Falsification in Proposal/Progress Rpt

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-06-28.

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: I-16-0111-O                                                                    Page 1 of 1

                A University1 conducted an inquiry and subsequent investigation into an allegation that a
         graduate student (Subject2) committed misconduct by not following experimental protocol in his
         PI’s3 NSF-funded project.4 It was also alleged that the Subject lacked adequate documentation of
         his experiments.

                 The University’s investigation was conducted under their policy, which has a broader
         definition of misconduct than NSF’s Research Misconduct policy. Its investigation concluded
         that the Subject committed misconduct as defined by their policy, but did not commit
         falsification or fabrication as defined by NSF policy. The University reasoned that even if the
         Subject performed experiments outside of the protocol, which could have constituted a
         misrepresentation of the limited research data he did record, there is no evidence to suggest the
         Subject falsified recorded data to make them appear closer to protocol.

                  We concurred with the University and sent the Subject a Questionable Research Practices
         letter. This case is closed with no further action taken.



NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)