NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A12120085 Page 1 of 1 We learned that a PI 1 was informed by a panelist2 that one of her proposals would be awarded and that another one would be declined. The panelist claimed to have learned this information from an NSF program officer. We identified an outside connection between a program office~ involved in overseeing the panel and the panelist, making the scenario plausible. However, the panelist's communication with the PI occurred several months prior to the final budget negotiations and the program's documented decision to make the award. NSF did not formally award the proposal nor decline the other proposal until even later. Thus, there is insufficient substance to treat the alleged breach as anything more than rumor or conjecture on the part of the panelist. There is also insufficient substance to recommend disciplinary action against the program officer for any alleged breach. Accordingly, this case is closed. 2 NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
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)