oversight

Biohazard Reg. Violations

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-04-29.

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: Al5030023                                                                      Page 1of1



                 We received allegations that an NSF-supported PI1 at an institution (Institution 1)2
         committed safety violations regarding use of hazardous materials. Institution 1 temporarily3
         suspended the PI and barred her ability to supervise students and post-doctoral fellows due to a
         violation that did not involve the two NSF-supported4 projects. Institution 1 and the PI reached
         an agreement that ended the PI' s suspension, but the prohibition on supervising students and
         post-doctoral fellows remained. However, Institution 1 identified a separate violation regarding
         the handling of hazardous material5 in an instrurnent6 that was necessary to conduct the NSF-
         funded research projects. Based on this information, we recommended the awards be suspended
         and NSF concurred.

                 The PI obtained a new faculty position at a different institution (Institution 2). 7 NSF
         declined the PI' s request to transfer the two suspended NSF awards to Institution 2 and
         financially closed the two awards following their expiration. This resulted in nearly $281,000 of
         funds put to better use.

                 We concluded that closure of the two NSF awards and actions taken by Institution 1 and
         NSF were adequate to protect NSF's interests in ensuring that NSF-funded research projects are
         conducted and administered properly. We sent the PI a letter reminding her about compliance
         requirements and her responsibilities in the appropriate and safe use of hazardous materials in the
         laboratory, including the proper training and supervision oflaboratory staff. Accordingly, this
         case is closed.                                               ยท




NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)