In February, as part of a statement from NIH leadership on addressing sexual harassment in science, we encouraged the community to notify us about specific concerns by sending an email to GranteeHarassment@od.nih.gov. We received dozens of notifications through this channel and are taking each one seriously. We are working with the supported institutions to address these concerns and to assure that NIH-funded activities are conducted in a safe and harassment-free work environment.
As part of our continued efforts, we are pleased to announce a new webform that allows for anybody in the biomedical research community to share information related to a potential case of sexual harassment directly and, if desired, anonymously, to NIH. The establishment of this webform, in tandem with other actions, is taken as part of our continuing commitment to address the underlying culture that enables sexual harassment to take place.
For additional information and resources, please see NIH’s Anti-Sexual Harassment website.
We appreciate hearing from all those affected by this issue. NIH can and will follow up on all concerns related to NIH-funded research submitted through this resource. We also strongly encourage individuals to report allegations of sexual harassment or assault to the appropriate authorities, which may include local police department and/or organization/institution equal employment opportunity or human resources offices.