NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A12110077 Page 1 ofl We learned an NSF panelistl had been approached by several Pis whose proposals were reviewed by the panel on which the panelist served. The Pis accused the panelist of having been responsible for the declination of their proposals. We contacted the Program Officers who oversaw the panel, and one of them told us he suspected who had violated the confidentiality of NSF's merit review, but he did not have any evidence. We contacted the panelist, but he would not disclose who had accosted him because he was afraid of reprisals from senior members of his community. Thus, we have insufficient information to further investigate this matter. Accordingly, this case is closed with no further action taken. 1- NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
Peer Review violation PI Misconduct
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2013-07-14.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)