NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A13030047 Page 1 of 1 OIG conducted an inquiry into an allegation of intellectual theft in an NSF proposal[ 11 • We identified substantial overlap of text between a proposal previously submitted to another agency 21 and the NSF proposal. We also noted one author of the previous proposal was not included as a co-PI or collaborator on the NSF proposal. We contacted the PI and co-PI (Subjects),r3J who explained that the omitted author's contributions to the previous proposal had been minimal and that his input and role had been removed from the proposal submitted to NSF because of a change in the scope of research being proposed. As co-authors of a proposal jointly written with others, the Subjects hold an undivided interest in, and right to make further use of, the intellectual content ofthe joint work, unless evidence is provided that shows portions of the document to be separable and attributable to one specific author. According to their statement, the PI and co-PI removed the omitted author's contributions to the previous proposal, leaving only their own contributions. After reviewing materials gathered during our inquiry, we determined there was not enough evidence to rebut the Subjects' statement and support an allegation of intellectual theft. Accordingly, this case is closed. NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2013-06-04.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)