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Appeal and Funds

Some scientists whose applications to the Australian Research Council for funding were denied due to a rule change have appealed that decision and subsequently received a grant, the Guardian reports.

It reported in August that a rule change disallowed the citation of preprints anywhere in a funding proposal, when previously they only could not be listed in the CV section. This led to a number of funding applications to be denied out of hand. An ensuing backlash led the council to rescind its rule and allow the citation of preprints, but that change didn't apply to previously submitted applications.

More than two dozen researchers whose applications were denied because of the preprint rule appealed, according to the Guardian. Their applications as well as a further six applications were reviewed, and, of these 32 applications, six have now been awarded funding, it adds. This set included five Discovery Early Career Researcher Award applications and one Future Fellowships application, grants that the Guardian says can make a scientist's career, as they provide multi-year salary funding.

The Scan

For STEM Students to Stay

New policy changes will make it easier for international STEM students to stay in the US after graduation, the Wall Street Journal reports.

To Inform or Not, To Know or Not

The New York Times writes that some genetic biobanks may re-contact donors if they spot something troublesome, but it notes that not all donors want that information.

Rapid Test Studies

Researchers are examining why rapid tests may be less effective at detecting the Omicron variant and how to improve them, NPR says.

PLOS Papers on SARS-CoV-2 Diversity in Delaware, Metastatic Breast Cancer, Adiposity GWAS

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 isolates from Delaware, gene expression and protein-protein interaction patterns in metastatic breast cancer, and more.