r NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL , OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A051 10079 Page 1 of 1 We investigated an allegation fi-om a complainant1that she was listed on an NSF SBIR proposal2 as Principal Investigator (PI) but that she did not give permission for her name to be used as the PI in the proposal, nor did she intend to serve as PI for the proposed project. In addition, the complainant alleged that another consultant3listed on the award, did not know about the proposal, did not intend to participate in the proposed work, and did not provide the letter of support that was in the file. We interviewed the NSF program officers4who received the initial allegations and reviewed the information that they had received from the complainant. According to complainant, she had agreed to serve as a consultant on the project and had voluntarily provided her CV to another collaborator5on that project for that purpose. According to the C E O ~of the company that submitted the proposal, the complainant had previously agreed to serve as PI on the project. We interviewed the consultant identified by complainant as another individual listed on the proposal without h s approval or knowledge. The consultant informed us that he had agreed to consult on the project, that he was actively engaged in a collaboration with the SBIR company that submitted the proposal, and that he had drafted the letter in support of that collaboration. We concluded that complainant's allegations were not supported by a preponderance of the evidence. Therefore, no further OIG action is warranted. Accordingly, this case is closed. I Redacted Redacted Redacted Redacted Redacted Redacted L NSF OIG Fonn 2 (11/02)
Applicant/Grantee/PI False Certification SBIR
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2006-04-04.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)