Saturday, 28 November 2015

Singapore's problems with research grants

The majority of test-checks conducted on projects awarded from 2007 to 2013 under three grant schemes administered by the NRF - the Proof-of-Concept (POC) Grant Scheme, the Competitive Research Programme (CRP) Funding Scheme and the NRF Fellowship - revealed laxity in reviewing progress reports submitted by grant recipients and in taking follow-up action when projects did not meet specified milestones, the Auditor-General's Office (AGO) said.
"As a result, there was no assurance that the intended objectives of the grant schemes had been achieved. Such lapses could lead to wastage of public funds," the AGO stated.

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