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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

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.