Last year, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) organized a meeting called “Future Horizons in Plant Science”, where select scientists in the field concluded that there was a need for a funding boost in plant science. Now, the HHMI, together with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) is providing this boost in the form of $75 million for 15 researchers over the next five years.
This is a one-time competition to specifically target plant researchers at a time when they are not receiving as much funding as their colleagues working on animal organisms. To qualify, scientists need to currently be working as tenured or tenure-track researcher at a US institution. Applications for the new grants are due on November 9.
See HHMI press release for full details, including a link to the application website with even more information.
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