Create a broader impacts plan

Every proposal submitted to NSF must contain a Broader Impacts (BI) plan, including a brief summary of the key elements of the BI plan in the one-page Project Summary, and a longer 1–2-page description of BI activities in the Project Description in a section labeled “Broader Impacts.” 

The ARIS Broader Impacts Toolkit is designed to assist researchers in developing high-quality BI plans. The Toolkit consists of four tools that help researchers align their intended impacts with NSF priorities, identify the five questions that every BI plan must address, develop draft BI plans, and assess the quality of their plans. 


Contact Miles McNall ( for assistance with any of the Toolkit tools or for feedback on your BI plan.