Rubio Seeks Grant Program Review After Harvard Professor Charged Over China Ties

Letter asks for details on how Small Business Administration ensures high-tech startups don’t have improper ties to foreign entities

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for a government grant program for high-tech startups to examine its practices after a Harvard University professor connected to one recipient was charged with lying about receiving millions of dollars in Chinese funding.

In a letter sent earlier this month, Sen. Rubio (R., Fla.) cited the charges against the professor, Charles Lieber, in asking the Small Business Administration to provide details on how it ensures that recipients of the grants “do not have improper ties to foreign...