NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: All060039 Page 1 of 1 We assessed an allegation that a principal investigator 1 (PI) at a university 2 committed research misconduct by engaging in data fabrication and falsification in four published manuscripts 3 which either acknowledged NSF support or were cited as preliminary results or products in NSF proposals/awards. 4 The university conducted an inquiry and the inquiry panel' s final report concluded that no research misconduct had occurred. However, remedial training sessions for the PI on research record keeping were recommended and for the PI to develop a plan to ensure the appropriate maintenance of research records. Our conclusion is that we concur with the inquiry panel's findings and a questionable research practice warning letter was sent to the PI regarding research record keeping. We also requested documentation of the PI's completion of the remedial training sessions and the PI's development of research records maintenance plan. Accordingly, this case is closed with no further action taken. NSF OIG Form 2 (ll/02)
Data Tampering / Sabotage / Fabrication
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2012-10-26.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)