NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: I04070024 Page 1 of 1 i The National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General (NSFIOIG) received an allegation ' from, a Program Manager alleging that a Principal Investigator (PI) 2mayhave misused grant funds. The Program Manager stated that he had concerns that the PI had not provided financial support from the grant to the foreign collaborator3. The Program Manager advised that the PI provided an accounting of how the grant funds were used that revealed the grant funds had been moved to different areas of the budget. NSFIOIG contacted the PI'S home institution and the foreign collaborator to obtain information on the foreign collaboration and grant expenditures. The foreign collaborator advised that he collaborated on the grant but a colleague4,traveled in his place due to his unfavorable health condition. University revealed that some of the participant support was used to pay for students that worked on the grant and for some of the travel expenses of the foreign collaborator. However, the majority of the participant support was used to fund international travel for the PI. I The Program Manager explained that the most important aspect of the grant is the foreign collaboration therefore; he was not concerned that a different individual traveled to collaborate on the grant. The Program Manager stated that he would have approved the use of participant support for international travel of the PI or foreign collaborator. A determination was made to close the case due to the Program Manager's concurrence with expenditures on the grant. Accordingly, this case is closed. ' Footnote Redacted Footnote Redacted Footnote Redacted Footnote Redacted I1 NSF OIG Fonn 2 (1 1/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2004-11-17.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)