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The Odds of a Funded Grant

The overall success rate of getting an NIH grant funded in 2009 was 20.6 percent, reports Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship. She breaks the data down further to find that R21s have success rates below those of R01s and lists grant success rates for R21s at some of the major institutes: 14.5 percent at NHLBI, 13.7 percent at NCI, and 7.9 percent at NIGMS. NIMH has a high R21 success rate, coming in at 20.1 percent. "In general, in fact, NIMH looks to be a nice place to go for money … except for R03s, which have a success rate of 9.6%," she writes.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.