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NSF Plans to Add Two Pages to Its Grant Apps

ScienceInsider reports that Edward Seidel, acting director of the mathematics and physical sciences division of the National Science Foundation, has announced the funding agency's "intention to require all applicants to submit a data management plan along with their grant application," as "part of a broader move by NSF and other federal agencies to emphasize the importance of community access to data." According to ScienceInsider, the "NSF's current policy requires grantees to share their data within a reasonable length of time so long as the cost is modest." ScienceInsider reports that the new policy is expected to be unveiled this fall — under it, researchers would be required to submit their data-management plans as a two-page supplement to the standard proposal, such that it will become an additional "element of the merit review process." Seidel also said that the new NSF policy "doesn't address open access with regards to publishing," specifically.

The Scan

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.

Estonian Biobank Team Digs into Results Return Strategies, Experiences

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics outline a procedure developed for individual return of results for the population biobank, along with participant experiences conveyed in survey data.

Rare Recessive Disease Insights Found in Individual Genomes

Researchers predict in Genome Medicine cross-population deletions and autosomal recessive disease impacts by analyzing recurrent nonallelic homologous recombination-related deletions.

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.