NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A06090044 Page 1 of 1 An allegation was received that a proposal submitted to NSF' contained text plagiarized from a source document2 written by others. The source document was cited in the proposal, but the directly duplicated words did not appear within quotation marks. Further examination of the proposal shows that several lines of duplicated text were apparently taken from another cited document3, and these words again appear in the proposal without quotation marks. In response to our inquiry letter, the subject admits that the duplicated text was taken from the indicated sources, but, because the references appeared in the proposal, he does not understand the allegation of plagiarism. The subject states that the material duplicated was "trivial" and does not detract from the quality of the research proposed. Other proposals by the subject were examined and provided no evidence of plagiarism. The extent of plagiarism is insufficient to advance this case. However, a reminder to the subject about conformance with the standards of scholarship, along with a referral to the College's own recent publication on plagiarism4 should be sufficient to protect NSF interests.
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2006-12-18.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)