NSF Off Site Safety Plan
New or renewal proposals to NSF submitted January 30, 2023 or later will require that PIs take an additional step to safeguard participants when engaging in off-campus research activities. Specifically, PIs must create a plan for a safe and inclusive work environment - and distribute that plan to each participant- in advance of departure for an off-campus research activity. NSF instructions can be found in PAPPG.
*All* proposals submitted to the NSF with off-campus or off-site research (as of 30 January 2023) must certify that the organization has a project-specific plan in place for safe and inclusive research. Please note several NSF solicitations issued by the Directorates for Biological Sciences and Geosciences (BIO/GEO) are included in a pilot that will require submission of an SAI Plan for consideration as part of the merit review process in lieu of the organizational plan specified in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.E.9. The SAI Plan is a project-specific 2-page Supplementary Document that will be considered under the Broader Impacts review criterion for any proposal with off-campus or off-site research submitted to a solicitation participating in the BIO/GEO pilot. Please see NSF 23-071 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Preparation and Submission of Plans for Safe and Inclusive (SAI) Working Environments under the BIO/GEO Pilot
OSP has created a template plan that includes instructions, core Dartmouth policies and procedure information as well as fields for PIs to complete their project-specific information.