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Give Grants a Chance

The National Health Council aims to give "unfunded NIH applications the potential for a new lease on life" through, its portal for peer-reviewed proposals that scored just shy of their grant program paylines. "Researchers whose meritorious grant proposals were reviewed, but not funded, by the NIH are being invited to post their abstracts and contact information on the Web site," NHC says, such that private organizations can easily find, and opt to fund, promising projects that suit their specific interests. At the NIH Office of Extramural Research blog, Extramural Nexus, Deputy Director Sally Rockey says that site's launch is "good news on the where-am-I-going-to-get-my-grant-funded-in-today's-economy front." In the NHC statement, she adds that "by using this site, research institutions may find an easy way to seek alternative financial support, allowing more time to conduct important research to aid in the development of medical breakthroughs for patients." According to NHC, 42 patient advocacy organizations have already posted their information to the site. In the future, NHC expects that "the site will eventually expand to include other funding sources, including corporations and private investors." At the Extramural Nexus blog, Rockey says she is "looking forward to watching this idea roll out and evolve."

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.