HHMI Funding Policies
HHMI grants are intended to achieve specific objectives through clearly established programs, thus HHMI does not encourage and rarely funds unsolicited grant proposals.
Most HHMI grants are awarded through competitions that have a formal invitation and review process. To find out about these competitions, visit Research Grants for Individuals and Science Education Grants for Institutions.
If you are an independent investigator:
- HHMI does not make grant awards for investigator-initiated research in the United States. Instead, HHMI employs independent investigators who work at leading research institutions around the United States under collaborative relationships with those institutions.
- HHMI does not award grants for clinical trials, drug testing, or research on health education, health-care delivery, or health services.
- HHMI does not provide support for sabbaticals or brief visits to laboratories.
If you are a student:
- HHMI provides funding to medical, dental, and veterinary students for biomedical research training only through its research training fellowship program and the HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program. (Visit Research Grants for Individuals)
- HHMI is not an academic or degree-granting institution and therefore cannot offer admission to a course of study.
- HHMI does not give scholarships or other financial assistance for study toward a baccalaureate degree, a master's degree, a nursing or other allied health professions degree, or a dental degree.
- HHMI does not have a specific research training program for M.D./Ph.D. students nor does HHMI provide support for the final preparation of a dissertation, postdoctoral research by Ph.D. scientists, or clinical training.
If you are a pre-K to 12th-grade educator:
- HHMI does not provide direct funding to pre-K to 12th-grade schools or school districts, nor does HHMI give grants directly to undergraduate students or to K-12 students and teachers. Instead, HHMI supports pre-K to 12th-grade education outreach programs through its grants to colleges, universities, and biomedical research institutions. (Visit Science Education Grants for Institutions.)
Visit HHMI's online Resource Center to find links to non-HHMI sources of funding at GrantsNet, a database developed by HHMI and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Resource Center also has links to summaries of HHMI-funded programs at colleges, universities, and biomedical research institutions. Once you find a program that interests you, you may contact its program director to obtain more information.