oversight

Plagiarism (Verbatim)

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-07-14.

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-16-0117-O                                                                    Page 1 of 1




         We received an allegation that a Subject 1 submitted an NSF proposal (Proposal) 2 containing
         material copied from a different NSF proposal 3 previously submitted by another researcher
         (Researcher). 4

         Our inquiry found that the Subject’s Proposal did contain ideas similar to those in the earlier NSF
         proposal and that the Subject, when asked, acknowledged including the researcher’s ideas
         without adequate citation. However, we found that the Subject referenced the other researcher’s
         work (albeit inadequately), that the copied material was de minimis, and that the Subject said he
         had found the ideas online and not in the researcher’s NSF proposal.

         We referred an inquiry to the Subject’s University. 5 The inquiry committee determined the
         Subject’s act constituted careless plagiarism and recommended that the Subject work with
         proposal development specialists to improve his proposal writing and citations skills.

         We concurred with the University’s assessment. We sent the Subject a questionable research
         practice letter, reminding him to appropriately cite material in his proposals.

         Accordingly, this case is closed with no further action taken.




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NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)