Tuesday, May 29, 2018

More tales of the NSF OIG

An investigator who received four NSF grants totaling more than $2.3 million submitted false IRB approvals for the projects. Read how the case was settled in the OIG's Semiannual Report to Congress for March 2018.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

NSF heads to Coyote State

 The National Science Foundation will present NSF Day March 29 at South Dakota State University. Details are available here.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NSF seeks harassment-free workplace

The National Science Foundation states it won't tolerate harassment, sexual or otherwise, at the agency or among awardee organizations. It has developed a new award requirement addressing the matter. Read about it here.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Finding the right fit

The best project idea in the world won't be funded if you apply to the wrong program. The National Institutes of Health offers advice on selecting the right funding opportunity announcement for your work.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

NIH: Use it or lose it

In a November 30 announcement about its closeout policies, NIH urges grantees to spend their awards in a timely fashion:

"NIH will strictly enforce its closeout policies. When recipients fail to submit timely reports, NIH will initiate unilateral closeout. It is important to note that for financial closeout, if a recipient fails to submit a final expenditure FFR, HHS policy directs NIH to close the grant using the last accepted Federal Cash Transaction Report’s cash drawdown amount. This could be considered a debt or result in disallowed costs.  In addition, failure to correct recurring reporting problems may cause NIH to take one or more actions that may include, but are not limited to, corrective actions, withholding of further awards, suspension or termination."

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

NSF award rates and more

The National Science Foundation has released its annual report on merit review, which includes award rates by program, by investigator characteristics and other information. You can get a copy of the document, "Report to the National Science Board on the National Science Foundation's Merit Review Process Fiscal Year 2016" here.

Want your NIH funds promptly? Do your public access diligence

The National Institutes of Health has guidelines for making grantee publications publicly accessible. If you don't meet those guidelines, future funding can be delayed. Read a summary of the guidelines here.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NSF report: Quotation marks & plagiarism

Some faculty, including full professors, don't understand how to provide proper attribution to others in their writing.

That was one of the findings of a report on training in the responsible conduct of research on campuses across the nation conducted by the National Science Foundation's Inspector General. Responsible conduct of research, or RCR, as it's known in the field, is the ethical practice of science. It covers all aspects of scientific inquiry, including publication

The report, "OIG Review of Institutions' Implementation of NSF's Responsible Conduct of Research Requirements," states that faculty, rather than students, were the subjects of 96 percent of the plagiarism cases in which NSF made a finding of research misconduct from FY2012-2016. Most of them stated they "were unaware that using someone else's words verbatim required quotation marks."