# Texas gravitational-wave research centre returns misused funds

17 Nov 2016

Another audit revealed apparent misuse of almost $3m in grants from the Texas government from 2012 to 2015. The auditors indicate that the grants had been used to pay faculty members who were teaching rather than carrying out research. ### Unexpected hole The$5m repayment leaves an unexpected hole in the UTRGV’s $478m annual budget. “In connection with audits conducted last year at both legacy institutions, issues with expenditures related to grants and to benefits proportionality were identified at the University of Texas at Brownsville,” the UTRGV noted in a statement to Physics World. “Those findings resulted in UTRGV returning almost$5m to the appropriate state and federal agencies. UTRGV is currently evaluating the impact, if any, these repayments will have on future operational decisions.”

Just how the misuse of the grants occurred, however, remains unexplained. “While my department, along with the university, continues to evaluate the situation, I have been asked not to comment until the facts have been established,” physicist Mario Díaz, who is director of the CGWA, told Physics World.