On Wednesday June 5th at 9.45am Eastern, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on “Foreign Threats to Taxpayer – Funded Research: Oversight Opportunities and Policy Solutions“.


This is part of the growing discussion about threats to research from foreign nations. NIH and institutions that it funds have recently come under scrutiny for their attempts to deal with these concerns, and the recent removal of five ethnicially Chinese researchers from 2 institutions (see “Chinese American scientists uneasy amid crackdown on foreign influence” in Nature from June 3).


You can watch the proceedings here or follow the @FORsymp twitter account which will tweet about it using #foreignresearch – we will also post a summary of the discussion (details of the schedule are at the end of this post).


Future of Research will then submit a statement for the record for the committee – if you have anything you would like us to highlight or discuss, or bring to our attention, please email info@futureofresearch.org


The Federation of American Scientists is facilitating submission of statements to the committee for the record:

“To help the debate during the hearing be balanced, the Congressional Science Policy Initiative at FAS is submitting testimonials from the science community to the Committee regarding the critical contributions of foreign-born researchers to US competitiveness. We will also submit the testimonials we’ve received for the record. If you wish to also submit a statement for the record, email it to us, and we will get it to the Committee.”

Note the guidance on submitting a statement:

“Any individual or organization wanting to present their views for inclusion in the hearing record should submit a typewritten, single-spaced statement, not exceeding 10 pages in length. Title and date of the hearing, and the full name and address of the individual or organization must appear on the first page of the statement. Statements must be received no later than two weeks following the conclusion of the hearing.

Statements should be mailed (not faxed) to:

Senate Committee on Finance
Attn. Editorial and Document Section
Rm. SD-219
Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510-6200”


From the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Website:


Following the open hearing, the Committee will meet in Closed Session at 2:30 p.m. for a classified briefing.

Member Statements

  1.  Chuck Grassley (R – IA)
  2.  Ron Wyden (D – OR)


Panel One

  1. Captain Michael Schmoyer, Ph.D.
    Assistant Deputy Secretary for National Security
    United States Department of Health and Human Services
    Washington , DC
  2. Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.
    Principal Deputy Director
    National Institutes of Health
    Bethesda , MD
  3. Les Hollie
    Chief of Investigative Operations, Office of Investigations
    United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General
    Washington , DC
  4. Louis Rodi
    Deputy Assistant Director, Homeland Security Investigations
    United States Department of Homeland Security
    Washington , DC

Panel Two

  1. Joe W. Gray, Ph.D
    Gordon Moore Endowed Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering Director, OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine, Associate Director for Biophysical Oncology, Knight Cancer Institute
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Portland , OR