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2023 HFSP Research Grants

Call for letters of intent for 2023 Research Grants


Initiation deadline: 24 March 2022
Submission deadline: 31 March 2022

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports innovative basic research that applies novel and interdisciplinary approaches to understand fundamental biological problems and includes scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. 

HFSP research projects extend the frontiers of knowledge. Successful applications will entail risk and aim to develop novel lines of research for each participating partner that must be different from their ongoing research. The participation of scientists from disciplines outside the traditional life sciences such as chemistry,  computer science, engineering, mathematics, nanoscience or physics is considered a key requisite in HFSP grant applications.

To stimulate novel, daring ideas and innovative approaches, preliminary results are not required in HFSP research grant applications. Special emphasis is placed on encouraging scientists early in their careers to participate in the Program Grants. Applicants are expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration. 

Awards are for 3 years and made to international (preferably intercontinental) teams of 2 – 4 members who have not collaborated before. Research Grants – Program are for independent scientists at all stages of their careers. Research Grants – Early Career (formerly Young Investigator Grants) are for teams of researchers who are all within 5 years of establishing an independent laboratory and within 10 years of obtaining their PhDs. The amount is dependent upon team size, up to $500,000 per year for a team of four. The principal applicant must be located in one of the HFSP member countries; co-applicants may be located in any country. 

Applicants are advised to use the quiz on the HFSP website to check their eligibility and to read the guidelines carefully. From the end of January 2022, principal applicants can initiate an application via the HFSP New Extranet site until March 24, 2022. Submission deadline for the letter of intent is March 31, 2022. 

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