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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, August 5, 2021

National Institutes of Health unveils new strategic plan

The new NIH strategic plan for FY2021-2025 outlines the agency’s vision and key priorities for the coming years. The plan is organized around a framework of three key objectives:

  • Advancing biomedical and behavioral sciences
  • Developing, maintaining and renewing scientific research capacity
  • Exemplifying and promoting the highest level of scientific integrity, public accountability and social responsibility in the conduct of science

It incorporates five themes across these objectives, centered around minority health and health disparities, women’s health, public health challenges across the lifespan, collaborative science and data science. Read more about the plan on the NIH extramural NEXUS blog.


New article shows how COVID “Fast Grants” sped up pandemic science

What happened when an economics researcher, a bioengineer and a tech entrepreneur joined forces in a pandemic? They envisaged a research-grant system with an application form that can be completed in less than 30 minutes, a decision-making process that takes just 48 hours and funding that arrives within a week. A new article on examines this fast grant model.


5 August 2021

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