NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL 0 OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS Ill CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM 11 Page 1of 1 I n March, a Program Manager informed us a P I had listed manuscripts i n his proposal1 as submitted to named journals when they were not. We reviewed the proposal and noted the proposal listed submitted manuscripts i n several places: one in the Project Description, which was repeated i n the PI'S and co-PI'S Biographical Sketches (they were co-authors on this m a n u ~ c r i p t ) .The ~ PI'S Biographical Sketch also listed a second manuscript3 as submitted to a named journal. We wrote to the PI and co-PI and asked them to provide a n explanation and proof the two manuscripts had been submitted to the indicated journals at the time the proposal was submitted. The co-PI responded she was unaware of the manuscript's status a t the time of submission, and the PI was responsible for listing it i n her Biographical Sketch. The P I admitted he wrote the proposal, including both Biographical Sketches, and denoted the manuscripts a s submitted i n the proposal and Biographical Sketches. He took full responsibility, stating neither the co-PI, nor anyone at the submitting university knew of this. The PI acknowledged the manuscripts were not submitted to the named journals when the proposal was submitted to NSF; however, they had been previously submitted to other journals. He said they were rejected from the other journals, and he planned to submit them to the journals named in the proposal before the proposal submission, but did not do t h a t i n time. He said he had since submitted them to the named journals. He provided documents to support most of his assertions. The PI h a s admitted he inappropriately listed the manuscripts i n his proposal submission to NSF. However, rather t h a n not existing, these manuscripts had been previously submitted to different journals. We sent the PI a warning letter reminding him all the information i n his proposal should be accurate. Accordingly, this case is closed.
Falsification in Proposal/Progress Rpt
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-01-26.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)