oversight

Plagiarism (Verbatim)

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-03-28.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

                                                     NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
                                                      OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
                                                        OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS

                                               CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM

Case Number: A13020022                                                                        Page 1of1



                 After reviewing an allegation of plagiarism in an awarded NSF Proposal, 1 we referred an
         investigation to the Subject's University. 2 The University did not find his claims of ignorance of
         quotation marks believable. The University concluded that the Subject recklessly plagiarized into his
         NSF Proposal and took actions to protect University interests.

                 Our investigation concluded that the Subject knowingly plagiarized. As standard procedure
         for an allegation of research misconduct involving an NSF award, we also interviewed the cognizant
         Program Officer3 (PO). The PO determined that the plagiarism was material to the funding decision.
         Based on that determination, we made an interim recommendation that NSF suspend the award,
         which NSF implemented.

                We thereafter presented the matter to NSF as a research misconduct referral, and in addition
         to recommending actions to protect NSF interests based on a finding of research misconduct, we also
         recommended NSF terminate the grant early and recover the award money already spent. NSF
         imposed almost all of the sanctions we recommended, but made no decision regarding recovery of
         the award money. The award expired shortly thereafter, while suspended, leading to about $80,000 of
         unspent award funds being put to better use.

                   This case is closed with no further action taken.




NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)