NIH Grant Fraud

1. What are the most common types of NIH Grant Fraud?

The three broad categories of NIH Grant Fraud are: making misrepresentations in grand applications; filing false accounting, expense and cost reports; and submitting false research results, findings and data.

2. Of the three, which tends to be the more successful FCA cases?

False applications are usually the most readily established False Claims Act cases when compared to false accounting and false research cases.

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3. What would be an example of NIH Fraud involving false applications?

Perhaps the most glaring example is when the principle investigator falsifies his or her academic and/or professional credentials, qualifications or experience, or those of other key personnel.

4. Are there other examples of grant application fraud?

Yes, these include falsifying the source and amounts of government and industry funding; overstating or understating the time commitment of the project’s participants; and failing to disclose grant applications being submitted to multiple agencies or reviewers. Submitting false results from prior research would be another example.

5. How do accounting frauds arise in the NIH grant context?

In the application process, the grantee might overstate his or her budgetary needs.

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