BROADER IMPACTS MUST BE ADDRESSED IN
PROJECT SUMMARY AND PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Intellectual merit of the proposed activity and
the BROADER IMPACTS resulting from the proposed activity must
be addressed explicitly in separate statements in both the project
summary and project description. While Investigators routinely
address the Intellectual Merit criterion, treatment of Broader
Impacts has been inconsistent. Examples of activities likely to
demonstrate broader impacts can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf022/bicexamples.pdf.
NSF has begun returning without review proposals that do not
separately address both merit review criteria. To avoid this fate,
please make certain that both criteria have been addressed.