Several young investigators in Australia and the US this week received grants to get their independent research programs up and running.

The Australian Research Council named 277 researchers with recent PhDs who are to receive its inaugural Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards. According to The Australian, "the ARC diverted the $104 million funding handed out in DECRAs from its mainstream Discovery Grants program."

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