Yale University has agreed to pay $7.6 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and common law by mismanaging federally-funded research grants.
The grant awards were made by approximately 30 different federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. These five agencies provided approximately 94 percent of the almost $3 billion in federal grant funding to the university between 2000 and 2006.
Investigators alleged that Yale researchers had improperly allocated charges to federal grants when the charges were not covered by that grant. It was also alleged that some researchers charged 100 percent of their time to federal grants when they in fact spent much of their time working on other projects.