New Award Program from HHMI, the Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation

Faculty Scholars Program

New Award Program from HHMI, the Gates Foundation, and the Simons FoundationThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation are holding a joint national competition for grants to outstanding early career scientists as Faculty Scholars. This competition will strengthen the community of basic researchers and physician scientists who bring innovative approaches to the study of biological problems. Scholars will apply molecular, genetic, computational and theoretical approaches to fundamental problems in diverse areas of biology. Those conducting research at the interface of the biological and physical sciences are especially encouraged to apply as are physician scientists and others studying biological questions emerging from and applicable to global human health problems, including malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, and other diseases that disproportionately affect individuals living in low resource settings.

HHMI expects to appoint up to 70 Faculty Scholars. The awards will range from $100,000 to $400,000 per year based on several factors, including awardee’s current external grant support.

There are no limits on the number of applicants or awardees from any eligible institution, and candidates apply directly without an institutional nomination.

In brief, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of the application deadline:

  • PhD and/or MD (or the equivalent).
  • Tenured or tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher academic rank at an eligible U.S. institution, or, if at an eligible institution that has no tenure track, an appointment that reflects a significant institutional commitment. Federal government employees are not eligible.
  • More than 4, but no more than 10, years of post-training, professional experience. To meet this requirement, the applicant’s post-training, professional experience must have begun no earlier than June 1, 2005, and no later than July 1, 2011.
  • Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on at least one active, nationally competitive grant in the past two years with an initial term of two or more years. Career development grants qualify. Multi-investigator grants may qualify.

The deadline for submission of the candidate’s application material is July 28, 2015, at 12:00 p.m., Pacific Time.

More information about the Faculty Scholars Program and this competition may be found on our website:

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