Data Tampering / Sabotage / Fabrication Falsification in Proposal/Progress Rpt

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-03-19.

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: A14070033                                                                           Page 1of1

                 Our office received an allegation that a PI1 had not informed the NSF Program Officer that
         plants involved in a research project had died and that the research that was supposed to be
         accomplished was never completed. There was also a complaint that grant funds were not expended

                 Our investigation did confirm that the plants died during the research and were not replaced.
         However, the annual and final reports provided generic information and did not convey any
         significant research results. There were no false statements or falsified data within the reports. Also,
         a review of the university financial records did not indicate any inappropriate use of funds.

                    This case is closed with no further action taken.

NSF OIG Form 2 (l 1/02)