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Research Grants

HFSP Research Grants support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries.

Distinguishing Features of the HFSP Research Grant Program

Projects are expected to be at the frontiers of knowledge and therefore entail risk. Participation of scientists from disciplines outside the traditional life sciences such as biophysics, chemistry, computational biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, nanoscience or physics is recommended because their contributions have made biological research increasingly quantitative and because such collaborations have opened up new approaches for understanding the complex structures and regulatory networks that characterize living organisms, their evolution and interactions.

Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Preliminary results are not required and applicants are expected to develop new lines of research through the research collaboration.

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 and Program Grants.

Young Investigators Program Grants
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. 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. Up to $450,000 per grant per year may be applied for. Applications including independent investigators early in their careers are encouraged

Both provide 3 years support for 2 – 4 member teams.

Awards are dependent upon team size.

Awards may be up to a maximum of  $450,000 per year (teams of 4 or more).

Applicants must submit a letter of intent via the HFSP website, opens mid January, closing deadline end of March.

More information on eligibility and guidelines is available on the HFSP website.