NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A12120082 Page 1 ofl In the results of prior support section of a recent proposal (the proposall), the PI2 listed a large number of papers as being supported by his previous grant (the grantS). Our analysis revealed over half of the papers listed were not supported by the grant. Some papers were submitted before the grant was awarded, while some acknowledged the PI's other NSF grants. We also reviewed the'final project report for the grant and found a small number of papers inaccurately attributed to the grant, but the majority of papers were accurately listed. We wrote to the PI, who explained the circumstances surrounding the preparation of the proposal. He mostly focused on the project description and inadvertently used an older list of NSF -supported papers. He noted using an old listing meant not only were old papers listed that should not have been, but recent papers that should have been listed were not. He was embarrassed by the errors and acknowledged the need to pay more attention to all parts of future proposals. We found the PI's explanation well-thought-out and credible. We sent the PI a letter reminding him of his need to treat all parts of a proposal carefully. Accordingly, this case is closed with no further action taken. 1 2 3 NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
Falsification in Proposal/Progress Rpt
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2013-04-19.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)