Applicant/Grantee/PI False Certification

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2014-11-21.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

                                                  NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
                                                   OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
                                                     OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS

                                            CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM

 Case Number: 114040013                                                                   Page 1 of 1

         SBIR/STTR awardees are required to meet the Small Business Administration requirements as a
         small business and perform the work as proposed to NSF. , This includes the requirement that the
         PI on an SBIR/STTR award be a full time employee of the awardee company.

         OIG received an allegation that an awardee 1 was not a small company, but rather an entity that
         was performing all of their work at an institution2 without disclosure to NSF. The awards 3 to
         these companies expired more than three years from the date of our inquiry, and the companies
         were no longer required to maintain records. The company provided the records it said were
         available, and our review of those records did not establish any wrongdoing.

         This case is closed with no further action taken.


NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)