NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: I-17-0065-O Page 1 of 1 We received an allegation that an NSF panel reviewer 1 provided a copy of a proposal he reviewed, that was awarded, 2 to a colleague, 3 in violation of NSF’s policies regarding reviewer confidentiality. The Subject acknowledged he shared the proposal with his colleague, but said he did so because he incorrectly thought that, if awarded, proposals automatically became publically available. He also said he kept a copy of the proposal because he was unaware that was not allowed. He apologized and said he destroyed this and other proposals he retained. We generated a questionable research practice letter to the Subject, reminding him to maintain reviewer confidentiality. Accordingly, this case is closed with no further action taken. 1 2 3 NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
Peer Review violation
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)