Intellectual Theft Plagiarism (Verbatim)

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-04-28.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

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Case Number: l-16-0086-0                                                                      Pagel of I

                We received an allegation of plagiarism in an NSF Proposal. 1 We reviewed the proposal
         and found several lines and figures inappropriately copied from one source.

                Because the technical content appeared very similar, we also had mi expe1t in the field
        compare the intellectual content in the proposal with the research discussed in the article. The
        expert concluded that the proposal was an extension of the existing research, not a proposal for
        \Vork that had akeady been completed; in addition to his conclusion about the copying of ideas,
        he noticed the copied material on his own and thought it should have been better cited to the
        somce article.

                 We concluded the amount of inappropriately copied 1naterial did not warrant a foll
         investigation. Accordingly, we sent a warning letter to the authors of the proposal, advising them to
         give appropriate attribution for all copied material.

                   This case is closed with no further action taken.

NSF OIG Form 2 {11/02)