Clos out -- NATIONAL SCIENCE FOLINDATION Page 1 of 2 4201 WILSON BOULEVARD ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22230 OFFICE OF I INSPECTOR GENERAL . , MEMORANDUM ' 1 Date: August 27,1998 d To: File No. I9708 From: Investigations Through: -pecial Agent-in-Charge, Re: Close out - Backmound: O n August 1, 1997, our office received a referral from the Defense Criminal Investigative ~ e r v i c e - ( ~Mid-Atlantic ~~~), Field Office that the Boston MA DCIS office was currently investigating a case involving a research company located in Somerville ,whic participates in the Small Business W Innovation Research (SBIR), program. ? I - & 6 of which were Phase I1 awards. We r e v i e w e d m e d e r a l awards to determine if they had received funding for duplicate proposals. Investieration: We reviewed all of the abstracts of SBIR awards received by federal agencies. In doing so, we found vadous abstracts that appeared to be simi ar, which suggested the possibility that these abstracts were from duplicate proposals submitted to different federal agencies. We requested and received copies of the DOE proposals and final reports and compared these to the NSF proposals and final reports. Our review concluded that these were not duplicative submissions. Conclusions: We have found no evidence of fraud or other criminal activities. DCIS and the of Energy (DOE) are still reviewing evidentiary documents and investigating e have informed these agencies of our findings. ,- This case-is-closedat-thistime. . - -
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 1998-09-15.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)