Human Frontier Science Program

The Human Frontier Science Program’s (HFSP) overarching goals are to support cutting-edge research at the frontiers of the life sciences; to promote high-risk research; to promote international collaborations that emphasize HFSP’s belief in “science without borders”; to provide financial means to encourage and support early career research; and to promote inclusiveness by increasing participation of female researchers.

HSFP focuses on fundamental life science problems and prioritizes proposals that pair researchers in the life sciences with researchers in other disciplines (such as biophysics, chemistry, computational biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, nanoscience, or physics).  Two grant types are provided:

  1. Young Investigators’ Grants: These grants are awarded to teams of researchers who are within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D. and within 5 years of starting their first independent position; all members of the team must be within 5 years of their starting position. The goal of these grants is to have newer, independent investigators in the life sciences establish collaborations with other scientists (preferably those from other disciplines).
  2. Program Grants: These grants are awarded to established teams or researchers who are at any stage in their science careers. The program supports innovative interdisciplinary and international research collaboration.

Requirements: The principal investigator/applicant must be located in an HFSP-eligible country. Team sizes for collaborative proposals vary from two to four international members.

Awards: Awards are dependent on team size (see below) and are made for a three-year period. See the grant guidelines for further details.

  • Team of 2: $250,000 per year
  • Team of 3: $350,000 per year
  • Team of 4: $450,000 per year


  1. You must first register and request a reference number by March 20, 2017; this reference number can be obtained via the HFSP website.
  2. A letter of intent (LOI) must then be submitted by March 30, 2017, to the HFSP website. PIs will be notified by early July 2017 if they are invited to submit a full application, with a deadline of mid-September 2017.