It’s well known that Massachusetts fights above its weight when it comes to science. It rakes in more biomedical research funding per capita from the National Institutes of Health than any other state. A recent paper by Northeastern University scientists analyzed citations in scientific papers and found that Boston is the leading city in the production and consumption of physics research worldwide.
On Thursday, more evidence of Boston’s research strength arrived, as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a major funder of biomedical research, announced its new class of investigators — scientists whose salaries, benefits, and research budgets are fully covered for five years. Of the 27 new scientists who have won the coveted funding, a third are from Massachusetts — a greater concentration than any other region in the United States.