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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

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.