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Biomedical Research Programs

HHMI is a recognized leader in biomedical research. Our research programs support people, not projects, and give our scientists the time and freedom to pursue difficult, long-range questions. We encourage creativity, collaboration, and interdisciplinary thinking.

Thomas Sudhof
HHMI Investigator Thomas Sudhof, in his lab at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.


HHMI Investigator Program

Approximately 330 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators, widely known for their creativity and productivity, are pushing the bounds of knowledge in biomedical research. The location of our scientists at more than 70 research institutions across the United States extends the impact of our investment by strengthening the capacity of these institutions to support groundbreaking science. Through a collaboration with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, an exceptional group of plant scientists became investigators in 2011. HHMI’s Collaborative Innovation Awards (HCIA) support interdisciplinary teams of scientists, each of which is led by an HHMI investigator, in conducting potentially transformative research.

Early Career Scientist Program

HHMI’s early career scientists are among the nation's most promising researchers, appointed to the Institute at a critical stage of their careers.

Faculty Scholars Program

With this new program, HHMI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation are collaborating to provide funding, mentoring opportunities, and other critical resources to encourage early career scientists. The inaugural group of Faculty Scholars will be named in mid-2016.

International Programs

Two HHMI international programs, the International Early Career Scientist Program and the Senior International Scholars Program, support the careers and scientific creativity of outstanding scientists working abroad. The KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) is a research center in South Africa, established through a partnership between HHMI and the University of KwaZulu-Natal to address the global health challenge of HIV and tuberculosis coinfection.

Janelia Research Campus

Janelia is a pioneering research center in Ashburn, VA, where scientists from many disciplines collaborate on some of science’s most challenging problems. HHMI scientists at Janelia study the inner workings of the brain and invent revolutionary imaging technologies to expedite discoveries in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary environment.

Open Competitions

The Faculty Scholars program is now accepting applications.
The Janelia Fellows program is currently accepting applications. The deadline for materials is May...

How We Advance Science

HHMI Investigator Robert Lefkowitz

HHMI funds exceptionally talented scientists and educators to advance the front lines of biomedical research and train the next generation of scientific leaders.

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Research Positions in HHMI Labs

Brandeis University
Harvard College, Arts & Sciences