Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) – Inclusive Excellence (IE3)

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The dynamic demographics of the US population present a historic and compelling opportunity for our nation. All students, regardless of where they come from and where they are going, deserve a meaningful and positive experience in science through which they will better understand and engage in scientific thinking and discovery. The quality of that experience is the responsibility of the faculty and administrators who play an essential role in defining an institution’s culture.

The HHMI Inclusive Excellence initiative fosters a learning community of college and university faculty and administrators who are engaged in the process of increasing their institution’s capacity for inclusion of all students, especially students who belong to groups underrepresented in the sciences. Each school in the community commits to learning through reflection, sharing what is being learned, listening to feedback, and supporting other members of the community.

Application Materials

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  1. 1-page project description
  2. CV


$1 million over 5 years, non-renewable


  • Intent to Apply: July 31, 2019
  • Pre-proposal: January 14, 2020
  • Finalist Workshop (by invitation only): August 5-7 & 10-12, 2020
  • Final Proposal: December 1, 2020


Offer and confer four-year baccalaureate degrees in the natural sciences or offer a single baccalaureate degree that is inclusive of the natural sciences. Natural sciences typically comprise the following disciplines: astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth and geosciences, and physics, as do disciplines that are combinations of these fields, such as biochemistry, geophysics, or microbiology. Computer sciences, psychology, mathematics, and allied health-related fields are examples of disciplines that are not traditionally defined as natural sciences. However, that does not mean these other disciplines cannot be involved (see frequently asked questions) (new window).

Fields of Study

STEM, undergraduate education, underrepresented groups


For further questions about the program, contact Becky Pfordresher, Interim Senior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations at (new window) or (202) 687-1067.

Questions about the Limited Submission Process? Please contact Jesse Szeto at (new window) or (202) 687-7795 or Venus Davis at (new window) or (202) 687-4978.