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Human Frontier Science Program Research Grants

Opportunity NameResearch Grants
AgencyInternational Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO)
ValueUp to $500,000/year (USD)
Indirect CostsEligible at 10%
Duration3 years

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Compulsory initiation of a LOI by obtaining a 7-digit LOI ID03-19-2024
LOI due to FSc RO at for full review03-14-2024
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review03-21-2024
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review03-26-2024, by 9:00AM
LOI due at agency 03-28-2024

Full application

Application due to FSc RO at for full reviewTBD
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory reviewTBD
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory reviewTBD
Application due at agency Mid-September 2024

To 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.

Two types of Research Grants are available:

  • Early Career 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 Early Career Grants will be reviewed in competition with each other, independent of applications for Program Grants.
  • Program Grants: Awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. Applications including independent investigators early in their careers are encouraged.


HFSP Research Grants support teams of independent leaders of research groups. Therefore applications from individual scientists or early career researchers carrying out their postdoctoral or PhD level projects are not eligible.

  • The Principal Applicant of a Research Grant must have a laboratory in a member country (with the exception of HFSP Career Development Awardees). The other team members and their laboratories may be situated anywhere in the world.
  • All team members are expected to direct a research group (however small) and must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD or equivalent). They must be in a position to initiate and direct their own independent lines of research. The HFSP award is not intended to create scientific independence, this is a decision of the research institute prior to the application.
  • All team members must be able to determine the course of the HFSP-funded project and have freedom to administer the grant, if awarded.
  • Structure of the team. The research teams must be international (preferably intercontinental). Normally, there will be only one team member with a laboratory in each country, teams with two members at the same institution are not eligible.
  • Team members should not have collaborated before, they will normally not have published original research together, and the project must be significantly different from their ongoing research.

Research Grants – Early Career

  • All members of an Early Career grant team must be within 5 years of obtaining an independent position (see below) and 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.
  • All applicants for an Early Career grant must be project leaders directing a research group (however small) and 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.

Research Grants – Program

  •  While researchers can be at any stage in their independent career, participation of early career researchers is encouraged also in Program Grants.

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at