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Term and Condition: Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made clear its commitment to foster safe research and learning environments. NSF continues this commitment with the publication on September 21st of the final version of a new term and condition entitled "Notification Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault" in the Federal Register. When incorporated into an NSF award, awardee organizations will be required to notify NSF of any findings/determinations of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault regarding an NSF funded Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI, or of the placement of the PI or co-PI on administrative leave, or the imposition of any administrative action relating to harassment or sexual assault finding or investigation.


To view the full term and condition please view Federal Register Notice.


The term and condition will be effective October 22, 2018. After October 22, 2018, new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing awards will be subject to the new notification requirement.


Please view the Notification Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault FAQs (updated as of February 3, 2021) for additional information on the new requirement.


The table below details the number of notifications submitted by NSF awardee organizations in each fiscal year (October 1-September 30) in which the term and condition has been in effect. OECR updates this information annually in October.

Number of Notifications submitted by NSF awardee organizations
  FY19 FY20 FY21 FY22 FY23 Total
Total T&C Notifications Reported to NSF By Awardee Organizations 12 20 10 21 14 77
Finding/Determination* 6 4 2 5 4 21
Administrative Leave/Action* 6 16 8 16 10 56

* As Reported to NSF

NOTE: The previously reported total number of Administrative Leave/Action notifications submitted to NSF for FY19 and FY22 have been corrected to account for internal accounting/processing errors.


On March 5th, 2018, NSF posted its proposed draft term and condition into the Federal Register for public comment. The Foundation received almost 200 comments, of which we considered and responded to each one. The comments NSF received were helpful in developing the final term and condition.


Authorized Organizational Representatives (AOR)s must use the Term and Condition Required Notification of Harassment form to submit a required notification to NSF. When submitting a report, please note that only the identification of the PI or co-PI is required. Personally identifiable information regarding any complainants or other individuals involved in the matter MUST NOT be included in the notification.

If you have any questions on how to complete the Required Notification of Harassment, please contact


If you are not an AOR of an NSF awardee organization, but would like to report harassment you were subjected to, have witnessed or became aware of involving an NSF-funded program or activity, please contact the NSF Office of Equity and Civil Rights (OECR) at If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 48 hours, please follow up to ensure OECR has received your communication.