NSF Procedures/Errors/Reconsiderations Peer Review violation

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2014-11-28.

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: A14100057                                                                    Page 1 of 1

                 We assessed an allegation of improprieties in the NSF merit review system. Specifically,
         a complainant was unhappy with reviews he had received for his most recent declined proposal, 1
         and by extension to each of his past declined proposals. The complainant generally characterizes
         the reviews as "out of control." The specific current allegation is that one reviewer made
         reference to a review of a previous proposal; the complainant considers this as evidence of
         improper collusion on the part of NSF or its reviewers. Analysis shows that the declined
         proposal itself contained a considerable discussion of past reviewer comments, leading to
         comments in review of the most recent proposal. There is no evidence for impropriety in the
         merit review of the proposals.

                   This case is closed with no further action taken.

NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)