Hiring friends with grant money?

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In our newest “how can we help you?” thread, a reader asks:

Is it permissible to use your grant money to hire friends who are not experts in the funded area (though still can contribute) to support them financially? Thanks in advance!

Another reader immediately submitted the following reply:

That is unethical and in some places it is illegal. Don’t do it

I’m not sure there is much more to say here. Although I’ve heard anecdotally that nepotism may be common in certain places, it’s widely considered to be an unethical practice and I definitely wouldn’t want to run the risk of getting in serious institutional or legal trouble for misusing grant money. But these are just my thoughts. What are yours?

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