NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM I Case Number: A05080061 Page 1 of 1 Our office investigated an allegation that an NSF proposal contained text copied from several sources. The subject' ascribes the copied text in the proposal2 to a doctoral student who assisted in the preparation of the proposal. We contacted the student, who had moved overseas, and confirmed his involvement in preparation of the proposal, and his provision of text without proper citation or reference. We also found a small amount of copied text in a second proposal.3 The text is accompanied by a reference to its source, but there is no citation for the directly copied words and no quotation marks around them. The subject claims that the appearance of the reference the subject made clear that he was not claiming credit for the work described. Although the subject's actions represent a questionable research practice, we determined that the facts in this case do not rise to the level of research misconduct. We wrote to the subject sternly recommending that he invoke the highest scholarly standards in his future NSF proposals. Accordingly, this case is closed. ' Redacted Redacted 3 Redacted NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-02-22.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)