China\u2019s Ministry of Science and Technology will form a new, independent watchdog to oversee funding for scientific research in the country, state media reported Monday.The move follows high-profile academic scandals earlier this year that left China\u2019s innovation and research efforts with egg on its face. Shanghai Jiaotong University dismissed the dean of its School of Microelectronics after he passed off re-marked Freescale Semiconductor microchips as his own original research. In March, a professor from China\u2019s Tsinghua University, one of the country\u2019s top institutions of higher learning, was removed from his position for faking his academic credentials.The ministry will also introduce new regulations regarding the use of scientific funding, along with evaluation of research by third parties, the state-run newspaper China Daily reported on its website. China\u2019s 11th five-year plan\u2014the central government\u2019s road map of the country\u2019s goals and resource allocations for that period\u2014includes an emphasis on "independent innovation," designed to make China less dependent on foreign technology standards. The 11th plan was approved in March by the National People\u2019s Congress, China\u2019s primary lawmaking body.-Steven Schwankert, IDG News Service (Beijing Bureau)Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.