PI Misconduct

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-03-30.

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: A15010001                                                                         Page 1of1


                   Our office reviewed three allegations against a PI 1 (Subject) on two NSF Proposals. 2

                First, it was alleged that the Subject improperly listed conference paper presentations on his
         NSF Biographical Sketches as journal "proceedings" when such proceedings do not exist. Second, it
         was alleged that other entries on the Biographical Sketches were fabricated. Third, it was alleged that
         non-academic publications were listed on Biographical Sketches in order to inflate the impression of
         the Subject's research history for reviewers.

                 In the first allegation, the Subject admitted that the papers were presented, but not
         subsequently published in a proceedings. For the second allegation, the Subject provided acceptable
         evidence for every publication in question. For the third, the Subject explained that the items were
         listed on the Biographical Sketch because they were relevant to his proposal and he wanted reviewers
         to understand his prior experience in the area.

                 We found that the first allegation had substance, but did not warrant a full investigation. We
         concluded the second allegation was unsubstantiated and found the Subject's explanation for the
         third reasonable.

                 We sent the PI a warning letter, cautioning him to avoid imprudent practices and to ensure
         fully accurate references, so that interested parties may readily find materials when possible.

                   This case is closed with no further action taken.

NSF OIG Fonn 2 (11/02)