Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
The primary purpose 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 medical education) and the effective application thereof for the benefit of mankind. [The HHMI charter]
HHMI invests in scientific thought leaders, emerging research pioneers, and students who aspire to be tomorrow’s scientific innovators.
HHMI’s science education program, which was established in 1987, is the largest privately funded education initiative of its kind in the United States. Through innovative science education programs, HHMI seeks to strengthen education in biology and related sciences from elementary school to graduate studies and beyond. HHMI is dedicated to expanding the ranks of individuals who pursue science-related careers and to broadening access to science for all, including women and members of underrepresented groups.
HHMI CHANGES THE WAY SCIENCE IS TAUGHT by connecting scientists, educators, and scholars of teaching and learning, and by catalyzing innovation in science education.