Plagiarism (Verbatim)

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)

                                                  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.


NSF OIG Fonn 2(I1/02)