NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: 1-17-0038-0 Page 1of1 We received an allegation that a PI (Subject) 1 submitted a preliminaryproposal2 that was plagiarized from another preliminary proposal 3 submitted to the same solicitation. The proposals sought to obtain funding for a research center to be established at one of four universities. 4 We contacted the Subject regarding the plagiarism. The Subject explained that it was his first time submitting a preliminary proposal to this program and he and his team had thought that, because the proposal was cooperative between institutions, they were supposed to submit the same document as the lead institution. He said he now understood that this was not the case and was embarrassed by his carelessness and misunderstanding. We sent the Subject a questionable research practice, reminding him of his responsibility to always understand NSF' s solicitation instructions and to always appropriately cite material contained in his proposal. Accordingly, this case is closed with no further action taken. 4 NSF OIG Fonn 2(I1/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-04-26.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)