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NSF OIG Hotline

Report fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, research misconduct, or whistleblower retaliation involving the National Science Foundation: 

Online Complaint Form (recommended)

Anonymous Hotline: 1-800-428-2189

Mail: National Science Foundation
         Office of Inspector General
         Attn: OIG Hotline
         2415 Eisenhower Avenue
         Alexandria, Virginia 22314

You may file a complaint anonymously, however a lack of sufficient and specific information may prevent us from investigating the allegation.

If you have received an offer from someone on social media claiming to be an NSF representative and offering grant money, THIS IS A SCAM. Please do not respond and immediately report the details to the FTC. NSF funds research and education in the fields of science and engineering through a competitive funding process.

FAQ and Other Resources

To implement the December 12, 2008 Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) amendment, we allow contractors to notify us whenever the contractor has credible evidence that a principal, employee, agent, or subcontractor of the contractor has committed a violation of the civil False Claims Act or a violation of Federal criminal law involving fraud, conflict of interest, bribery, or gratuity violations in connection with the award, performance, or closeout of a contract or any related subcontract.

The individual submitting a complaint must be an officer or manager empowered to speak for the company in order to file this report.

If you wish to provide information that does not fall within these guidelines, please use the general Online Complaint Form.

We do not have authority to investigate Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints. To file such complaints, contact NSF's Office of Equity and Civil Rights.

The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (WPA) and the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 Enhanced by the Act of 2012 provide protection rights for Federal employees against retaliation for whistleblowing activities. Under WPA, Federal employees may seek whistleblower protection from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). OSC is an independent executive agency whose responsibilities include investigating whistleblowers' complaints and litigating cases before the MSPB. MSPB has the authority to enforce their decision and to order corrective and disciplinary actions. Actions ordered can include restoring one's job; reversing suspensions; disciplinary action against a supervisor; reimbursement of attorney, medical, or other costs; and damages. Information on filing a complaint with OSC may be found on their website at http://www.osc.gov. Please visit our Whistleblower web page for additional information on whistleblower protections.

You may report waste, fraud, abuse, or misconduct relating to an NSF employee, program, contract, or grant.

You may also report research misconduct (fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism) related to an NSF award.