4 University of Florida faculty members leave as officials investigate foreign meddling

Posted at 4:42 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 04:42:32-05

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Four faculty members have left the University of Florida as the school and federal government investigate foreign exploitation of American-funded medical research.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that three researchers resigned and the fourth was terminated after the university received a letter from the National Institutes of Health regarding questionable foreign meddling in grant research and funding.

NIH gives out $30 billion a year to American scientists and universities for biomedical research and awarded UF more than $190 million in grants last year.

The agency has launched 180 individual inquiries into 70 institutions related to foreign attempts to take advantage of U.S.-backed medical research.