NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A11110074 Page 1 of 1 OIG opened this file after finding plagiarism in a proposal 1 as part of a proactive review. We ' reviewed the other proposals submitted by the PI2 and co-Pis, 3 and found plagiarism in a second proposal on which the PI of the first proposal was a co-PI. We contacted the PI and co-Pis of the first proposal, who indicated that one of the co-Pis4 was responsible for the plagiarized text. The co-PI told us that the lack of proper citation was due to a compiler erro~ in compiling the text into the proposal. As the amount of plagiarism was de minimus, we sent him a letter, reminding him of the importance of proper citation. We received a letter from the PI5 of the second proposal, 6 co-signed by the other Pis/ regarding the plagiarism we had found. The PI noted that he, and his research team, could not recall who had written that section of the proposal, or how it had gotten into the proposal. As the amount of plagiarism was de minimus, we sent the PI a letter, reminding him of the importance of proper citation. Accordingly., this case is closed. NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2012-03-13.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)