HHMI Investigator applications due Mar. 1

The following email message is from Nick Novak, assistant dean for research services, with information on a national Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) competition.

UW–Madison has received notification from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of a national competition to select approximately 25 new HHMI Investigators. HHMI is not restricting the number of nominations from any one institution.  However, because of the highly competitive nature of this program and the specialized administrative arrangements associated with awards, we request your assistance in identifying suitable and highly qualified candidates.  

The HHMI Investigator competition is open to basic researchers and physician scientists from more than 300 eligible institutions who catalyze research in basic and biomedical sciences, plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. 

The Investigator Program is open to individuals who:

  • hold a PhD, and/or MD or equivalent degree,
  • hold a tenured or tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor or higher academic rank at an eligible U.S. institution (UW-Madison has been invited),
  • have more than 5 but no more than 15 years of post-training, professional experience. To meet this requirement, the applicant’s first post-training professional appointment must have begun no earlier than March 1, 2008, and no later than April 1, 2018. 
  • be PI on one (or more) active, national peer-reviewed research grants with an initial duration of at least three years as of April 1, 2023. Mentored awards and training grants do not qualify. Multi-investigator grants may qualify. 

More information on eligibility requirements and the application process may be found at:

The application deadline is March 21, 2023.  However, applicant eligibility must be established through the HHMI application system prior to the application deadline and an ORCiD is required.

Please share this information with members of your faculty whom you believe would be the most qualified and competitive candidates.  It would be helpful for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education to be aware of the UW-Madison applicants, and we would appreciate receiving a note sent to with the name(s) of nominees from your unit prior to the deadline.

Thank you, and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding University arrangements related to this program.

Kind Regards,