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A group of Chinese scientists is calling for a crackdown on colleagues who, they allege, receive sought-after grants but fail to devote enough time to research within China.

A letter signed by 26 researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and various universities and institutes warns that some scientists are misusing research grants originally intended to lure top researchers back home. Some grantees are using the money to set up laboratories in China but are then spending most of their time abroad, it says.

The letter's author, Shigang He of the CAS Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai, calls on funding agencies to monitor the use of grants more closely, for example by checking passports.

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Reference: Nature 421, 3 (2003)

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