Recently, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced the selection of 56 new investigators throughout a nationwide competition. 1,070 faculty members with 4 to 10 years of experience from more than 200 institutes applied. The competition is keen! Only the nation's most creative scientists are being given the opportunity to tackle their most ambitious, risky research plans. HHMI is committing more than $600 million over their first term of appointment. So averagely, each HHMI investigator will be offered $10 million over next 5-6 years. This is a huge amount of money!
Noticeably, this is the first time that HHMI opened up a general competition to the direct application process, without institutional approval. HHMI changed the way it selects investigators to ensure that candidates are drawn from a broader and deeper pool of scientists.
Click here to view the Bios of the 2008 New HHMI Investigators.