The HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience and the interactions between organisms. A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences.
HFSP funding programs are strictly project-related and begin at the postdoctoral level. We have no support for PhD students nor for travel grants to scientific meetings. Nor do we provide sponsorship or funds to organisers of scientific meetings.
Research Grants are awarded for novel, ground-breaking collaborations involving extensive collaboration among teams of scientists working in different countries and in different disciplines. Two types of grants are available: Young Investigators Grants and Program Grants.
Postdoctoral Fellowships are available for scientists who wish to work in foreign laboratories, with emphasis on individuals early in their careers who wish to obtain training in a different field of research. Fellows who return to their home countries or move to an HFSP member country that is different from the Fellowship host country are eligible to apply for a Career Development Award.
Long-Term Fellowships are for scientists with a Ph.D. degree in the life sciences who wish to broaden their experience through postdoctoral training abroad.
Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships are intended for postdoctoral fellows with a Ph.D. degree in the physical sciences, chemistry, mathematics, engineering and computer sciences who wish to receive training in biology.
Career Development Awards
Career Development Awards are for former HFSP Long-Term or Cross-Disciplinary Fellows who return to their home country or move to an HFSP member country that is different from the host country of their HFSP Fellowship. The award provides support for initiating the fellows' first independent laboratory.
Links to published articles about HFSP Programs
Funding the Frontiers - The Human Frontier Science Program, Martin Reddington, BioEssays (2010), 32, 842-844
Science without borders - The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) – support for basic research in the life sciences, Guntram Bauer (2006) B.I.F. Futura, 21 (4)