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Ford Foundation Sunsets Diversity Fellowships
For more than 50 years, the program has served as a pipeline to get more scholars of color into academic institutions.
Ford Foundation Sunsets Diversity Fellowships
Ford Foundation Sunsets Diversity Fellowships

For more than 50 years, the program has served as a pipeline to get more scholars of color into academic institutions.

For more than 50 years, the program has served as a pipeline to get more scholars of color into academic institutions.

NIH funding
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Major, Groundbreaking Increase in Hype in Grant Applications
Christie Wilcox | Aug 30, 2022
Projects funded by the National Institutes of Health increasingly employ subjective and promotional language in describing research, a study finds.
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NIH Fails to Enforce Rules for Reporting Clinical Trial Results
Amanda Heidt | Aug 18, 2022
A review by the US Office of Inspector General found that only about half of the scientists running clinical trials funded by the NIH in 2019 and 2020 appropriately recorded their findings in a federal database, as is legally required.
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In Deep Water With Gül Dölen
Peter Hess, Spectrum | Aug 4, 2022
A researcher’s existential crisis led to a scientific breakthrough.
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Biden Orders More Research on Long COVID
Christie Wilcox | Apr 6, 2022
A new presidential memorandum requires the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate a government-wide push to generate a research action plan for the condition.
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ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS
Natalia Mesa | Apr 1, 2022
After lobbying efforts from lawmakers and science advisors, the new, DARPA-like biomedical research agency will be a part of the National Institutes of Health, but its director will report directly to the secretary of Health and Human Services.
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UNC Research Chief Admits to Plagiarism, Resigns
Natalia Mesa | Mar 11, 2022
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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US Spending Bill to Provide New Funds for Science and Health
Catherine Offord | Mar 10, 2022
The legislation, passed by the House of Representatives yesterday, will increase research agencies’ budgets by around 5 percent in 2022 and support the creation of a new health agency.
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Q&A: Nearly Every Single Human Gene Can Be Linked to Cancer
Dan Robitzski | Oct 29, 2021
The Scientist spoke with University of Liverpool aging and longevity researcher João Pedro de Magalhães about how human biases can influence scientific priorities and outcomes in genetics.
NIH Director Francis Collins receiving his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on December 2020.
Francis Collins to Retire as NIH Director by Year’s End
Christie Wilcox | Oct 5, 2021
Collins has announced his intent to step down after leading the National Institutes of Health for more than 12 years.
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NIH Changes Extension Policy to Better Support Women PIs
Chloe Tenn | Sep 20, 2021
The revision allows more time on previous extensions due to COVID-19 and other life events such as childbirth that disproportionately impact early-career women in science.  
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US House Committee Proposes Increases to Research Funding
Annie Melchor | Jul 14, 2021
Although many of the hikes are less than what the Biden administration had requested, the draft legislation calls for a boost in spending for agencies like NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy.
Pain Researcher Quits Academia, Takes Lab Home with Him
Jef Akst | May 1, 2021
After resigning from the University of New England last year, Geoffrey Bove continues to study the effects of massage on rats in a facility he set up in his house.
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NIH Reverses Limits on Human Fetal Tissue Research
Amanda Heidt | Apr 19, 2021
A new ruling removes the requirement that grants and proposals using the material receive approval from an ethical review board, reverting to the process in place before 2019.
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Science Advocates’ Wishlist for the Biden Administration
Amanda Heidt | Jan 7, 2021
From immigration reform to climate change amelioration, researchers and science policy advocates share their hopes for 2021 and beyond.
2020 in Scientists’ Own Words
Abby Olena | Dec 23, 2020
The world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but researchers rose to all manner of challenges.
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Paper Proposing COVID-19, Magnetism Link to Be Retracted
Shawna Williams | Nov 4, 2020
The study, published in a peer-reviewed journal, has attracted widespread derision from researchers.
Most Members of Federal Fetal Tissue Ethics Panel Oppose Abortion
Lisa Winter | Aug 3, 2020
The members of a new advisory board to the NIH met for the first time and will weigh in on federal funding for grants that rely on donated tissue from abortions.
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NIH Cancels Funding for Bat Coronavirus Research Project
Shawna Williams | Apr 28, 2020
The abrupt termination comes after the research drew President Trump’s attention for its ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Opinion: Grad Students Face Uncertainty During the Pandemic
Lila Westreich | Mar 19, 2020
With mounting feelings of isolation, research projects derailed, and financial futures cast into doubt, grad students are anxious in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.