Rice Settles up with DOJ to Make the NSF Claim Go Away

Rice Settles up with DOJ to Make the NSF Claim Go Away

Rice University settled a claim with the United States Justice Department—paying $3.75million to resolve allegations that it misused National Science Foundation grant funds to pay graduate students to teach rather than perform research.

This settlement resolved an investigation based on a 2016 inquiring into whether the Houston, Texas-based university defrauded the agency, which provides about 25% of the funding for all federally-supported college and university research.

What were the Allegation?

At any given time, Rice (and most universities) have active science foundation grants specified for research “under uniform administrative rules” reported Ryan K. Patrick, U.S. Attorney for the District Court for the Southern District of Texas as reported in the Houston Chronicle.

These rules specify that the university can only charge expenses to awards if they were incurred for research purposes, were beneficial to the award, were vital for the operation of the awardee, and were in accordance with the agency’s term and conditions.

The government alleged that from November 2006 to September 2018, “Rice knowingly engaged in a patter and practice of improperly charging grad...

Note:  If you need assistance with your subscription or would like to discuss a corporate subscription for more than 10 employees please contact us or use the chat (bottom right).

Personal
$5 / Month
Individuals at home that are reading our content for personal health care or other non-professional reasons.
Like a Starbucks a month
Personal - Single Payment
$50 for 1 Year
Individuals - reading for personal reasons who prefer to pay for one year in advance with no recurring billing.
18% discount to monthly
Professional
$12 / Month
Professionals from the healthcare industry who are subscribing on behalf of their company for work reasons.
Way better than coffee