The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK-based Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal, has announced the inaugural class of International Research Scholars.
Forty-one scientists from sixteen countries were selected for the program, which is designed to support early-career scientists poised to advance biomedical research around the globe. To that end, each of the researchers will receive $650,000 over five years to pursue new directions in their research and projects that could develop into major scientific programs. Hailing from research organizations and institutions from around the world, this year's class of scholars is engaged in a range of biological and medical research areas, including neuroscience, genetics, biophysics, computational biology, and parasitology.
"This is an outstanding group of scientists who will push biomedical research forward worldwide, and we are thrilled to support them alongside our philanthropic partners," said HHMI vice president and chief scientific officer David Clapham.
Launched in March 2016, the competition was open to early-career scientists holding a full-time position at a research-oriented university, medical school, or nonprofit institution and who had been running their own lab for fewer than seven years. Candidates also had to be working in an eligible non-G7 country and have received at least a year’s worth of training in the United States or the United Kingdom.
"We are excited to join with our partners in supporting these superb scientists," said Chris Karp, director of global health discovery and translational sciences at the Gates Foundation. "We look to them to bring transformative innovation to priority global health problems."
For more information about the 2017 class of International Research Scholars, see the HHMI website.