NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF WSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A06070030 Page 1 of 1 The complainant1 aired an oral allegation that the authors of a proposal2 being considered by the panel had plagiarized from her earlier funded proposal3 in the same area. The program officer4 attests that the allegation did not play a part in the proposal evaluation. When contacted by phone, the complainant retreated from the assertion in the allegation (forwarded to NSF by a NSF Program Officer) that exact wording was duplicated in the current proposal. Instead, she claimed that the formatting, and style of writing was copied, including the order of the sections presented in the proposal, and the names of the sections. From memory, she stated that she recalled a similarity in the sections on overview and action plan. She claimed that the end result was that the current proposal looked very similar to her proposal, and implied that since her proposal was funded, others might wish to emulate it. Neither the PI nor any of the coPIs on the current proposal served as reviewers on the complainant's previous proposal. The complainant stated that she did not send a copy of the proposal to them. The project descriptions of the two proposals were carefully examined. A manual examination revealed no instances of overlap in wording, organization, section titles, analysis plan, or any other part of the proposal. A software comparison word for word of the project descriptions - revealed no instances of duplicative wording. The allegation of plagiarism of any sort (wording, Sorn~atting,overview, or action plan) is without substance. Accordingly, this case is closed. I Redacted. Redacted. 3 Redacted. Redacted
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2006-07-28.
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