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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.

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 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.

It is understood that such research inherently contains risks and HFSP expects that teams of applicants address the risks and outline mitigation strategies for their research in case of failure and how they intend to achieve their goals.

Applications for applied research, including medical research typically funded by national medical research bodies, will be deemed ineligible.

Structure of the research team

Scientists applying for a HFSP research grant must be organized as an international research team (with emphasis on intercontinental collaborations). Applications from individual researchers are not eligible. The HFSP research team may include 2 to 4 (rarely 5) members, whereby one member of the team is designated as the Principal Applicant and the others as Co-Applicants.

HFSPO promotes new interdisciplinary and international collaborations across the world and promotes new research collaborations.

Tenure of Grant

Each grant is awarded for a period of three years.

Amount of award
  1. The current mode of funding is as follows but may be subject to revision to take into account HFSPO¿s budget:$265,000 for a team of 2;$365,000 for a team of 3;$465,000 for a team of 4 or more. These figures represent the amount awarded to the whole team per year for a period of 3 years.
  2. Two members from the same country should constitute an interdisciplinary collaboration. They will be awarded an amount equivalent to 1.5 team members (currently $315,000 for a team of 2.5 and $415,000 for 3.5 team members).
  3. In the case of a two-member team with one member in a for-profit institution, the total annual award will be reduced to $130,000. In other cases, the for-profit member will not be included when calculating the amount of the award.
Types of Grant

Research Grants - Early Career

These awards have formerly been known as Young Investigator¿s Grants. They are meant to encourage outstanding scientists in the initial period of their independent
careers, to formulate innovative and promising research projects. Typically, ¿Early Career¿ team members will have completed one or two periods of postdoctoral training and be appointed to independent staff positions that allow them to initiate and direct their own independent lines of research.

Research Grants - Program

Research Grants - Program are meant to allow teams of independent researchers to develop new lines of research through a new collaboration. Priority will be given to new, innovative research projects and teams including members from outside the life sciences. Applicants for RG-Program are encouraged to include independent investigators early in their careers as members of their team.
  • Compulsory initiation of a Letter of Intent by obtaining a LIXXXX/2022 reference number by March 18th, 2021
  • Submission of a Letter of Intent:March 30th, 2021

Recent changes

Please note that the names of the sub-programs have been changed. Research Grants - Early Career were previously called Young Investigator Grants, while Research Grants - Program were just named Program Grants. This change had the aim to avoid perceived age discrimination. The eligibility requirements for both schemes remain unchanged.

Protecció de dades de caràcter personal
Les dades facilitades seran incorporades en el fitxer de dades de caràcter personal "Gestió de la recerca", titularitat de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra amb la finalitat de gestionar els ajuts i els convenis de R+D+I. Aquestes dades només podran ser cedides quan sigui necessari per a desenvolupar una relació jurídica amb la persona interessada (organismes públics per a la tramitació i justificació d'ajuts oficials), i en aquells casos en què sigui necessari per al compliment de les obligacions legalment establertes. En qualsevol moment podeu exercir els drets d'accés, rectificació, cancel•lació i oposició mitjançant comunicació escrita, acompanyada d'una fotocòpia del DNI o document equivalent adreçada a: Gerent. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Pl. de la Mercè, 10-12. 08002 Barcelona