For Faculty



The OSO offers these resources to Stanford faculty interested in science outreach and the NSF Broader Impacts criterion. We are also available to help faculty develop ideas and partnerships for sharing their research. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions.

Internal Resources

pdf documentGuidelines & Checklist for Hosting Minors in Labs

This packet is meant to be a Job Aid to assist faculty PIs who wish to host minors in their lab outside of a formal Stanford internship program. It was compiled by Stanford’s Office of Science Outreach, in collaboration with Stanford’s Risk Management, Health & Safety, General Counsel and Human Resources offices. It is not intended to provide legal advice. Questions? Kyle Cole, Office of Science Outreach, 650.724.4332 or

For more information about working with minors, visit Stanford's Protection of Minors website.

pdf documentMenu of Outreach Ideas for Faculty

The Office of Science Outreach (OSO) serves Stanford faculty by assisting them in creating outreach project ideas and proposals, identifying potential partners to work with, and facilitating information and resource sharing among all of the University's science outreach programs. In addition, the OSO directs several programs in which Stanford faculty and their students can participate. We hope this menu will stimulate your thinking about outreach activities to meet the Broader Impacts requirements of NSF and other funders and spur you to action!

pdf documentOSO Statement for Facilities Section of NSF Proposals

The NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide requires a statement regarding "Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources" available to researchers and projects for both Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. OSO is a resource to assist faculty with the Broader Impacts components of their proposals. Faculty interested in listing the OSO as a resource in this section are welcome to use the language available here.

Stanford Grant Writing Academy

Stanford's Grant Writing Academy coaches graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in developing and articulating research strategies to tackle important scientific questions. Stanford PIs may access a series of short videos on topics pertinent to grant writing such as How To Approach a Program Officer; Using the Review Criteria to Inform your Fellowship Proposal; Considering the Content, Structure, and Language of the Review Criteria When Writing; Clarity in Scientific Writing, and others. New topics are added periodically.

pdf documentSLAC Public Presentation Guidelines

In the 21st century, it is important for scientists to be able to explain their work to the general public and to groups of people with little scientiļ¬c background. The goals of the SLAC Public Lectures are, then (1) to entertain members of our local community with the amazing ideas and discoveries that the lab is generating, (2) to provide a record at the public audience level of research being carried out at SLAC, and (3) to provide an opportunity for SLAC scientists to hone their skills in communication. We encourage all members of the SLAC community to volunteer to give Public Lectureson their research topics. This invitation includes SLAC users and Stanford scientists who collaborate at SLAC. Those interested in giving a lecture should contact Rachel Isip, theSLAC Outreach and Events Manager (rachel.isip@slac), or Michael Peskin, the chair of the Public Lecture Committee (mpeskin@slac).


NSF Broader Impacts Resources

Broader Impacts Video

As part of Stanford's Grant Writing Academy, OSO Assistant Director Maiken Bruhis presents a 9-minute video addressing NSF's Broader Impacts criterion and provides answers to many frequently asked questions. View it here.

pdf documentBroader Impact Guiding Principles

What does effective BI look like? Faculty, researchers, staff, and administrators agree there is a lack of uniformity in evaluating BI by NSF review panels. With a goal of producing a tool that would result in more clarity and consistency, the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI)  has released this succinct document that is not prescriptive, but gives reviewers the necessary guidance to determine if a BI plan is well structured and likely to be impactful.

pdf documentNSF Perspectives on Broader Impacts

NSF released a new report in November 2014 with a rationale for its focus on Broader Impacts, a summary of the April 2014 Broader Impacts Infrastructure Summit, and some examples of effective BI activities and programs.

pdf documentBroader Impacts Toolkit

NSF seeks outreach activities that address one or more of these Broader Impacts: 

  • Advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning
  • Broaden participation of underrepresented groups
  • Enhance infrastructure for research and education
  • Broaden dissemination to enhance scientific and technological understanding
  • Provide benefits to society.

 Need help generating ideas to fulfill these requirements? Click on the red title above.

Broader Impacts Wizard

The Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) based at Rutgers University developed a Broader Impacts Wizard to help researchers develop a broader impact statement that will satisfy NSF and improve researchers' ability to communicate their science. The BI Wizard provides a user interface that guides users through a series of six well-defined steps necessary for the construction and implementation of a broader impact statement required in research proposals. The goal of this "smart" software, which outputs information based upon selections made by the user, is to help researchers identify their target audience and plan appropriate BI activities, budget, objectives, and evaluation plan. This process culminates in a summary report, including user input and additional supporting information to help plan and draft a broader impact project. Report includes references that can be cited.