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New Program for New Science

The National Science Foundation has launched a new program for researchers with unusual ideas, through which it will fund new types of research, reports ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis. The program — Creative Research Awards for Transformative Interdisciplinary Ventures, or CREATIV — offers grants of up to $1 million over five years, and allows researchers to skip the normal peer-review process required to get funding, Mervis says. This new "streamlined" approach means that proposals won't be judged by external review panels, but only by NSF program managers, he adds. And funding decisions for this program will be made within two to three months. NSF Director Subra Suresh says the agency is looking for "unusually innovative, unconventional, high-risk, and interdisciplinary proposals."

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.