Research Foundation Returns $330,000

By: Tonya Mead, CFE, PI, MBA,MA Educational Psychology

The OIG, National Science Foundation’s (NSF) investigation resulted in the return of over $330,000 based upon allegations that a NY-based research foundation improperly used two NSF awards. The grant application and subsequent award stipulated that the funds were to be used to support scholarships and research experiences of undergraduates.

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The research foundation was cited for failure to ensure that the students were (1) academically eligible and (2) legal resident aliens or U.S. citizens.  Other criteria the foundation failed to follow in accordance of the grant award were:  student recipients must major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics major and the proper allocation of NSF funds to faculty based upon actual  time spent on the project.

For more information, on specific details the OIG, NSF report can be read here. To read the post concerning $8 million in NSF grant fraud click here.

Tonya J. Mead, CFE, PI, MBA, MA, Certified K-12 Administrator and School Psychologist is author of Fraud in Education: Beyond the Wrong Answer and president of Shared Knowledge, LLC