Human Frontier Science Program Research Grants Open for Applications

Human Frontier Science Program Research Grants Open for Applications

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is a programme of funding for frontier research in the life sciences. It is implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) with its office in Strasbourg.

HFSP provides research grants for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists, preferably from different disciplines (eg chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering), to focus on problems in the life sciences. Two kinds of research grants are available:

  • Young Investigators’ Grants – for teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g. Assistant Professor, Lecturer or equivalent) and have obtained their first doctoral degree (PhD, MD or equivalent) not longer than 10 years before the deadline for submission of the letter of intent.
  • Program Grants – for teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. Research teams are expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration. Applications including independent investigators early in their careers are encouraged.

Principal applicants must have a laboratory in a non-profit academic institution in an HFSP member country. These are currently Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus (EU part only), the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, the Republic of Korea, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Co-applicants can be located in any country and the number of team members should normally be two to four.

Teams receive up to $450,000 per year for the whole team depending on the size of the team. Grants are awarded for a period of three years.

Applicants must first submit a “letter of intent” to apply. To submit, applicants must connect to the HFSP extranet site and obtain a reference number by 19 March 2018. Letters must then also be submitted via the extranet site by the closing date of 28 March 2018.

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