May 23, 2016

…for grant applications and reporting

Funding agencies like the NSF are increasingly asking researchers to document the “broader impacts” of their previous and proposed work. Altmetrics are a good way to do that, as they can help you find and explain how your research is being used by other researchers and the public.

For example, since its introduction, many researchers have found NSF’s “Broader Impacts” requirement challenging to meet. Researchers who produce Broader Impacts plans that include videos or other online materials can use altmetrics and usage statistics to measure their progress towards outreach success.