NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A07060030 Page 1of 1 We randomly selected a CAREER proposal for a proactive review of proposals for plagiarism.1 An initial search found extensive copied text. The source with the most text copied from i t was a n earlier publication with the PI a s one of the co- . authors,2 so it was not included a s a possible source of plagiarism. The paper3 with the next most copied text contained a few lines of text with only 2 complete sentences. Although this paper is referenced in the proposal, the citation is not near the copied text. Very small amounts of additional text with no complete sentences were copied from a couple other papers. Given the small amount of copied text, we concluded this copying is not a significant departure from accepted standards, even if copied intentionally. We sent the PI a letter cautioning him to distinguish non-original text. Accordingly, this case is closed. 1 Described on page 34 of our March 2006 Semiannual Report (http ~//~~~.nsf.~ov/~ubs/2006/oi~march2006/oi~march2006.~df). 2 (footnote redacted). 3 (footnote redacted). '11 NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
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)