eNewsletter | June 26th, 2017.

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NIH abandons controversial plan to cap grants to big labs, creates new fund for younger scientists

Next Generation Researchers Initiative.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is dropping a controversial, 1-month-old plan to cap the amount of support an individual scientist can receive in order to spread funds to more investigators. Instead, the agency will eventually devote $1 billion a year—about 3% of its $34 billion budget—specifically to funding proposals from early- and midcareer investigators.

NIH will set aside $210 million this year to fund proposals from early- and midstage investigators who score well in peer review but fall short of the funding cutoff. The beneficiaries will include young researchers seeking their first grant, those in midcareer who are renewing an initial grant, and midcareer “rising stars” who are seeking a second grant what would stabilize their careers.

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The problem with scientific publishing

And how to fix it

PERIODICAL journals have been the principal means of disseminating science since the 17th century. Over the intervening three-and-a-half centuries journals have established conventions for publication—such as insisting on independent (and usually anonymous) peer review of submissions—that are intended to preserve the integrity of the scientific process. But they have come under increasing attack in recent years. What is wrong with scientific publishing in journals, and how can it be fixed?.

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Maddox Prize 2017 nominations

Call for nominations

The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. Nominations are now open for the 2017 prize.

The winner of the John Maddox Prize receives £2000, and an announcement of the winner is published in Nature. The award is presented each year at a reception in November.

Nominations close July 31st 2017.

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Scientists in Limbo as US Supreme Court Allows Modified Travel Ban

Justices overturn lower court rulings on policy targeting people from six majority-Muslim countries

The court’s decision, announced on June 26, casts doubt on the fate of students and scientists from these countries who hope to study or work in the United States. It bars citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from traveling to the United States unless they have a “bona fide” connection with a person or entity in the country. Such a relationship should be formal and documented, the court said. Examples include a person with an offer of admission from a US university or someone who has accepted a job offer from a US company or organization.

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