At least one group of biomedical researchers needn’t be glum about
the minuscule 0.7% increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in
the Bush administration’s 2006 budget request: 43 scientists who were
recently named Howard Hughes Medical Institution (HHMI) investigators, an
honor that confers full salary and benefits for 5 years and the opportunity
to take research endeavors in any direction the recipients choose (http://www.hhmi.org/news/032105.html).
Hampton T. New Howard Hughes Investigators Named. JAMA. 2005;293(17):2082. doi:10.1001/jama.293.17.2082