International Research Scholars announced

Wellcome has teamed up with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for a new research award that will develop scientific talent around the world.

Today the first 41 early-career scientists to receive the International Research Scholars awards were announced.

This group of scholars will receive a total of nearly $26.7 million, with each researcher receiving $650,000 over five years.

Anne-Marie Coriat, Wellcome’s Head of Research Careers, said: "We are delighted to be a partner in supporting this outstanding community of international researchers. Their expertise and thirst for knowledge will enhance our understanding of how life works and the causes and consequences of disease.”

The scientists selected as International Research Scholars represent a diverse array of scientific disciplines and geographic locations, coming from research organisations and institutions from 16 countries across the world. They're exploring a range of topics, from how immune cells function to how pathogenic bacteria jump from the environment to humans, and are even investigating ways to watch genes switch on and off in living brains.

The 2017 International Research Scholars competition was announced in March last year. A panel of scientists reviewed more than 1,400 applications. The competition was open to early-career scientists who held a full-time position at a research-oriented university, medical school, or nonprofit institution, and had been running their own labs for less than seven years.