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ERC Supports More Than 400 Young Scientists

Nature's The Great Beyond reports that the European Research Council is funding 427 early career investigators €580 million in its third round of Starting Grants, which are worth up to €2 million each. According to Nature, 2,873 researchers applied for the awards this year. More than a third — 35.8 percent — of the grants fund life sciences research across the European Union. Researchers in the UK won 79 grants, "closely followed by France with 71 and Germany with 67," Nature adds. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science said in an ERC statement that she hopes that "we will see more Nobel prizes awarded to ERC-funded top talent."

Earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health rolled out its Early Independence Award program, which will fund 10 early career investigators $250,000 per year for five years to initiate independent labs.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.