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...


Tuesday 21st July 2015

During the 2014 awardees meeting in Lugano, we asked some of our members and guests to explain what is meant by frontier science. Here are some of the answers we received. All tend to agree that the scientific frontier is never an aggregate state but it keeps moving and hence science has to move along to expand our knowledge. The video is available on HFSP's YouTube channel at 


Tuesday 31st March 2015



Thursday 26th March 2015

HFSP is pleased to announce the 2015 Research Grants, Fellowships and Career Development Awards. The awards were approved by the Board of Trustees on March 24th. The lists of the different HFSP awards can be found here. Congratulations to this year’s winners!


Monday 24th November 2014





Wednesday 5th November 2014

A new HFSP grant tries to understand the unique materials and structures that compose shark and ray skeletons. The grant brings together a unique team of scientists from Germany (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and the Zuse Institute Berlin) and the United States (Center for Life Science at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute). More information on the project and the team members is available here.


Tuesday 28th October 2014