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YIPs at the DoD

At her blog, Janus Professor shares her take on applying for Department of Defense Young Investigator Program funding — and how it's slightly different than applying for grants through the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health. To receive funding through the various DoD YIPs, the blogger writes, applicants must be US citizens who've received their PhD no more than five years ago. "These requirements whittle down the playing field, so your chances of being funded — if eligible — are seemingly high," Janus Professor writes, adding that the major "problem is with getting your foot in the door." Program managers at the DoD, Janus Professor says, prefer that applicants "bounce ideas" off of them to "find what fits into their program." Conversely, at the NSF, for example, applicants are welcome to submit proposals on just about anything they'd like, she notes. In speaking with colleagues, Janus Professor was given the advice "to arrange appointments with the [DoD] PMs when you are in DC," because "communicating with a program director prior to submission is critical."

The Scan

Highly Similar

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Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

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