In the United States, the career trajectory for early career scientists has become much less certain as competition for grant support has intensified. The health and vigor of our national research enterprise depend upon the U.S. maintaining a robust pipeline to the scientific professions. We need to identify, nurture and support our best.
HHMI invests in people, not projects, by identifying talented scientific leaders and supporting them well. We give our scientists the time and freedom to pursue difficult, long-range questions. We encourage creativity, collaboration, and interdisciplinary thinking. In this spirit, we created the Faculty Scholars program.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Simons Foundation have joined forces with HHMI to support the Faculty Scholars program. Through this first-time collaboration, the program partners will augment and secure the pipeline of scientific talent.
The Faculty Scholars program seeks to:
Provide financial support to faculty at an early career stage
Select awardees based on their vision and potential for unique contributions
Offer mentoring and career development
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