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ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS
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.
ABOVE: Carol M. Highsmith
ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS
ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS

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.

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.

ABOVE: Carol M. Highsmith

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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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Justifying science funding through the lens of global competition risks fostering racial bias and discrimination.
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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 Senate Passes Bill for Nearly $250 Billion in Science Funding
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The legislation, which now heads to the House, aims to ensure the country can compete with China technologically by supporting research and development over the next five years.
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Senators raise concerns about how Eric Lander of the Broad Institute has handled equality issues.
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A bipartisan bill aims to increase the National Science Foundation’s budget over the next five years and form a new technology directorate.
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Proposed Deep-Sea Mining Zone Harbors Previously Unknown Species
Catherine Offord | Oct 17, 2019
The discovery of ancient clades of brittle stars at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean adds to concerns that commercial exploitation of the area could destroy numerous taxa before they’ve even been identified.
Brazil’s Researchers Criticize Budget Freeze
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Scientists have attacked the government’s spending policies after it locked down nearly half of the money that had been allocated for science funding.
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Study Finds Gender Imbalances in First-Time NIH Awards
Shawna Williams | Mar 8, 2019
Overall, men received more money on average, but R01s were an exception.
Hungarian Researchers Protest Against Government Changes to Funding
Catherine Offord | Feb 13, 2019
Demonstrations took place in the country’s capital on Tuesday following what many researchers see as a threat to academic freedom.