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Van Andel Research Institute fined $5.5 million for allegedly not reporting grants from China

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By James Ledbetter | Jan 8, 2020

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According to the Associated Press, two researchers at a Michigan research institute have been accused of not disclosing Chinese government grants that organizations are required by federal law to report.

According to records, two researchers with the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids received research grants and failed to inform the proper authorities, the Justice Department announced last month.

The DOJ and the Van Andel Research Institute reached a settlement of $5.5 million in fines and fees for the alleged transgression.

The Justice Department reports that the efforts are a part of a huge crackdown. According to the Associated Press, there are many organizations secretly taking donated money from foreign entities, and most of the donations are coming from China and going to various institutions and universities.

The DOJ also confirms that all the American universities and institutions have been warned numerous times that all donations and grants from foreign entities must be reported to the proper authorities

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