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HHMI announces $30M science education initiative

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced a third round of its Inclusive Excellence initiative (IE3) Monday to promote diversity and inclusion in science education.

hhmi-vertical-signature-colorThe grant program from the Chevy Chase-based institute challenges colleges and universities to work with faculty to examine and change campus cultures so that a diverse group of students feel included in science. More than 1,400 institutions are eligible to compete, and HHMI expects to award grants to up to 30 more schools, with $1 million provided to each over five years.

The initiative awarded its first grants in 2017 to 24 schools. A year later, HHMI selected 33 additional schools for the program. The 57 grantee schools have now each embarked on their own experiments, Asai says, and they’re taking different approaches to dismantling barriers to inclusion on campus.

To apply for a grant, schools must first submit an intent to apply. Eligible schools will then submit a pre-proposal that describes their inclusivity goals, selects one of the three challenges, and gauges the readiness of the school to participate in the initiative. HHMI will select finalists, who will participate in a workshop at HHMI, where they will work in groups to discuss one another’s ideas and then submit full proposals. More information about the initiative and how to join the new competition can be found at hhmi.org/IE

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced a third round of its Inclusive Excellence initiative (IE3) Monday to promote diversity and inclusion in science education.

The grant program from the Chevy Chase-based institute challenges colleges and universities to work with faculty to examine and change campus cultures so that a diverse group of students feel included in science. More than 1,400 institutions are eligible to compete, and HHMI expects to award grants to up to 30 more schools, with $1 million provided to each over five years.

The initiative awarded its first grants in 2017 to 24 schools. A year later, HHMI selected 33 additional schools for the program. The 57 grantee schools have now each embarked on their own experiments, Asai says, and they’re taking different approaches to dismantling barriers to inclusion on campus.

To apply for a grant, schools must first submit an intent to apply. Eligible schools will then submit a pre-proposal that describes their inclusivity goals, selects one of the three challenges, and gauges the readiness of the school to participate in the initiative. HHMI will select finalists, who will participate in a workshop at HHMI, where they will work in groups to discuss one another’s ideas and then submit full proposals. More information about the initiative and how to join the new competition can be found at hhmi.org/IE.


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