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Drug firms giving Members of Parliament ‘hidden’ funding, research shows

Drug companies are giving groups of MPs and peers that campaign on health issues hundreds of thousands of pounds a year in “hidden” funding that could hand them “undue influence”, research has found. The pharmaceutical industry has built up a “hidden web of policy influence” over dozens of all-party parliamentary…

Senior Nasa Scientist Sentenced To Prison For Making False Statements Related To Chinese Thousand Talents Program Participation And Professorship

Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (“USAO”), announced that MEYYA MEYYAPPAN, a senior National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”) scientist, was sentenced today to 30 days in prison for making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), NASA’s Office of Inspector…

After Paying HHS $1.45M, UNLV Enhances Award Oversight; OIG Touts Self-Disclosure

Nearly four years after noticing spending “irregularities” by a principal investigator (PI), the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) entered into a settlement agreement[1] with the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), refunding $1.07 million and paying a penalty of almost $400,000.[2] The four awards at issue—three from NIH and…

New Bill Continues Crackdown on Foreign Influence on US Research

A bill introduced in the Senate in April (Strategic Competition Act of 2021, Section 138) seeks to subject US universities’ foreign grants, contracts and gifts to increased oversight by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). CFIUS is an interagency committee that reviews foreign investments in…

Foreign influence bill’s next stop: Governor’s desk

The bill names China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and Syria as “foreign countries of concern.” Foreign researchers and funding at Florida’s research institutions could soon face extra scrutiny. The Senate unanimously cleared a bill (HB 7017) Monday outlining rules and procedures to keep adverse foreign influence at bay…

Mathematics Professor and University Researcher Indicted for Grant Fraud

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 WASHINGTON – Today, a federal grand jury in Carbondale, Ill. returned an indictment charging a mathematics professor and researcher at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale (SIUC) with two counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement. According to court documents,…