NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A07050025 11 1 Page 1 of 1 1 1 An allegation of plagiarism within an NSF proposal1from one source text2 was brought against three PIS^. The Subjects were contacted regarding the allegation. All of the Subjects responded to the allegation and all indicated that only one subject4 was responsible for the questionable text. Evidence indicated that the Subject who took responsibility did not intend to copy the limited amount of inadequately cited text. Evidence also indicated that some of the text identified as inadequately cited was in fact work conducted by the Subject. Lastly, the Subject acknowledged that the source text should have been better distinguished via quotation marks. Given the circumstances and the small amount of text involved, we have written to the Subject suggesting that he be more careful in future proposals. No further action is warranted. Accordingly, this case is closed. NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-06-12.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)