As Principal Investigator of the Lieber Research Group at Harvard University, which specializes in nanoscience, he has also received more than $15,000,000 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DOD) but that was not his only source of funding. In 2011, Lieber became a “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China and was a contractual participant in China’s Thousand Talents Plan , created to recruit and cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s national security.
Under the terms of Lieber’s three-year Thousand Talents contract, WUT paid Lieber $50,000 USD per month ($1.8 million), living expenses of up to 1,000,000 Chinese Yuan (approximately $158,000 USD at the time) and awarded him more than $1.5 million to establish a research lab at WUT. In return, Lieber was obligated to work for WUT “not less than nine months a year” by “declaring international cooperation projects, cultivating young teachers and Ph.D. students, organizing international conference[s], applying for patents and publishing articles in the name of” WUT.
In other words, groom young scientists for a foreign government.
He's a tenured academic so his administrative leave will be fully paid. If academic policies in the past are any indication, he would still be paid even if he was sitting in a foreign prison on drug mule charges.
Professor Lieber has had an illustrious academic career at Harvard. He serves as a University Professor, among Harvard’s highest academic honors.