• LOI: 03/18/2020


  • Amount: Up to $450,000 per year
  • Duration: Up to 3 years


The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports international preferably intercontinental collaborations in basic life science research. Applications are invited for grants to support innovative approaches to understanding complex mechanisms of living organisms. Applicants are expected to develop novel lines of research distinct from their ongoing research. Preliminary results are not required.

Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. Note, HFSPO funds only basic research. Applied applications, including medical research typically funded by national medical research bodies, will be deemed ineligible.

Two types of Research Grant are available:

  • Young Investigators’ Grants are awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g. Assistant Professor, Lecturer or equivalent). Applications for Young Investigators’ Grants will be reviewed in competition with each other independently of applications for Program Grants.
  • Program Grants are awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. The research team is expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration. Applications including independent investigators early in their careers are encouraged.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

Applicants must initiate an application via the website by March 18, 2020 and submission of Letters of Intent is due March 30, 2020.

The research teams must be international. The principal applicant must be from one of the eligible countries. However, other participating scientists and laboratories may be situated anywhere in the world.

Young Investigators:

  • All members of a Young Investigators’ grant team must be within 5 years of obtaining an independent position (see below) but must have obtained their first doctoral degree (PhD, MD or equivalent) not longer than 10 years before the deadline for submission of the letter of intent. For exceptional circumstances please refer to Section 3.1 of the Application Guidelines.
  • A Young Investigator should be a project leader directing a research group. They must have full responsibility for the day to day running of their laboratories and will have full control of the HFSP funds.
  • Written confirmation may be requested from the Head of Department in the case of an applicant who independently oversees a research theme.

Program Grants:

  • All members of a Program Grant team must be in a position to initiate and direct their own independent lines of research.
  • They must have full scientific and financial responsibility for their own laboratories (however small).
  • There are common features for Young Investigators and Program Grants regarding the interdisciplinary team composition. Please refer to Section 3.3 of the Application Guidelines.

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