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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

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.