NIH Grant Fraud

6.What is expense or cost shifting in the context of NIH grants?

Some grants are paid out over a period of time and new funds are released only when previously awarded funds have been exhausted. NIH Grant Fraud can occur when a principal investigator on paper shifts expenses from one project to a second project in order to make it falsely appear that the second project has legitimately exhausted its funds.

7. Why are NIH Grant Fraud cases alleging false research results hard to make?

By definition, the research is very complex and cutting edge. It requires substantial expertise to be able to spot and prove this type of fraud. Also, the principal investigator is usually an expert in his or her field and will be able to offer countering explanations.

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8. When might a false research case succeed?

It is very helpful if the relator worked in the lab and was involved in the project at issue. Having copies of records such as lab note books and draft reports showing data, tables and graphs “before and after” the fraud can be crucial.

9.Can plagiarism form the basis of a NIH Grant Fraud case?

Without a doubt, either plagiarizing another person’s research or even recycling one’s own may give rise to a viable case. Usually, under the terms of the grant a principal investigator is supposed to do his or her own research in an identified facility and the research is supposed to be new. Submitting progress, technical or final reports that use other people’s data or one’s own data from earlier projects might constitute material misrepresentations to NIH.

10. Who investigates NIH Fraud?

The Office of Inspector General for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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