Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Show-and-Tell Tomorrow on Handing Out California's Next $1 Billion for Stem Cell Research

Want to know more – from the horse’s mouth, so to speak -- about how California’s stem cell agency plans to give away its next $1 billion?

The public and researchers have a chance to hear directly tomorrow, via the Internet, from the agency concerning its plans for CIRM 2.0, the name of its new fast-track plan for handing out cash.

Registration is required, however, for the Webinar, which is scheduled for 12 p.m. PST.  CIRM says,
“Questions may be submitted in advance of the Webinar via email to cschaffer@cirm.ca.gov or via Webex registration.  During the webinar questions may be submitted via the Webex Q&A functionality.”
CIRM 2.0 was initiated by CIRM President Randy Mills as part of his efforts after he was appointed last spring. Mills will be personally presenting the proposal for the Webinar.

The agency says the plan is intended to put money in the hands of researchers with greater alacrity and improve the quality of grant applications. The agency describes the changes in the award process as radical.  Read more about it here, here and here
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