NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL 1 OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: I07010003 1 Page 1of 1 I n 2004, we received a n allegation of conflict of interests (COI) against a forAer Division Director (DD).l After DD left his home institution (HI)2 for NSF, he continued to champion a project he worked on at HI. After DD left NSF, h e : returned to HI to work on the project. These actions raised a COI allegatioi t h a t was addressed in a previous case3 i n which OIG concluded there was no viol'ation of COI rules. I n Oct 2006, we received a n allegation that the DD's project a t HI recently received a supplement, even though its renewal proposal was declined. The complainant alleged there appeared to be little scientific value for awarding the supplement a s the project has delivered little to the scientific community. We opened this kase to I address that allegation. DD h a s not received any funding from NSF since 2004; a s the complainant noted, his recent proposal on the project was declined. We checked the DD's co-PIS and found another proposal4 also submitted from HI. This proposal was a supplement to a previous award.5 The supplement proposal received 1E, 1E N , 1V, and 1 P. The NSF Program Officer (P0)6 handling the proposal wrote a Review Analysis that noted the strong, critical reviewer's opinions (consistent with this complaint) and addressed those criticisms, explained why he agreed with the favorable reviews, noted that further enhancements to the project will require a new proposal, and these funds are from the final sweep of FY 2006 funds. Since the issue of COI h a s been previously addressed, and PO h a s put forth a scientific rationale (based on the majority opinion of reviewers) for awarding the supplement, we conclude the allegation lacks sufficient substance to proceed. Accordingly, this case is closed. 1 (redacted). 2 (redacted). 3 I04110043 4 (redacted). 5 (redacted). 6 (redacted). I I
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Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-04-16.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)