NSF Safe and Inclusive Working Environments for Off-Campus or Off-Site Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires plans for safe and inclusive off-campus or off-site research, effective January 30, 2023.

A written plan is required per the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) 23-1 for NSF-funded research; see NSF PAPPG (2023).

The plan must describe how the following types of behavior will be addressed: 

  • Abuse of any person, including, but not limited to, harassment, stalking, bullying, or hazing of   any kind, whether the behavior is carried out verbally, physically, electronically, or in written form; or 
  • Conduct that is unwelcome, offensive, indecent, obscene, or disorderly.

Action Required: PIs with Off-Campus or Off-Site Research indicated within their statement of work for a NSF proposal will need to sign and submit a plan to their pre-award administrator with Sponsored Research Services (SRS) before SRS will submit the proposal to NSF. Refer to the following guidance from the Office of Sponsored Research Administration and Plan Template.