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Opinion: Universities Must Incentivize Field-Based Research as an Equity Issue
Female and minority-identifying researchers face extra challenges in becoming field project leaders. Universities should be providing equivalent numbers of solutions.
Opinion: Universities Must Incentivize Field-Based Research as an Equity Issue
Opinion: Universities Must Incentivize Field-Based Research as an Equity Issue

Female and minority-identifying researchers face extra challenges in becoming field project leaders. Universities should be providing equivalent numbers of solutions.

Female and minority-identifying researchers face extra challenges in becoming field project leaders. Universities should be providing equivalent numbers of solutions.

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FTX Collapse Imperils Philanthropic Research Funding
Shawna Williams | Nov 15, 2022 | 2 min read
Natural science research projects were among those promised funding by the now-collapsed crypto exchange’s “effective altruism” foundations.
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Fred Hutch Receives $710 Million Gift from the Bezos Family
Shawna Williams | Oct 13, 2022 | 1 min read
The donation will fund recruitment, research facilities, clinical research, and immunotherapy research.
The MSC: Regeneration Orchestrator
The Scientist Staff | 7 min read
Scientists uncover the promise of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), also known as medicinal signaling cells, to modulate the immune system and regenerate tissue.
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New Australian Center Will Develop Therapies for Future Pandemics
Shawna Williams | Aug 31, 2022 | 2 min read
Launched with a $172 million philanthropic donation and funds from the state of Victoria, the Melbourne-based research institute aims to construct drug discovery platforms to speed the introduction of new therapies.
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EU Cancels Funding for UK Researchers in Ongoing Brexit Fallout
Catherine Offord | Jul 6, 2022 | 2 min read
More than 100 grants previously approved for applicants in Britain have been scrapped amid a continuing dispute over the UK’s refusal to fully implement trade arrangements made when the country left the European Union.
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ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Apr 1, 2022 | 3 min read
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, 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. 
 Cofounders and co-CEOs of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
CZI Pledges Billions More Dollars in Science Funding
Catherine Offord | Dec 9, 2021 | 2 min read
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg are dedicating a further $3.4 billion to biomedical and human health research on top of $3 billion invested several years ago, the organization announced this week.
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Scientists Face a Third Round of Charges by Mexican Government
Chloe Tenn | Oct 15, 2021 | 2 min read
Nearly three dozen of Mexico’s leading researchers are being accused of money laundering, embezzlement, and organized crime, a move other academics say is politically motivated.
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Opinion: Policymakers’ Harmful Anti-China Obsession
Christopher Tonnu Jackson | Sep 28, 2021 | 3 min read
Justifying science funding through the lens of global competition risks fostering racial bias and discrimination.
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NIH Changes Extension Policy to Better Support Women PIs
Chloe Tenn | Sep 20, 2021 | 2 min read
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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Maria Leptin Appointed President of European Research Council
Shawna Williams | Jul 7, 2021 | 1 min read
The funding agency for basic research had been led by an interim president for more than a year.
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Quest for Research Freedom Fuels African Biotech Boom
Linda Nordling | Jul 1, 2021 | 6 min read
Tired of dancing to the tunes of international funders, and doubtful that long-promised national grants will come, a handful of African biomedical scientists have turned to private investors to bankroll their dreams of autonomy in the lab.
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US Senate Passes Bill for Nearly $250 Billion in Science Funding
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jun 9, 2021 | 2 min read
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.
Updated June 1
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Science Advisor Nominee Faces Tough Questions from Senate Panel
Jef Akst | Apr 30, 2021 | 2 min read
Senators raise concerns about how Eric Lander of the Broad Institute has handled equality issues.
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US Lawmakers Propose Doubling of NSF Funding
Asher Jones | Mar 29, 2021 | 2 min read
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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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.
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Voters in California Extend Life of Stem Cell Funding Agency
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 13, 2020 | 2 min read
The state will take on additional debt to finance CIRM, which will now continue to fund stem cell research, training, and clinical trials.
UK Government to Boost R&D Spending
Catherine Offord | Mar 13, 2020 | 2 min read
The 2020 budget includes a 15 percent increase in public funding for research and development next year, but some scientists want more details on where the money will go.
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