Government slashes red tape for scientific researchers

The Chinese government will cut red tape in science and research funding by removing unnecessary administrative barriers for universities and research institutions so as to better stimulate the enthusiasm of academics, reports Xinhua.

Arrangements for the upcoming improvement were decided during the State Council's executive meeting on 1 June, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang. Last month Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed a conference organised by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the national congress of the China Association for Science and Technology, stressing the importance of scientific research and saying, "Currently, the state needs the strategic support of science and technology more urgently than any other time in the past".

The upcoming measures mean that research funds will be granted under fewer administrative procedures and a more flexible way of using research funds is encouraged. The amended regulation calls for a professional finance system so that researchers can focus on research and will not be distracted by procedures. Universities and research institutions will also be given more freedom in purchasing equipment for research purposes.
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