Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and its philanthropic partners, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Simons Foundation, have launched the Faculty Scholars Program, a new $148 million national initiative to provide research support to outstanding early-career academic scientists in the U.S.

The three philanthropies will award a total of up to 70 grants every 2.5 years to promising scientists who have the potential to make unique contributions in their field.

Each grant is for five years and will range from $100,000 to $400,000 per year, based on external funding and need. The awardee’s institution will be given an additional 20 percent of the yearly grant for indirect (or administrative) costs. WVU is one of the eligible institutions.

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