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To Change Horses Halfway Through

The Office of Extramural Research at the US National Institutes of Health has allowed multiple investigators on grant applications since 2007 "to promote team science and multidisciplinary approaches to biomedical research," says the office's Extramural Nexus publication. Though a request for multiple principal investigators was only allowed on new or renewal applications. The policy has now been revised to allow changes mid-award. "We determined that unique circumstances may arise in which it would be in the best interest of a project to change the leadership model mid-award, and that peer review of the new leadership team and leadership plan may not be essential in these cases," the post says. The notice may be seen here.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.