Details about deadlines and other relevant dates for this program were updated on April 3, 2020. Please see the program page for complete and updated details.

HHMI will appoint approximately 20 new Investigators through a national open competition. 

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is seeking to appoint approximately 20 new Investigators through a national open competition. This effort will expand HHMI’s community of nearly 300 Investigators, who perform basic biological research across the nation.

HHMI Investigators receive a seven-year appointment, which is renewable pending favorable scientific review. HHMI encourages Investigators to push their research fields into new areas of inquiry.

“When you become an HHMI Investigator, you join a community of excellent scientists – scientists who are motivated to understand biology at a deeper level, who want to explore new frontiers, and who are eager to communicate and collaborate with their colleagues,” says David Clapham, HHMI’s vice president and chief scientific officer.

The HHMI Investigator competition is open to basic researchers and physician scientists from more than 200 eligible institutions who catalyze discovery research in basic and biomedical sciences, plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology.

Candidates apply directly to HHMI. Applications must be received by September 2, 2020. The Investigator Program is open to individuals who:

  • Hold a PhD and/or MD (or the equivalent).
  • Have a tenured or tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher academic rank (or the equivalent) at an eligible US institution. Federal government employees are not eligible.
  • Have more than five but no more than 15 years of post-training, professional experience.
  • Are the principal investigator on one or more active, national peer-reviewed research grants with an initial duration of at least three years as of April 1, 2020. Mentored awards and training grants do not qualify. Multi-investigator grants may qualify.

Distinguished scientists will evaluate the applications. Semifinalists will be selected and invited to a scientific symposium at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, where they will make a brief research presentation to HHMI scientific leadership and the final advisory panel. The dates for notifying the applicants of their status in the competition, including if they were selected to be a semifinalist, and the date of the mandatory full-day symposium for semifinalists, will be provided by September 2, 2020. For those selected as finalists, HHMI Investigator appointments may start as early as September 1, 2022.

In 2018, HHMI selected 19 scientists as HHMI Investigators. HHMI provides each Investigator with a full salary, benefits, and research budget during their appointment. The Institute will also cover other expenses, including the purchase of critical equipment.

Through the HHMI Investigator Program, the Institute has joined with more than 60 distinguished US universities, hospitals, institutes, and medical schools to create an environment that provides flexible, long-term support for HHMI scientists and members of their research teams. HHMI Investigators are widely recognized for their creativity and research accomplishments: more than 150 HHMI Investigators are members of the National Academy of Sciences, and there are currently 15 HHMI Investigators who are Nobel laureates.


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute plays an important role in advancing scientific research and education in the United States. Its scientists, located across the country and around the world, have made important discoveries that advance both human health and our fundamental understanding of biology. The Institute also aims to transform science education into a creative, interdisciplinary endeavor that reflects the excitement of real research. HHMI’s headquarters are located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC.

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