NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A07030012 11 Page 1 of 1 We received an allegation of potential research misconduct. Accordingly we referred the inquiry to the university,' and then received and assessed the report of the inquiry committee. The inquiry report found no evidence to support the allegations of research misconduct made against the subject: a post-doctoral research associate, by the complainant,3 a PI on an NSF award.' he report stated that research records were fragmentary, missing, or inconclusive, and the testimony of those involved was sometimes contradictory. The report considered a claimed inability to reproduce the research results of the subject. That result was used in a paper submitted for publication, but declined. The committee notes that specific experimental protocol was not repeated, the researcher completing the repetition was inexperienced, and that only one preliminary attempt was made to repeat the results. The committee concluded that there was no support within this claim for an allegation of research misconduct. Similarly, the committee found no evidence to support other claims by the complainant of research misconduct by the subject. The inquiry report notes a number of contradictory statements and misstatements made by the complainant, as well as the complainant's failure to follow University procedures in making an allegation of research misconduct. The inquiry committee recommended that the case be closed, and the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University closed the case. We accept the recommendation of the inquiry committee and the action of the University that the case be closed. Accordingly, this case is closed. 1 Redacted. 2 Redacted. Redacted. Redacted. NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02)
Data Tampering / Sabotage / Fabrication
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-08-22.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)