Howard Hughes Medical Institute is opening a new competition for US investigators. It plans to fund as many as 50 new researchers by Spring 2008 representing an investment of $600 million. Unlike the traditional HHMI investigator programs which have relied on nominations from the investigator's institution these are open to direct application (similar to a plan they announced in a smaller scale for physician scientists last November). The grants are meant for early career investigators (between 4 and 10 years into their first assistant professor or equivalent position). So get cracking. linkurl:More info here; In a time when federal research funding seems lean as linkurl:we've written about here; and the gap between haves and have-nots in biomedical research widening linkurl:as we've written about here,; it's a bit heartening to see HHMI devoting more research dollars to scientists, and doing so in a less 'clubby' way. That said they?ll only be...

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