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Saturday, December 11, 2010


New International Competition Focuses on Early Career Scientists

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute today launched an international competition to select up to 35 early career scientists working at academic institutions in 18 countries on five continents with the goal of helping these talented individuals establish independent research programs.

The Institute has committed $24 million for the International Early Career Scientist Program and will award each scientist who is selected a total of $650,000 over five years. The competition is open to scientists who have trained in the U.S., run their own labs for less than seven years, and work in one of 18 eligible countries. Those countries are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey. Eligible researchers in these countries are invited to submit applications.

Awardees will receive five-year grants—$250,000 in the first year, and $100,000 each subsequent year—and will be invited to participate in research meetings with HHMI investigators and early career scientists. They will also be eligible to receive a five-year extension of the grant upon completion of a successful review, for a potential total of 10 years of research funding.

The competition opens on December 1, 2010, and closes February 23, 2011. Interested scientists can submit their applications on HHMI’s website,
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