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The Grand Grants

Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship blog writes that NIH has put up a tentative timeline for reviewing Challenge Grants. The process will likely involve a two-stage editorial board review by specialized experts and experienced reviewers. MWEG estimates that the first stage will be done in June and the second in July.

NIH's other stimulus-related grants are the Grand Opportunities. For these two-year awards, NIH will spend $200 million and each grant will be for $1 million or more, says Science Insider. "The GO grants will support large-scale research projects that accelerate critical breakthroughs, early and applied research on cutting edge technologies, and new approaches to improve the synergy and interactions among multi and interdisciplinary research teams," says the NIH press release. A letter of intent is due April 27th, so get cracking.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.