HHMI Investigator Competition

Funding Agency:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

HHMI catalyzes discovery science by investing in outstanding researchers with generous and flexible funding for significant periods of time. HHMI selects people, not projects. Our Investigators ask tough questions in science, even at the risk of failure. They develop new tools and methods that make it possible to ask previously unapproachable questions. Many forge links between biology and medicine. They are committed to mentoring and training the next generation of scientists.

With HHMI’s backing, scientists have radically changed our understanding of cells, the brain, the immune system, the development of organs, and the causes of human diseases. To date, 30 current or former HHMI Investigators have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

HHMI employs and supports nearly 300 Investigators, who are based at over 60 universities, colleges, and other research institutions across the US. In addition to their research programs, HHMI Investigators participate in educational activities and hold leadership roles at these host institutions. With our backing, as well as support from other sources, Investigators direct a research team and create a lab environment well suited to tackling profound science questions.

Deadline: March 18, 2020




Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Through periodic competitions, HHMI invites applications from scientists who meet the eligibility criteria. Although specific criteria may vary for each competition, in general:

  • Applicants must hold a PhD and/or MD.
  • Applicants must plan to perform research at one of over 200 eligible U.S. institutions.
  • Applicants must hold a position that represents substantial commitment by their institution, such as a tenure-track faculty position.
  • Applicants must have a track record of peer-reviewed funding.
  • Each competition defines a required length of post-training, professional experience prior to the application.
  • Each competition defines the breadth of scientific disciplines to be considered; however, most competitions are open to most biological and biomedical disciplines.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Women and minorities encouraged


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

March 18, 2020