NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A12020006 Page 1 of 1 Faculty members at a University 1 submitted proposals2 in successive years seeking funds for instrumentation. The proposals requested funds for different instruments from different manufacturers. Each proposal has a small amount of text copied verbatim from each manufacturer's website, the text is not differentiated using quotation marks or other distinguishing marks, and the source of the copied text is not cited or referenced. We examined other NSF proposals submitted by the PI and coPis and found that there was no evidence of copied text in those proposals. The case was closed with a letter to the PI emphasizing the need to follow proper citation practices. Accordingly, this case is closed. NSF OIG Form 2 (11102)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2012-06-17.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)