NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: Page 1 of 1 We received an allegation1that the NSF proposai2submitted by the subject contained text copied from another previously submitted NSF proposal by another PI.^ Our review showed that the subject did review the previous submitted NSF proposal. We determined that a small amount of text in the subject's proposal appeared to be somewhat similar in its organization to text in the earlier submitted NSF proposal. We contacted the subject who explained that the text had not been copied and that a copy of the earlier proposal had not been retained or used. However, because the subject's response did not I l l y document and explain how the apparently similarly organized text appeared in both proposals, we referred the inquiry to the subject's institution. The institution's inquiry determined that the apparently similarly organized text had been used by the subject prior to her receipt of the earlier proposal for review. Further, the inquiry showed that the organization was not particularly surprising given the very narrow area of study present in both proposals. The Committee concluded that there was not sufficient reason to believe that any form of misconduct occurred, recommending that the matter be closed. 11 We concurred with the institution's inquiry report. This case is closed and no hrther action w taken. il l be NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-08-16.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)