Grant Fraud

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2014-12-05.

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: A14060030                                                                        Page 1 of 1

                We received an allegation that three fellowship recipients were ineligible for the grants they
        received because they had provided false information on their applications regarding their status in
        joint professional degree programs (e.g PhD and MD programs). Their grants were being terminated
        by the agency.

                 A review of the evidence indicates that all three recipients provided truthful information in
         their application packages. The individuals believed they were eligible for the grants because they
         had suspended their MD programs while completing their PhD programs. None of the three hid their
         MD/PhD status in their applications.

                As a part of the review process, the agency concluded that the language regarding joint
         professional degrees was somewhat ambiguous and clarified the language for future announcements.
          On appeal, one fellowship was reinstated while the other two were terminated.

                Based on our review, there is insufficient evidence to support an allegation of false
         statements or fraud by the three recipients to obtain the fellowships. Therefore, this case is closed
         with no further action taken.

NSF OIG Form 2 (11102)