The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), one of the nation’s largest biomedical research charities, is looking to increase research opportunities for black and Latino scientists.  The new Gray Fellows imitative will select 15 applicants for the program.  The Fellows will “receive $80,000 a year for up to 4 years as a postdoc, and then $270,000 a year for up to 4 years after they are hired into a tenure-track academic position.”  That’s a whopping $1.4 million invest over the course of 8 years.  HHMI has also opened the door for additional funding depending on the project’s success.

Applications are due February 15th, 2017 for those interested .

In addition, HHMI released the winners of a separate “prestigious grant aimed at bolstering the next generation of scientific superstars.”  In connections with the Bill & Melinda Gates and Simons foundations, HHMI is providing funding for these 84 winners.  One of which is Jacqui Niles.  Originally from Grenada, Niles passion is researching and better understanding the Malaria disease.  With the grant, the MIT professor hopes to develop a “clearer understanding of the parasite and disease to provide the scientific foundation for new malarial diagnostics, treatments, and prevention/elimination strategies.”

Check out his video below.  Only about 3 mins

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