NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: 112100076 Page 1 of 1 Small businesses that receive SBIR phase I or II awards can submit a proposal for a .supplemental award as a phase IB or liB award. The phase IB or liB awards require that the small business secure a private investment that is a direct consequence of the Phase I or II award. This investigation was opened from a proactive review 1 to determine the legitimacy of private investments that a compan/ represented in a phase IB proposal. 3 In a separate allegation, the PI4 (who is also the company president) on another award5 made to the company appeared to be a full time employee of the institution6 where the PI/president is a professor and the research was being conducted by the company in incubator research space. We verified the source of the funding for the Phase IB award and received confirmation from the PI's institution that he had been on sabbatical leave during the award period. This case is closed with no further action taken. NSF OIG Porm 2 (11/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2014-02-02.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)