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)

                                                 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)