Grants to Colleges and Universities

HHMI faciliates synergy among its consellation of Professors and Institutional grantees. 

In 2014, HHMI selected 37 research universities to receive $60 million in grants over 5 years to improve how science is taught. The initiative enables the schools to focus on significant and sustained improvement in retaining students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This 2014 competition specifically challenged universities to develop and sustain strategies that would significantly increase the persistence in science of undergraduate students from all backgrounds. Also in 2014, HHMI supported three research universities to adapt and replicate the Meyerhoff Scholars Program.

The last initiative for the colleges competition was held in 2012, HHMI selected 47 small colleges and universities as the recipients of grants totaling over $50 million to prepare undergraduates to become leaders in science, medicine, and society. The 2012 grantees produced a Compendium of Major Accomplishments prior to their capstone meeting in 2017.



Constellation Studios Overview

From 2015 to 2017, HHMI hosted the Science Education Constellation Studios to respond to the needs of the HHMI grantee community. The Studios were held in the fall and spring of each year and chaired by HHMI program directors and professors, engaging 40-50 participants at each meeting. Each Studio was constructed to provide an opportunity for participants to explore a particular shared interest or challenge through focused activities and interactions with each other as well as invited science education experts. 


  • Opportunity to interact with your fellow program directors and professors and others in the science education community twice per year during the grant term.
  • Community relevant themed and agenda responsive studios with smaller group sessions. 
  • Networking and resource opportunities to learn about the different perspectives of thought leaders in science education and support continuous community development and collaborative engagement. 
  • Continue to engage with your Studio colleagues and others via Studio-specific groups on AAAS' online community of scientists, Trellis.
  • All travel and accommodations arranged and paid by HHMI.


HHMI professors and active program directors were eligible to attend each Studio, with priority for the first wave of registration given to those who did not attend the previous year’s Studios.


A year prior, HHMI announced the dates for the fall and spring Studios and invited all HHMI professors and active program directors to submit concepts for the two Studios, along with an indication of willingness to participate in the planning committee comprising two professor/program director co-chairs. Studio concepts had to be aligned with the objectives of the undergraduate program.

An internal committee of HHMI staff selected the two Studio topics and invited all HHMI professors and active program directors to register on a first come first served basis, with priority given to those who had not had a chance or had fewer chances to attend a Studio.

HHMI professors and active program directors could nominate someone with deep knowledge of their grant funded program to attend on their behalf.