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To Smith a Grant

For those kicking off the year with working on grant applications, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease has posted examples of "exceptional R01 applications in the shorter format," as the institute's blog points out here. The four examples are annotated to point out their "excellent grantsmanship attributes." For example, in the application from the Broad Institute's Carolina Wahlby, the NIAID staff indicates the parts of the significance portion of her research strategy section that gives background information about the project, shows how it relates to her recent work, identifies a gap in the field, and describes how the project is related to human health.

In a comment on the NIAID blog and on his own blog, DrugMonkey says he'd also like to see examples of good applications that were not funded. "My bet is that they could have easily put up a few selected near-miss applications and similarly noted ... the excellent grantsmithing," DrugMonkey writes at his blog. "Similarly, you can go through these awEsomeZ! applications and find sections that violate fairly basic grantwriting advice."

The Scan

Vaccine Update Recommended

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster vaccines be updated to target Omicron, CNBC reports.

US to Make More Vaccines for Monkeypox Available

The US is to make nearly 300,000 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks to stem the spread of human monkeypox virus, according to NPR.

Sentence Appealed

The Associated Press reports that Swedish prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to a surgeon once lauded for transplanting synthetic tracheas but then convicted of causing bodily harm.

Genome Biology Papers on COVID-19 Effector Genes, Virtual ChIP-seq, scDART

In Genome Biology this week: proposed COVID-19 effector genes, method to predict transcription factor binding patterns, and more.