NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A15090055 Page 1of1 We received an Institutional Review Board (IRB) determination letter from an institution1 regarding an incident of noncompliance in the research study of a principal investigator (PI) 2 supported by an NSF award. 3 The IRB determined that research studies were performed in a university classroom setting prior to the appropriate IRB approval of a pending IRB protocol application. The IRB further determined that the PI' s conduct constituted continual noncompliance, as other less serious noncompliance incidents occurred in the PI' s past NSF- supported4 research projects. The IRB took corrective actions that included remedial educational sessions and the destruction of the data collected without IRB approval. Our review of the matter concluded that appropriate actions were taken by the IRB and the institution to address the noncompliance and ensure the proper oversight in NSF-funded projects involving the use of human subjects as participants. We sent the PI a letter reminding him about IRB approval compliance requirements and his responsibilities when conducting human subjects research work in NSF-funded projects. Accordingly, this case is closed with no further action taken. NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
Human Subject Reg. Violations
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-05-06.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)