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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, December 17, 2020

NIH announces new funding for diverse scholars

The National Institutes of Health announced last week that they will offer new support to institutions to recruit diverse cohorts of junior research faculty members and to prepare these cohorts for future success as NIH-funded researchers. The initiative will target women, scientists from underrepresented racial groups, those with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Read more about the program on Inside Higher Ed.


Flagship research universities brace for potential austerity

Public research universities largely came into the pandemic fiscally stronger than their regional counterparts and many private institutions. But Covid-19 pressured them on every front. These  institutions are now looking ahead to another year of fiscal pressure and unknowns, and bracing for potential cuts. Read more on the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Take a look at how COVID science changed research publishing in seven charts

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted science in 2020 — and transformed research publishing, show data collated and analyzed by Nature. Around four percent of the world’s research output was devoted to the coronavirus in 2020, according to one database. But 2020 also saw a sharp increase in articles on all subjects being submitted to scientific journals — perhaps because many researchers had to stay at home and focus on writing up papers rather than conducting science. Take a look at how COVID-19 affected research publishing in seven charts.


Weekly Research Update to return in 2021

The Weekly Research Update will be taking a break for the holidays, returning on Thursday, January 7, 2021. This newsletter began in the spring as a vehicle to keep the Office of the Vice President for Research connected with the University of South Carolina research community as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted normal operations. We look forward to continuing it in the coming year. The Office of the Vice President for Research would like to wish all of our readers a very happy holiday season, and bright, healthy new year.


17 December 2020

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