Medical Research

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  • Chevy Chase, MD
  • http://www.hhmi.org

Mission Statement

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a medical research organization whose scientists include many of the world's leaders in the fields of cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, and structural biology. These HHMI investigators carry out research at universities and academic medical centers across the United States. In addition, the Institute has a grants program that is helping to enhance U.S. science education at all levels, from preschool through medical school. Through its grants program, HHMI also supports the research of outstanding biomedical scientists outside the United States.

Main Programs

  1. Biomedical research
Service Areas

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International

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute supports scientists in Hughes laboratories at more than 70 institutions throughout the United States; it supports science education activities throughout the U.S., and it provides support for scientific research in South Africa and in select other countries.

ruling year

1957

Principal Officer since 2009

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Robert Tjian Ph.D.

Keywords

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biomedical research, genetics, neuroscience, molecular biology, science education

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Also Known As

HHMI

EIN

59-0735717

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Medical Research N.E.C. (H99)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Biomedical research

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a non-profit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation's largest philanthropies, plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the U.S. HHMI was established in 1953 by the aviator-industrialist for which it is named. The Institute is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland. HHMI's flagship program in biomedical research rests on the conviction that scientists of exceptional talent, commitment, and imagination will make fundamental biological discoveries for the betterment of human health if they receive the resources, time, and freedom to pursue challenging questions. The Institute's 291 investigators are selected through rigorous national competitions and conduct research in Hughes laboratories at 64 distinguished U.S. universities, research institutes, medical schools, and affiliated hospitals. They include 12 Nobel Prize Winners and 122 members of the National Academy of Sciences. Opened in 2006, the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, further extends HHMI's commitment to research and discovery. Janelia Farm focuses on two primary research areas: the identification of general principles that govern how information is processed by neuronal circuits and development of imaging technologies and computational methods for image analysis. It will be fully operational in 2009. HHMI's complementary grants program emphasizes initiatives with the power to transform graduate and undergraduate education in the life sciences; expand opportunities for careers in science for individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences, and to encourage an interest in science among students of all ages. HHMI operates under its original charter: "The primary purposes and objective of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute shall be the promotion of human knowledge within the field of the basic sciences (principally the field of medical research and education) and the effective application thereof for the benefit of mankind." As a medical research organization engaged in the direct conduct of research, HHMI does not award research grants to U.S. scientists. Instead, the scientists selected through periodic national competitions join HHMI as employees and work in Hughes laboratories around the nation. HHMI scientists " around the nation and at Janelia Farm " use the tools of modern molecular biology and insights gained from disciplines such as physics and engineering to better understand basic biological processes. They have made fundamental discoveries that have reshaped the understanding and treatment of cancer and other human diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$867,634,525.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute supports scientists in Hughes laboratories at more than 70 institutions throughout the United States; it supports science education activities throughout the U.S., and it provides support for scientific research in South Africa and in select other countries.

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HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Principal Officer

Robert Tjian Ph.D.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kurt L. Schmoke Esq.

Dean, Howard University School of Law

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