NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A09090075 Page 1 of 1 We received an allegation that a reviewerl of an NSF proposal 2 violated the confidentiality of NSF's review process, and used insider information from the review process to professionally profit. Specifically, the reviewer allegedly used knowledge from the review of a (declined) proposal to dissuade a private donor from supporting that proposed project and instead to support the reviewer's project. 3 After a review of the relevant evidence, we concluded the reviewer disclosed he had reviewed the proposal, but not any details of the proposal or review process. Thus, the reviewer's successful competition for the donor's funding did not rely on the reviewer's use of any confidential information. We sent the reviewer a letter admonishing him for the disclosure and reminding him of the importance of maintaining the confidentially of NSF's review process. This case is closed with no further action taken. NSF 01G Form 2 (11 /02)
Peer Review violation
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2012-09-28.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)