HFSP research projects extend the frontiers of knowledge. The participation of scientists from disciplines outside the traditional life sciences, such as chemistry, engineering, physics, mathematics, or nanoscience, is a key requisite in HFSP grant applications. Successful applications will entail risk and aim to develop novel lines of research different from the applicants’ ongoing work.
To stimulate novel, daring ideas and innovative approaches, the presentation of preliminary results is not expected in HFSP research grant applications. Applicants are expected to develop new lines of research through collaboration.
Research Grants are for three years and awarded to international (preferably intercontinental) teams of 2 – 4 members who have not collaborated before. Research Grants – Early Career are for teams of researchers who are all within 5 years of establishing an independent laboratory and within 10 years of obtaining their PhDs. Research Grants – Program are for independent scientists at all stages of their careers, and scientists early in their careers are strongly encouraged to participate in Program Grant teams. The amount depends on 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-investigators may be in any country.
The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems that applies novel and interdisciplinary approaches and includes scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries.
Applicants are advised to use the quiz on the HFSP website to check their eligibility and to read the guidelines carefully. Starting end of January 2023, applicants can initiate an application until 21 March 2023. The deadline to submit the Letter of Intent is 30 March 2023.