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Do the Experiment, Then Ask for It to Be Funded

After not being funded through a new investigator program, Professor in Training asks what exactly is needed for a new PI to get a grant. She is particularly interested in knowing the weight given to prior funding, quantity of preliminary data, and academic pedigree. BlueLabCoats' drdrA takes up the task to address these concerns. For the first, she says that postdoctoral funding matters -- but that by how much "depends." For prelim data, she says you have to show the reviewers that you can successfully complete the project. "My most successful applications have been ones where I had a piece of credible preliminary data to support every single experimental aim and technique," drdrA writes, adding that it seems like overkill. Finally, pedigree does matter, though she says if you get in some good networking at meetings, that'll be a big help.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.