NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM The National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General (NSFIOIG) received an anonymous letter alleging that a small-business research company1received awards for research efforts that were similar or identical to proposals that had already been funded by other agencies. According to the complainant, many proposals contain falsified technical data to increase'the chances of receiving awards and convince investors to invest spin-off companies. I interviewed the NSF Program officer;! who advised that s h e could not provide any insight into the allegations but felt that the company produced good work. Our office conducted a search and retrieved abstracts awarded by NSF and other-federal agencies to the research company. The search identified a DARPA and NSF final report that contaided approximately 70% of overlap. The NSF research occurred before the DARPA research. Therefore, it appears that the NSF: award supported new research but the DARPA award did not. I contacted the Department of Defense @OD) Office of Inspector General to discuss the overlap between the DARPA and NSF proposals.. I was informed that DOD as well as National Aeronautics and Space Administration . and United States Army Criminal Investigative Division had received the allegations and have open cases involving the company. DOD was the victim agency and not NSF. Accordingly, this case is h d . Footnote redacted Footnote redacted NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2004-01-20.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)