NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A07060034 11 Page 1 of 1 As p a r t of a proactive review of proposals to identify possible plagiarism, we identified text i n a proposal1 submitted to NSF t h a t was copied from a document produced by a state agency (SA).2 The PI3 told us the SA had sent out a request for proposals, a n d he responded to it. He said the SA employee simply incorporated all the proposals into her document, but did not include t h e individual PIS' names. He said everything we identified a s copied was from the proposal he submitted to SA. The P I sent a n email with a n attached copy of the 2-page proposal he submitted to SA. We checked the properties of the attached document, and they show it was created a n d emailed to SA in 2005. The text i n t h e pre-proposal is exactly what appears in t h e SA document, portions of which t h e P I reused in his NSF proposal. Since the text identified a s copied in t h e N S F proposal from t h e SA document actually comes from the PI'S previous SA proposal, there is no substance to support a n allegation of plagiarism. Accordingly, this case is closed. 1 (footnoteredacted) (footnote redacted) (footnote redacted)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-10-01.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)