September 11, 2021


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UF misused grant money from National Science Foundation

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A woman walks past a University of Florida welcome sign on the UF campus off University Ave., in Gainesville, Fla. September 5, 2019.  [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Flying business-class and $300 bartender fees were a few of the instances of University of Florida misappropriation of money granted by the National Science Foundation, an audit shows.

The audit done for the foundation contends that $640,723 had been inappropriately claimed between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 31, 2019. The audit was the most recent for UF.

UF has contested many of the findings but has agreed to reimburse the foundation for some of the expenses.

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The value of the items cited in the audit is a small fraction of the $137 million awarded to UF for research during the time period that was audited.