NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: 110120059 Page 1 of 1 We opened this case pursuant to a proactive review of small business concerns receiving SBIR/STTR awards from multiple federal agencies. Based on our review of proposals submitted by a small business 1, we identified potentially duplicative proposals submitted to NSF and other federal agencies 2 . We interviewed an NSF Program Director3 regarding the potential similarities between two projects 4 . Based on his/her review of the proposals, the NSF Program Director stated he/she would not have funded the NSF proposal had he/she known about the other grant because the research objectives were too similar. Other agencies' Program Managers established similarities between additional proposals submitted by the small business. We referred the matter to the USA0 5 and the matter was accepted for criminal prosecution and civil litigation. We executed search warrants and conducted interviews; however, we were unable to substantiate the allegation. Based on the information obtained during interviews, we met with the NSF Program Director again, who retracted his/her initial statements regarding the similarity of the two proposals. The USAO declined the matter. Accordingly, this case is closed. NSF O IG Form 2 (I 1/02)
Grant Fraud SBIR
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2013-01-15.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)