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
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.