Broader Impacts Plan Rubric

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This rubric is designed to help you evaluate a BI plan.

The rubric can be used in two ways:

  • Reviewers participating in the review process can use the rubric to assess the rigor and quality of a proposed BI plan. Please review NSF’s Proposal Awards Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for specific solicitation guidelines. Panelists should use this rubric in combination with their own experience and judgment.
  • Grant writers can use this rubric as guidance for writing a BI statement. We encourage grant writers to explore their own career goals and objectives and carefully consider the research impacts they would like to achieve.

You can practice using the rubric with a case study example in our BI Rubric Tutorial.

Cautionary Note: BI projects might vary greatly based on the solicitation requirements, the needs of the partners and audience engaged, and the resources of the proposing institution. This rubric is designed to provide general guidance about a BI project’s level of feasibility, and completeness. It is not meant to devalue creativity and uniqueness, but rather to help promote understanding and rigor of the limitless possibilities available with BI.

ARIS BI Plan Rubric

To assess your Broader Impacts plan, step through each of the five key questions on the following pages.

For each criteria shown, select (click on) the box with the statement that best describes your current plan.

If you wish, you can give your assessment a quick title for printing later.

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This rubric was developed with support by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. (OIA-1810732). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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