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HHMI to Award More than $1 Billion to Promote Equity in Research
A new program will provide 150 early-career scientists committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity up to $8.6 million each.
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HHMI to Award More than $1 Billion to Promote Equity in Research
HHMI to Award More than $1 Billion to Promote Equity in Research

A new program will provide 150 early-career scientists committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity up to $8.6 million each.

A new program will provide 150 early-career scientists committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity up to $8.6 million each.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, ajijchan

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