NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT NIEMORANDUM Case Number: A06030009 11 Page 1 of 1 We reviewed a proposal' for which we had an allegation that it contained text plagiarized from a review article. We identified text from a second potential source document and contacted the PI^ and CO- PI^ individually for their comments. They responded in a joint letter, which indicated that the Co-PI had written the section of the proposal containing the questioned text. The Co-PI is recent Ph.D. in her first postdoctoral position, and this was her first time writing for an NSF proposal. Citations to the source documents were meager, and they did not distinguish the copied text from their own original text. The PI and Co-PI appeared to have a well-established collaborative relationship with the author of one of the sources, who also assisted the PI and Co-PI in the preparation of the proposal. Given these circumstances and the small amount of text involved, we have written them suggesting that they be more careful in future proposals. No further action is warranted. Accordingly, this case is closed. II 111 NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2006-05-12.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)