NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM L Case Number: A-07050028 Page 1 of 1 We received an allegation from the complainant1that the subject's2 NSF proposal3 contained some ideas taken from the complainant's work. Our review showed that the subject and the complainant worked on similar research projects. The subject, who had been invited by the complainant to come to the subject's institution to give a talk, discussed the research projects with the complainant and one of the complainant's students. The complainant provided the subject with samples so the subject could pursue similar lines of research. The complainant also admits that he did not know whether or not the subject had been working in the specific area presented in the proposal at the time of his visit. We also noted that the subject's NSF proposal referenced the complainant's past work as well as the fact that the complainant shared samples with the subject specifically for the project. We found insufficient evidence to support the alleged intellectual theft of ideas from the complainant in the subject's NSF proposal. This case is closed and no further action will be taken. ," was qSF OIG FOIm 2 ( I 1 /02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-08-09.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)