Creating Your Connected Project BPC Plan

A Connected Project BPC Plan may be used when each PI will engage in an activity listed in a Verified Departmental BPC Plan from their institution. The document is organized as a 3-page document per institution, where each institution includes a copy of their Verified Departmental BPC Plan (2 pages) and a page describing how the PIs from that institution are participating in it (1 page), as outlined in the Checklist for Connected Project BPC Plans.

Checklist for Connected Project BPC Plans

BPCnet has provided a template for you to create your Connected Project BPC Plan

Each PI selects and describes their involvement in an activity from their institution’s Verified Departmental BPC Plan.

Document structure:

  • The Connected Project BPC Plan is organized by institution, with no more than 3 pages per institution, which are (in order):
    • 2 pages: A copy of the full Verified Departmental BPC Plan
      • See Departmental BPC Plan page for details on Departmental BPC Plans.
      • PIs from multiple departments at a single institution must all use activities from a single Verified Departmental BPC Plan.
      • The Verified Departmental BPC Plan should be exactly the same as the document verified by BPCnet, in the same format with no edits or markup.
      • The Verified Departmental BPC Plan does not need to come from the PI’s home department, but must come from the PI’s home institution.
    • 1 page: A page describing the activities that all PIs from the institution will be engaged in.
      • Each activity has its own section with a brief descriptive title.
        • PIs from a single institution may share activities.
    • For multi-institutional proposals, each institution gets up to 3 pages for a Connected Project BPC Plan.
  • Follows the NSF’s current guidelines on formatting in the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

1. Context and 2. Intended population(s) will be provided in your Verified Departmental BPC Plan, so content for these sections does not need to be repeated here.

  • The Connected Project BPC Plan template includes a placeholder for these sections, signaling to reviewers that the information is covered in the Verified Departmental BPC Plan.

3. Strategy:
NSF CISE defines a meaningful Project BPC Plan as one that can answer positively to the following questions for this section: Does the Plan describe activities that address the goal(s) and intended population(s)? Is there a clear role for each PI and co-PI?

You can address these questions by ensuring that the content in this section does the following:

  • Identifies each activity that the PI(s) will engage in using an identifier from the Verified Departmental BPC Plan that the Project BPC Plan is connected to.
  • Describes the specific actions each PI will take, including frequency/duration/etc of the activity as appropriate.

4. Preparation:
NSF CISE defines a meaningful Project BPC Plan as one that can answer positively to the following question for this section: Does the Plan describe how the PI is prepared (or will prepare or collaborate) to do the proposed work?

You can address this question by ensuring that the content in this section does the following:

  • Designates realistic PI responsibilities based on the preparation of the PIs, which can be demonstrated in several ways.
    • The following are some options for information to include in this section:
      • relevant prior BPC experience
      • a plan for how PIs will receive training if needed
      • a plan for connecting with a BPC expert who will partner with or coach the PIs
      • a resource that articulates and guides the necessary steps

5. Measurement:
NSF CISE defines a meaningful Project BPC Plan as one that can answer positively to the following question for this section: Is there a plan to measure the outcome(s) of the activities?

You can address this question by ensuring that the content in this section does the following:

  • Identifies what data about the activity will be shared in the annual report.
    • This data may be of the activity as a whole or of the PI’s part of it 
    • This data should include some measure of the outcome of the activity. Some intended outcomes may be difficult to measure; in such cases, it is sufficient to measure an intermediate outcome. For example, measuring the demographics of students who receive funding to attend a diversity conference instead of the long-term impact of their attendance.
  • Provides data in the annual report that is sufficient to demonstrate that the PI fulfilled their role in the activity.
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Example Connected Project BPC Plans

[Examples of Connected Project BPC Plans are forthcoming]