NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM 11 Case Number: A-03040016 11 Page 1 of 1 On 23 April 2003, we received an allegation that a funded NSF proposal (funded proposal)' contained ideas taken from one or both of two scientists' Collaborative NSF proposals submitted over a 2 year p e r i ~ d .NSFYs ~ Proposal and Award System (database) indicated that the PI on the funded proposal received the most recent Collaborative proposals for review. Consequently, the PI was considered the subject in this case.3 Our review of this matter found that the scientists published two articles4several years after they submitted their most recent Collaborative proposals. These articles, which contained discussions of the ideas presented by the scientists in the most recent Collaborative proposals, were cited in the funded proposal. We also observed that the funded and the most recent Collaborative proposals had different project foci. We concluded that because 1) the scientists' presented their ideas in publications that were appropriately cited in the funded proposal, and 2) the project foci were different for the proposals, there was no substance to the allegation that the subject inappropriately used ideas from the scientists' Collaborative proposals in the funded proposal. This case is closed and no firther action will be taken. proposals for review. ' See footnote 1. NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2003-06-17.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)