NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM 11 Case Number: A05040020 11 Page 1 of 1 During a proactive review of REU site awards for compliance with NSF policies, procedures, and regulations for research with living organisms, we identified an award' involving both human subjects and vertebrate animals but failing to provide the proper designations and approval information on the proposal coverpage. In response to our inquiry, the institution2noted that the lack of information on the coverpage was a "clerical oversight." At our suggestion, the institution conducted its own internal review of its eighty-nine active awards and proposals for compliance, finding that nine active awards and six pending proposals contained errors. In one instance, an active award had been executed without the appropriate Institutional Review Board consideration. The institution submitted letters to the appropriate NSF divisions to update the status of its research with living organisms under the NSF awards. The institution also modified its internal compliance procedures to facilitate greater communication between its pre- and post-award administration units as well as instituted periodic reviews for compliance. The institution's step appear adequate at this time to prevent future "clerical oversights." Accordingly, this case is closed. I' NSF OIG Form 2 ( 1 1/02)
Human Subject Reg. Violations
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2006-01-30.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)