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Broader Impacts Wizard

The Broader Impacts Wizard will help you develop a broader impacts plan that will satisfy the National Science Foundation (NSF) Broader Impact requirements and fulfill your interest in communicating your science.

The quick and easy process will help frame discussions with your BI partner(s) to produce an outline of important points to include in your NSF proposal.

Note, as you go through the Wizard, there are questions you can answer to save your thoughts. This information is only saved locally in your web browser and is not shared with our server. When you are done, you can copy all your work from the summary page. This will give you the notes you need to continue your work on the Broader Impact elements of your proposal.

This site is brought to you by the Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) and Rutgers University.


The BI Wizard provides support in defining the key elements of an effective BI plan. The Wizard will help researchers answer these important questions:

  • Who will I work with?
  • How and where will I work with them?
  • What effective practices support my proposed approach?
  • How will I know if I have been successful/effective?
  • And how much will all this cost?

The BI Wizard provides guidance based on the experience of ARIS BI professionals. Please watch the video for more information about the BI Wizard and an introduction to constructing effective BI projects.


The NSF expects all Principal Investigators to communicate the societal benefits of their research. Broader Impacts activities can take many forms and range in scope and duration. For example they can occur through the:

The BI Wizard presents several considerations and provides an interactive worksheet to assist with constructing a BI plan for a proposal.

Let's get started!

Start anywhere in the cycle to develop a strong BI plan.

Who will I engage?
Finding Partners and Determining your Target Audience

Determine who you want to reach with your BI efforts and how you can have a positive impact.

How much will this cost?
Developing your Budget

Brainstorm the resources will you need to achieve your objectives and develop a viable budget.

How is my research relevant to society?

Explore a range of BI options supported and encouraged by NSF.

How will I know if my BI project is successful?

Explore evaluation strategies for your BI project.

Pulling it all together

Use our interactive worksheet to draft an outline for your BI plan.