HHMI Investigator Program Picks a Winner. Again.

People, not projects. It’s the mantra driving everything the Howard Hughes Medical Institute invests in, and just recently, we’re seeing another example of the dividends this sort of approach can yield: Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, of Stanford and his groundbreaking work on neurons.
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HELP WANTED: Deep Pocketed Funder Seeks 25 Brilliant Biomedical Researchers

Howard Hughes Medical Institute is asking the brightest minds in biomedical research to apply for a job. Researchers interested in the coveted HHMI Investigator openings should polish up their resumes and start calling references now—competition for a chunk of $150 million in funding is tough as nails, and that deadline will sneak right up on you.

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How HHMI Supports Scientists at the Top of Their Game

Time was, America had scientists and inventors in place of movie stars, and the biggest point of national pride was not our latest military score, but our latest patent or medical breakthrough.Things are different now, to say the least. Our culture is not nearly so influenced by, or interested in, scientific breakthroughs.The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is trying to change that. The giant hands out $80 million for biomedical research annually, and lately it has taken a proactive role towards encouraging science that contributes to or collaborates with other scientists, or other important projects.
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How the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Polices Scientific Ethics

In the Information Age—or the Internet Age, or the Facebook Age, or whatever damn age we’re in—this serious erosion of scientific ethics is all too common. Significant retractions of recent scientific “breakthroughs” pepper the headlines, and it can be hard to know what to trust. But while a manifesto on policies and academic honesty is suspiciously absent from many funders’ websites, on HHMI their stance on ethics is clear and thorough.
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What's the Key to Becoming a Howard Hughes Investigator?

It’s big. It’s intimidating. It’s second in the country in biomedical giving—second to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It hands out over $80 million annually, and you want to get in on the action. But how? How does one approach an organization as enormous and complex as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute?
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'People, Not Projects': Inside HHMI's Decision-Making Process

Some funders hover. They give you their money, and they want to know all the specifics—what exactly you’re going to do with it, and with whom, and for what purpose. They’re the philanthropical equivalent of clingy parents, ensuring you don’t stay out a minute past curfew and requesting text message check-ins every half hour. Howard Hughes Medical Institute is in many ways the opposite of this stereotype.
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