Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) 2013 Investigator Competition

I am pleased to share with you the news that Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is holding a national competition to select new HHMI investigators from among our country’s top scientists. We invite researchers who investigate significant biological problems in all of the biomedical disciplines as well as adjacent fields of biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology to submit an application. Plant scientists, experimental evolutionary biologists, and patient-oriented researchers are welcome to apply to this general competition.

Your institution is one of the approximately 200 across the nation whose faculty members are eligible to participate in this open competition. Eligible candidates may apply directly without an institutional nomination. There are no limits on the number of applicants or awardees from any eligible institution. We ask that you encourage relevant faculty to apply.

HHMI expects to appoint between 20 and 30 new investigators. Eligibility for the competition must be established no later than May 1, 2012. The deadline for submission of all application materials is June 13, 2012, at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Complete information about the application process and eligibility requirements for this competition may be found at

In brief, at the time of application deadline, the applicant must:

  • Have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. (or the equivalent).
  • Hold a tenured or tenure-track position as assistant professor or higher academic rank at one of the eligible U.S. institutions.
  • Have between 5 and 15 years of experience since appointment as an assistant professor or equivalent position.
  • Be the principal investigator on at least one active, national peer-reviewed research awards of at least three years duration.

The HHMI review process will include evaluation of applications by distinguished scientists, leading to the selection of semifinalists by early 2013. Institutions whose applicants are selected will be notified and will be asked to confirm that the candidate’s status at the institution meets all eligibility requirements. Following further review, finalists will be selected in April 2013, with appointments to begin as early as September 1, 2013. Institutions with finalists, who have not previously hosted an HHMI investigator, will be invited to enter into a collaborative agreement with HHMI.

HHMI welcomes applications from outstanding women and minorities under-represented in the biomedical sciences. As an equal opportunity employer, HHMI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, or other characteristics, in accordance with applicable law.


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