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. · NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
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)