NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A07090050 Page 1of 1 We were informed about the overlap between the PI'S proposal' and research already funded by NSF (the grant).2 Multiple reviewers commented on the similarity of the proposal to the grant, with particular attention paid to a scientist who was collaborating with both groups and whose hypothesis both groups are interested in testing. The scientist is listed a s a collaborator in the grant and in the proposal, and the scientist's CV in the proposal lists the PIS of the grant a s his collaborators. The existence of some specific research does not prohibit anyone from submitting proposals to conduct similar research, expand the original research, or even replicate it, including doing so with some of the same collaborators. We conclude the P I did not act unethically and is not in violation of NSF's research misconduct policy. Accordingly, this case is closed. 1 Footnote redacted. 2 Footnote redacted.
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-10-15.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)