News & AnalysisScientific Community

Embezzlement Casts Harsh Light on China's Grant System

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  09 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6146, pp. 598-599
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6146.598

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


A powerful water pollution expert and administrator at China's Zhejiang University has been charged with embezzling $1.6 million in grant money. Chen Yingxu was awarded a $16 million grant from China's environment ministry in 2008 to study water remediation and management in the Lake Tai watershed. Through a scheme involving companies owned or operated by his graduate students, he allegedly pocketed a portion of the money—ending what until then had been a charmed career.

  • * With additional reporting by Ma Qionghui.