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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

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.