As of April 18th, you are required to submit a plan for Safe and Inclusive Working Environments (SAI Plan) with proposals to the MCB core solicitation that include off-site work.
There are some caveats and more details outlined in the FAQ, but, for the most part, if you are conducting off-site or off-campus research and you are submitting to certain programs within BIO/GEO (see the current list here), you need to have your 2-page supplementary document uploaded with your submission.
As a reminder, this document must address the following four sections:
a brief description of the field setting and unique challenges for the team;
the steps the proposing organization will take to nurture an inclusive off-campus or off-site working environment, including processes to establish shared team definitions of roles, responsibilities, and culture, e.g., codes of conduct, trainings, mentor/mentee mechanisms and field support that might include regular check-ins, and/or developmental events;
communication processes within the off-site team and to the organization(s) that minimize singular points within the communication pathway (e.g., there should not be a single person overseeing access to a single satellite phone); and
the organizational mechanisms that will be used for reporting, responding to, and resolving issues of harassment if they arise.
NSF has announced the “Taking Action: COVID-19 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Challenge,” an ideas challenge for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs). The challenge is designed to highlight the need for institutional solutions to mitigate the long-term, negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Because the issues impacting STEM undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty vary, the challenge is divided into four categories:
STEM undergraduates at community and technical colleges;
STEM undergraduates at four-year institutions;
STEM graduate students and postdoctoral researchers; and
Each category will have first-, second-, and third-place cash winners and may include up to 10 honorable mention designees.
All eligible IHEs are encouraged and invited to submit descriptions of institutional actions that have been implemented, or will be implemented, such as new and revised policies, procedures, and practices to ensure continued progress toward more diverse, equitable, and inclusive STEM higher education programs and institutions. Submissions from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and community and technical colleges are particularly encouraged in all challenge categories for which they are eligible. IHEs do not need to have a grant from NSF to submit to this challenge.
You can find more information and apply for this challenge on Challenge.gov.