NSF Update: Next Steps Against Harassment

Sep 20, 2018
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As the primary funding agency for fundamental science and engineering research in the United States, NSF is committed to promoting safe, productive research and education environments for current and future scientists and engineers.

NSF will not tolerate harassment, including sexual or sexual assault within the agency, at awardee organizations, field sites, or anywhere NSF-funded science and education is conducted.

NSF considers the Principal Investigator (PI) and any co-PI(s) identified on an NSF award to be in positions of trust. The PI, any co-PI(s), and all personnel supported by an NSF award must comport themselves in a responsible and accountable manner during the award period of performance whether at the awardee institution, online, or outside the organization, such as at field sites or facilities, or during conferences and workshops.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will release a term and condition requiring awardee organizations to report findings of sexual harassment. It will be posted in the Federal Register Sept. 21, 2018 and go into effect Oct. 21, 2018.

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