The University of São Paulo and Brazil’s National Council of Technological and Scientific Development funding agency (CNPq) have cleared a researcher of fraud following a six-month investigation.
The CNPq’s Commission on Integrity in Scientific Activity noted, however, that “there was failure to exercise rigor in the conduct and dissemination of results [in Rui Curi’s work], essential to quality research.”
The Estadao newspaper reported that the University of São Paulo will now forward their findings to the Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) (courtesy Google Translate):
“We will review the information and see whether or not we accept the result of the investigation,” said Luiz Henrique Lopes dos Santos, USP professor and member of the Coordination Deputy Scientific Director of FAPESP, accompanying the case. The foundation may open its own investigation, if the opinion is not considered satisfactory.
Curi and his colleagues’ grant applications remain frozen during the process.
Folha de São Paulo also reported on the findings.