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Opinion: A Call for Open Funding Procedures
How funders can improve transparency to foster efficiency and diversity in research
Opinion: A Call for Open Funding Procedures
Opinion: A Call for Open Funding Procedures

How funders can improve transparency to foster efficiency and diversity in research

How funders can improve transparency to foster efficiency and diversity in research

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Plant Biologist Jane Silverthorne Dies at 69
Katherine Irving | Nov 8, 2022 | 2 min read
Silverthorne shaped the development of many NSF programs driving innovation in plant biology and agriculture. 
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White House Names Monica Bertagnolli as NCI Director
Andy Carstens | Aug 10, 2022 | 2 min read
The announcement confirms earlier reports that Bertagnolli will become the first woman to lead the National Cancer Institute since its founding in 1937.
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Clinical Trial Registry Errors Undermine Transparency
Catherine Offord | Aug 2, 2022 | 10 min read
A lack of comprehension among some researchers about how to use ClinicalTrials.gov may be hindering public access to trial information and holding up drug study results, an investigation by The Scientist finds.
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HHMI to Award More than $1 Billion to Promote Equity in Research
Andy Carstens | May 26, 2022 | 2 min read
A new program will provide 150 early-career scientists committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity up to $8.6 million each.
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UNC Research Chief Admits to Plagiarism, Resigns
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Mar 11, 2022 | 2 min read
Geneticist Terry Magnuson steps down as vice-chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after he copied text from multiple sources he found online into a grant application. 
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Q&A: A Randomized Approach to Awarding Grants
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Feb 25, 2022 | 6 min read
Denmark’s Novo Nordisk Foundation says it hopes that adding a randomization step to its award process will reduce implicit biases in selection and lead to funding more innovative, impactful research.
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Analysis: Asian Researchers Scarce Among Biomedical Award Winners
Dan Robitzski | Feb 4, 2022 | 5 min read
Multiple prestigious US biomedical research awards have rarely or never been granted to a scientist with Asian ancestry, illustrating racial bias within American research societies and institutions, a researcher argues.
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HHMI Kickstarts $2 Billion Initiative to Boost Diversity in STEM
Chloe Tenn | Nov 23, 2021 | 7 min read
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute will invest the funds over 10 years across all stages of the STEM pipeline.
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Hackers Bring Dutch Research Funding Agency to Standstill
Asher Jones | Mar 8, 2021 | 2 min read
After refusing to pay the ransom demanded by those behind a cyberattack, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research has been out of action since February 8.
Fixing the Flaws in Animal Research
Diana Kwon | Sep 1, 2019 | 8 min read
Many preclinical studies carried out in vivo are poorly designed and generate irreproducible data, but efforts to address the problem are on the rise.
UK Announces Fast-Track Visa to Recruit Top Scientists
Ashley Yeager | Aug 9, 2019 | 2 min read
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the immigration program will help the nation remain a science superpower post-Brexit.
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Is Mandatory Retirement the Answer to an Aging Workforce?
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2019 | 8 min read
For many, it’s not a question of when senior academics should leave their posts, it’s about how to distribute scarce resources such as grants and faculty positions more fairly.
After Shutdown, NSF Catching Up on Review Panels, Funding Requests
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 1, 2019 | 2 min read
All the while, staff members are meeting daily to prepare for another possible pause in operations come mid-month.
Government Shutdown Hits Funding, Resources, and Morale in Science  
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 11, 2019 | 2 min read
From missing paychecks to delayed grants to canceled travel, federal research is feeling the sting.
Government Shutdown Affects NSF, FDA, Other Science Agencies
Catherine Offord | Dec 28, 2018 | 2 min read
The ongoing stalemate over the federal budget has forced one-quarter of the US government to begin a second week of closure.
Plan S: The Ambitious Initiative to End the Reign of Paywalls
Diana Kwon | Dec 19, 2018 | 7 min read
A funder-driven push for freely accessible scholarly literature has divided the scientific community.
NSF Unveils New Sexual Harassment Policy
Catherine Offord | Sep 21, 2018 | 2 min read
The measures include, in specific cases, terminating awards for researchers who have been found guilty in investigations by their institutions.
NIH Announces Plans to Update Harassment Policies
Jef Akst | Sep 19, 2018 | 2 min read
The agency also declares its intent to better educate the scientific community about sexual harassment.
UK Politicians Propose New “Research Integrity” Watchdog
Catherine Offord | Jul 11, 2018 | 2 min read
A report recommends the creation of a national committee to oversee universities’ handling of misconduct investigations.
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