HHMI Launches $ 2 Billion Over 10 Years Investment to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in Science



HHMI seeks to influence academic science at critical stages of the career path – from undergraduate to full professor – to significantly advance inclusion and equity.

Today, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced a long-term commitment to advancing racial, ethnic and gender diversity in science, which is grounded in concrete action for inclusion and equity for scientists and students at all stages of their careers. The Institute will invest $ 2 billion over the next decade to pursue 10 goals, shared across the diversity.hhmi.org. Through these efforts, HHMI will contribute to the continued preeminence of American science, fostering the conditions to attract, develop and advance people from all walks of life.

HHMI programs have long supported efforts to diversify biomedical science. The novelty of HHMI’s approach is to focus not only on promoting diversity, but also on developing the infrastructure necessary to maintain increased diversity. HHMI’s commitment includes dedicated efforts for culturally sensitive mentoring, effective professional development, and inclusive community development at every key stage of the academic science journey – undergraduate and post-baccalaureate. graduate, postdoctoral and early career, up to tenure and full professor.

“Today, HHMI employs approximately 300 scientists who run research laboratories and often teach students at more than 60 universities, colleges and other leading research institutes nationwide,” said Erin O’Shea , president of HHMI. “We are also currently working in partnership with over 200 universities and colleges on our science education grant programs. Together and with others, we can make a difference.

“This is an exciting time for the Institute, with new programs and a commitment that is at the heart of our mission to develop and support the best minds focused on solving the most difficult and important biomedical questions”, said HHMI Board Chairman Clayton Rose, President of Bowdoin College. “We know we don’t have all the answers and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with academic, philanthropic and other leaders to share experiences, learn and adapt as we seek to have a sustained and lasting impact. Rose cites the Gilliam HHMI Advanced Study Scholarships, launched in 2004, and the Hanna H. Gray Scholarship Program, launched in 2016, as examples of programs that have inspired HHMI’s new approach.

Most basic biomedical research – as well as the education and training of future scientists – takes place in academic environments. It is also from academic science that HHMI recruits its scientific leadership, as well as scientists, educators and students to support. As part of the university ecosystem, HHMI holds itself accountable, including publicly releasing demographics on its employee population today and over time.


HHMI is the largest private biomedical research institution in the country. Our scientists are making discoveries that advance human health and our fundamental understanding of biology. We are also investing in transforming science education into a creative and inclusive enterprise that reflects the enthusiasm of research. HHMI’s corporate headquarters are located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.


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