China minister criticises misuse of research funds

China minister criticises misuse of research funds

Science and Technology Minister Wan Gang stressed on Friday the importance of transparency in the use of science research funds.

"The use of funds for every research project should be revealed within an institute to avoid serious fund misuse and increase the efficiency of its use," Wan said at a news conference held by the State Council Information Office.

Duan Zhenhao, a former candidate member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Thursday for using fake invoices to reimburse more than 1 million yuan ($163,000) in research funds.

Last month, Li Xinghua, former director of Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and Technology, was removed from his post for abusing research funds.

Wan said, "When I heard about this, I felt angry, distressed and, to a greater extent, astonished."

The ministry has attached great importance to fund management and has been strengthening fund regulation by recording all project review processes and strengthening audits.

After extensive investigation in the past year, Wan said he had found the crux of the problem.

"As the administrators, our habitual thought is to reinforce the management once we find there is a problem.

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