2009 HHMI EARLY CAREER SCIENTIST COMPETITION
What are the eligibility requirements?
To be eligible for this competition you must:
Hold a tenure-track (or equivalent) position at one of the approximately 200 eligible institutions.
Have between two and six years of experience since your first appointment as an assistant professor or an equivalent position. In order to meet this requirement, an applicant's first faculty position as assistant professor must have begun no earlier than June 1, 2002, and no later than September 1, 2006. An applicant who has been granted a tenure clock extension or a leave of absence by his or her institution for reasons such as family care needs, illness, or military service may request a comparable extension of the career-stage range. Such applicants should provide information about the tenure clock extension or leave of absence received from their institution in an email to email@example.com
I am an adjunct professor at one of the listed institutions and a tenure-track faculty member at another institution that is not on the list. Am I eligible?
No. Only applicants who hold a tenure-track position at an eligible institution will be considered in this competition.
My primary appointment and research space are at a Veterans Health Administration facility, although I am on the faculty at an eligible institution. Am I eligible?
No. Federal employees are not eligible for this competition. Therefore, you would not be eligible if your primary appointment and/or principal research location is at a federal institution such as a Veterans Administration hospital or a national laboratory.
My primary institution does not have a tenure track. Am I eligible?
For institutions that do not have a tenure track, eligible candidates must hold an appointment that reflects a tangible and significant institutional commitment. If you are uncertain about whether the terms of your appointment satisfy this requirement, please provide us with information about the terms of your appointment prior to submitting an application. You may send that information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will respond as soon as possible.
I do not have any research grants. Am I still eligible?
Yes. Applicants are not required to have any research grants to be eligible.
I already have early career awards from two foundations. Am I still eligible?
You are eligible. But if your application is successful, one of the awards would have to be terminated or relinquished prior to your appointment to HHMI. Early career scientists may hold only one early career award from a federal agency—for example, the NIH Director's New Innovator Award and the NSF CAREER Award—or from a foundation.
Can I defer my HHMI early career scientist appointment while I wait for one or more of my early career awards to terminate?
HHMI wishes to direct its support where it will have the greatest impact and therefore appointment as an early career scientist cannot be delayed for more than six months for this reason.
I am just a few months short of having two years of experience as a faculty member. Am I eligible?
Eligibility is determined by the date when you first became an assistant professor or assumed an equivalent position. For purposes of this competition, we expect that you would have first assumed such a position no later than September 1, 2006.
I have been a faculty member for more than six years but my career was interrupted for several years. If you take the interruption into account, I would be within the six-year limit. Could I be eligible?
In general, a tenure clock extension or a leave of absence from your institution for reasons such as family care needs, illness, or military service will justify an extension of the career-stage range. Applicants who received a tenure clock extension or a leave of absence for this type of reason may request a comparable extension. Applicants should provide information about the tenure clock extension or leave of absence received from the host institution to email@example.com
What is HHMI policy with regard to eligibility of faculty members with administrative responsibilities?
HHMI expects early career scientists to devote 75 percent of their time to the direct conduct of research. Up to 25 percent of an early career scientist's time may be spent on teaching, patient care, committee responsibilities, and other nonresearch activities that include grant and journal reviewing, consulting (subject to HHMI's rules on consulting), and participation in the activities of a scholarly society.