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NIH has updated its policy for submitting videos as part of grant applications.

Applications submitted next year can include videos that demonstrate "devices and experimental data with a temporal element, which refers to the need to show how something functions or occurs over time, or demonstrates movement or change."

Previously, NIH permitted grant applicants to submit videos and other "non-traditional" application materials such as devices, but the new policy limits such submissions to video only.

Examples of acceptable content include "unusual interventions or surgical procedures, prototype model use, visualization of 3D structures or structural changes in molecules or cells, software or database demonstrations, educational materials or video games."

The agency does not want to see "virtual tours of laboratories, equipment in place, platform presentations, advertisements, commercials, or PowerPoint presentations."

We're not sure where the Dance Your PhD contest falls within these guidelines.

The Scan

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.

J&J Booster Support

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted to support a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

To Keep the Cases Moving

The president of the UK Royal College of Pathologists tells the Financial Times that more investment is needed to tackle a backlog of cases.

NAS Expels Archaeologist

Science reports Luis Jaime Castillo Butters' expulsion is the first of an international member from the US National Academy of Sciences.