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Even after attending a session on obtaining NIH grants, Juniorprof is still confused about the role of preliminary data in new investigators' applications -- especially with the new 12-page application. The presenters said that new investigators would not have to have as much preliminary data as established investigators, but Juniorprof says this goes against all he's heard from people on study sections. "Basically, I have no idea how to reconcile these disparate views and I said as much in the session. No clear answers but the new rules for new investigators were referenced heavily in all responses," Juniorprof writes.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.