NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A12100073 Page 1 of 1 An NSF program officer1 notified us that a panelist2 had been contacted by a PI3 before the panel met to encourage to him to read the proposal carefully. The panelist was concerned that his identity as a panelist and a designated reviewer of his proposal had been disclosed improperly to the PI, who he had spoken to only once before when the PI was trying to initiate a collaboration. The program officer also told us that another panelist4 reported after the panel deliberations that a second PI5 had approached her before the panel intimating knowledge of her assignment to review the proposal on the panel. All of the panelists knew the composition of the panel 6 and the proposal assignments about one month prior to the panel's meeting. We reviewed the possible academic, professional, and other connections between the two Pis and the membership of the entire panel to assess likely routes of disclosure of the panel assignments. We identified no substantive linkages to warrant further investigation when weighed against the privacy interests involved. Accordingly, this case is closed. 2 4 5 6 NSF OIG Form 2 (11102)
Peer Review violation
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2014-05-25.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)