OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENEFL4L OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM 11 - Case Number: A-04060044 Page 1 of 1 On 18 June 2004, we received an allegation that the same ideas in a competing NSF proposal' appeared in the subjects' (subject 1, the PI, and subjects 2,3,4, and 5, the co-PIS)NSF proposal2 under review at the same time. It was alleged these ideas had been stolen from earlier NSF proposals submitted by the PI and co-PISof the competing NSF proposal. Our review determined that the ideas that appeared similar in the competing and subjects' NSF proposals were not unique to either group of investigators. The ideas appeared in the existing scientific literature. Also, we noted that subject 1 had been working in the particular area of research presented in the proposal for over 10 years. There is no substance the alleged intellectual theft of ideas in the subjects' NSF proposal. This I' NSF OIG Fom 2 (1 1/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2004-09-14.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)