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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 60 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.

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 was named in 2016.

International Programs

Two 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 former KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH), located in South Africa, was established in 2009 through a partnership between HHMI and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In 2016, K-RITH merged with the Africa Centre to become the Africa Health Research Institute.

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program supports diversity in the biomedical research community by recruiting and retaining individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Through their successful careers as academic scientists, Hanna H. Gray Fellows move science forward and inspire the next generation of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. Fellows receive funding for their postdoctoral training and, if eligible, in their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.

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

Application Deadline: January 10, 2018 3 p.m. ET

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

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Janelia Research Campus