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Hughes Grants Brighten Outlook for Elite Researchers

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Science  09 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5276, pp. 732-733
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5276.732

Summary

Prague—Last year, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) launched a $15-million program to provide grants to elite researchers in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Hughes brought the grantees together here for a meeting in June that provided a snapshot of how science is faring in the region. Most of the 87 researchers who attended the meeting said that their HHMI grants—between $25,000 and $35,000 a year over 5 years—have provided a lifeline at a time when most sources of support are drying up.