NSF OIG Describes Importance of Accurate Information in Biosketches and Letters of Collaboration/Support

NSF OIG Describes Importance of Accurate Information in Biosketches and Letters of Collaboration/Support

Jul 23, 2013

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of Inspector General (OIG) describes the importance of accurate information in biosketches and letters of collaboration or support in its latest semiannual report (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/oig13002/oig13002.pdf).

The OIG concludes the article (on page 31), “Padding one’s biosketch and altering letters of collaboration or support are a violation of standards of scholarship; in an NSF proposal, such actions may constitute civil and criminal false statements and false claims.”

The OIG provides the following examples.:

  • All foreign appointments, non-salaried appointments, or appointments of limited term must be listed in biosketches.
  • Unpublished documents or manuscripts "to be submitted" or “in preparation” should not be listed.
  • Publications listed as “submitted” or “in press” must actually exist.
  • Letters of support must be unique to the proposal submitted, not recycled or altered from prior proposals or projects.

For more information, researchers should consult the January 2013 NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.

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