Several U.S. universities are expected to announce in the near future actions taken to prevent foreign governments from taking unfair advantage of research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Director Francis Collins shared.
Collins also suggested some researchers might be fired.
During a recent hearing, Collins said that some scientists were found guilty of double dipping, not disclosing foreign funding, diverting intellectual property, or sending grant proposals to another country resulting in stolen ideas.
According to Collins, the NIH is “deeply concerned about the evidence which has been growing and which we’ve been becoming increasingly aware of over the course of more than a year that there are instances, egregious instances where our funding of grants in this country is being taken advantage of by individuals who are not following the appropriate rules. This is utterly unacceptable.”