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Human Frontier Science Program

Supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms by awarding research grants and fellowships.

In particular, the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) aims to encourage research into biological problems with the involvement of other disciplines such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering.

The UK contribution to HFSP's budget is paid through the Medical Research Council (MRC) and BBSRC. Both Councils play a role in HFSP management through representation on the HFSP Board of Trustees.

Their grant programmes include:

  • Research grants – next call to be announced
    Young investigators' grant (early career teams, less than 5 years with own lab)
    Program grants (any stage of career including early, up to $450,000 per year)
  • Postdoctoral fellowships – next registration August 2012
    Long-term postdoctoral fellowship (for 1st or 2nd post doc placements in foreign country)
    Cross-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship (for 1st or 2nd post doc placements for those who have predominantly trained in non-life sciences,  e.g. physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences with limited exposure to biology)
  • Career development awards – next opening late 2012
    (For current/previous HFSP fellows to return to their country of origin or other HFSP member country to establish their own, new laboratory)