Friday, December 12, 2014

U. of Calif. to Pay $500,000 in Case Alleging Double Dipping by Researchers

The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 12th, 2014



The University of California will pay $499,700 to settle allegations that scientists on its Davis campus received research money from two federal agencies for the same project by submitting “false and misleading statements” in grant applications, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
A spokesman for UC-Davis said the project was in the material-science field and involved a five-year, $1.1-million grant from the Department of Energy and a one-year, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The university argued that there was no overlap between the grants, the spokesman, Andy Fell, told the newspaper. But it decided to settle the case to avoid a lawsuit and to let the researchers get on with their work.
Neither the university nor the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, which announced the settlement agreement, identified the researchers.

The University of California will pay $499,700 to settle allegations that scientists on its Davis campus received research money from two federal agencies for the same project by submitting “false and misleading statements” in grant applications, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
A spokesman for UC-Davis said the project was in the material-science field and involved a five-year, $1.1-million grant from the Department of Energy and a one-year, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The university argued that there was no overlap between the grants, the spokesman, Andy Fell, told the newspaper. But it decided to settle the case to avoid a lawsuit and to let the researchers get on with their work.
Neither the university nor the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, which announced the settlement agreement, identified the researchers.
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