The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has unveiled a new term and condition to affirm its commitment to promoting safe, productive research and education environments for current and future scientists and engineers. The new term and condition will be effective for:
- Any new award made on or after October 21, 2018
- Any funding amendment to an existing award made on or after October 21, 2018
This new NSF term and condition is the responsibility of the awardee organization, UH. Accordingly, at this time, researchers do not have any additional obligations under this new term and condition.
Recognizing that Principal Investigators (PI) and any co-PI(s) identified on an NSF award are in positions of trust, the new term and condition will require awardee organizations, including UH, to:
- Notify NSF of any findings/determinations of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault regarding an NSF funded PI or co-PI.
- Notify NSF if the PI or co-PI is placed on administrative leave or if the awardee has imposed any administrative action on the PI or any co-PI relating to any finding/determination or an investigation of an alleged violation of awardee policies or codes of conduct, statutes, regulations, or executive orders relating to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault.
The award term and condition specifies the procedures that will be followed by NSF upon receipt of a notification.
To comply with the new NSF term and condition, a temporary protocol was established through collaboration between the Office of Institutional Equity, the System EEO/AA Office, the System Office of Human Resources, the Legal Affairs and University General Counsel Office, and the Office of Research Services. The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii was also notified of this temporary protocol.
Please note that this is a temporary measure pending a more detailed implementation plan that will need to go through the appropriate consultation process. A copy of the temporary protocol is attached.
Please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at email@example.com if you have any questions.