NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM 11 Case Number: A-04050032 11 Page 1 of 1 11 Our office received a concern that the PI (the subject) on an NSF award' employs the subject's spouse2with funds from the NSF award. The allegation was that this was done without the University's knowledge or approval, avoiding concerns about nepotism and conflicts of interest. We learned that the subject's spouse was listed as a participant on the award. We also learned that the original award3to the subject had been to the subject's former institution. When the subject moved to the University from the former institution, the NSF award was officially transferred to the University. At the time the award was transferred, four new participants, one of whom was the subject's spouse, replaced the two original co-PIS. We contacted the University's provost4who confirmed that one of the participants on the transferred award was the subject's spouse. Further, the provost explained that the subject informed the University at the outset that one of the participants was the subject's spouse. The University followed its procedures, evaluating the situation and ensuring that the subject's spouse would be supervised and evaluated separately to avoid any concerns about nepotism or conflicts of interest. This case is closed and no further action will be taken. as the sole PI. award, is the subject's spouse. 'NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02) I I I
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2004-07-21.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)