iloseout NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION 4201 WILSON BOULEVARD ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22230 OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL MEMORANDUM Date: September 15, 1998 .......... ..-..-...-.......-... .-... .. .......... . . . . ...._I... ............................. . . . . . . . - - . . . . - - . . . - - . . . . . - . . . . . -....,.. . . . . . . . . -. - .- To: File No. I98070013 From: nt, Investigations _Section Through: s t-in-Charge; Investigations Section Re: ; Backprroun'd: On July 14, 1998, our office received information from an NSF program officer that e E!P had possibly submitted duplicate proposals to the Department of Energy (DOE) and under the Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The program officer obtained a copy of the DOE proposal, which had,been funded. Both the DOE and NSF program officers noted the similarities between both prdposals. Another NSF program officer conducted a technical review of the proposals, and also noted many similarities, except for a difference in the polymers being prepared for each project. We reviewed both proposals, and found that did not disclose a similar DOE proposal in the one sent to NSF. We did fin a DOE project was mentioned in the We interviewed the Principal Investigator (PI) of the NSF proposal, another-employee - and counsel. They told us that the not overGping. They stated that they were attempting to solve they same problem, but using a different chemistry and forming a different fuel cell for each project. They asserted they were not required to disclose the proposals, as required in the NSF solicitation. On August 20, 1998, an NSF panel reviewed the NSF proposal, and did not rank it high enough to receive funding. This proposal is expected to be declined. Findings: Because these proposals are not 100% duplicative, there appears to be partial disclosure of the DOE project to NSF, and the NSF proposal will most likely be declined, no further investigation is wii-fiiited-at this time. -This case is closed.
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)