OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM An allegation was received of apparent plagiarism by the subject' in a proposal submitted to N S F ~ .An inquiry confirmed the apparent duplication of text, and another proposal3 submitted by the subject was also found to contain apparent duplication of unattributed text. An investigation was referred to the subject's university. The investigation committee of the university confirmed the plagiarism in both NSF proposals. However, the copied text was attributed to an individual4 who spent a short time in the subject's research laboratory. Ultimately the university concluded that the subject acted recklessly in copying the text. Consequent university actions include review of the subject's future proposals by a senior faculty member before submission, sessions on research integrity in the new faculty orientation program, and a research integrity program for the graduate student seminar series in several university departments. We concur with the University's conclusion. The relatively small amount of copying involved does not represent a significant departure from accepted practice. A letter to the subject was sent that reminds him of his obligation to adhere to standards of scholarship in the preparation of his future proposals. Other actions taken by the university emphasize the seriousness of this issue to the subject and should be sufficient to protect NSF's interests. Accordingly, this case is closed.
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-02-26.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)