Sneak Preview: NSF Promotes Family-Friendly Policies in Research

October 27, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(This post is based on an upcoming article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) In September, the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched the NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative, a 10-year plan to provide greater work-related flexibility to women and men in research careers.

Under the initiative, the NSF will allow researchers to delay or suspend their grants for up to one year to care for a newborn or newly adopted child or fulfill other family obligations. “Too many young women scientists and engineers get sidetracked or drop their promising careers because they find it too difficult to balance the needs of those careers and the needs of their families,” said Subra Suresh. “This new initiative aims to change that so that the country can benefit from the full range and diversity of its talent.”

The initiative stems from the work of NSF’s Family-Friendly Policies Working Group, which was charged with developing family-friendly policies and program opportunities to promote a vital U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce.

More on this article will be available in the November issue of the Federal Grants Management Handbook.

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