information about Broader Impacts from NSF:

The NSF Office of Integrative Activities Broader Impacts web page:

Office of Integrative Activities web page

Scroll down on the OIA page and you’ll see a list of related web pages:

OIA web page related links

The Broader Impacts Perspectives brochure can be downloaded as a .pdf. The brochure includes highlights from the Broader Impacts Infrastructure Summit and examples of Broader Impacts activities.

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If you are planning to submit a proposal to NSF, be sure to follow the instructions in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The GPG is part of the current NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPP), publication number NSF 16-001 (aka 16-1) dated January 25, 2016: (Significant changes and clarifications from the previous guide can be found here:

The GPG includes important information about the Broader Impacts and Intellectual Merit Merit Review criteria in a few different places: the Project Summary section (IIC2b), the Project Description section (IIC2di), and the Merit Review Principles and Criteria section (IIIA).

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The Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) is part of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPP).


Review the resources above and come back and take our Broader Impacts quiz!

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True or false, your research itself must fulfill the broader impacts review criterion








Remember to share your stories about Broader Impacts activities with your Program Officer and via email to broaderimpacts[at]

Related documents and resources:

NSF-funded National Alliance for Broader Impacts (supported by awards MCB-1408736, MCB-1313197, and IIA-1437105)

NSF Broadening Participation Portfolio:

NSB-2015-14: Report to the National Science Board on the National Science Foundation’s Merit Review Process FY 2014 (May, 2015)

NSB-2015-19: National Science Board Resolution on NSF and the National Interest (May 6, 2015)

NSF Important Notice No. 137 (IN-137): New Steps to Enhance Transparency and Accountability at the National Science Foundation (Jan 13, 2015)

Press Release (14-163): National Science Foundation updates transparency and accountability practices (Dec 3, 2014)