Tuesday 21st June 2016

At the Intergovernmental Conference hosted by the Medical Research Council of the UK in London on June 10th, representatives from the governments that support the Human Frontier Science Program came together to confirm a financial framework for the Program from 2017-2019. The meeting resulted in a Joint Communiqué which confirms the unique added values of HFSP and sets out the financial contributions for the next triennium. The full press release can be found here.


Friday 1st April 2016

The call for nominations for the 2017 HFSP Nakasone Award is open. The HFSP Nakasone Award recognizes achievements in scientific excellence that have moved the frontiers of knowledge in biology. The award is for a particular discovery or set of discoveries. It is not a life-time achievement award. Nomination deadline is 13 May 2016 and the nomination form is available here.


Tuesday 29th March 2016



Friday 18th March 2016

HFSP is pleased to announce the 2016 Research Grants, Fellowships and Career Development Awards and congratulates the winners. The awards were approved by the Board of Trustees on March 18th and the lists of the different HFSP program categories can be found HERE. Congratulations to this year’s winners.



Friday 20th November 2015

Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin and Jennifer Doudna of the University of California at Berkeley receive the 2016 HFSP Nakasone Award for their seminal work about the CRISPR-Cas9 system. The complete announcement is available at



Tuesday 15th September 2015

In August, 2015 an email alert invited manuscript submissions to a fake HFSP Journal using a falsified postal address of the HFSP Secretariat in Strasbourg, France. More information available here.


Tuesday 8th September 2015

In 2012, Duncan J. Irschick and Alfred Crosby from UMass Amherst, USA, together with Walter Federle, University of Cambridge, UK, were awarded an HFSP Research Grant to investigate which kind of adhesive mechanisms animals such as geckos use when climbing smooth surfaces. In particular, they were interested in the underlying anatomy of insect and gecko toepads, which work in concert with the setal hair-like designs that are observed in Nature. These sub-surface and internal structures, particularly...


Thursday 23rd July 2015

For HFSPO a new era has started with the arrival of Prof. Warwick Anderson as the next Secretary General of the organization. He joined HFSPO from his previous position as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, a position he has held since June 2006. Prior to his tenure at the NHMRC, he was Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences at Monash University and Head of the Department of Physiology. His research has focused on renal physiology...