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Date and time 30.03.2020  
Category Call for proposal
Aim:  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. Projects are expected to be at the frontiers of knowledge and therefore entail risk. 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.

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.

Two types of Research Grant are available:
  • Young Investigators: 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 Young Investigators' Grants will be reviewed in competition with each other independently of applications for Program Grants.
  • Program Grants: Awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. The research team is expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration. Applications including independent investigators early in their careers are encouraged

Funding:       max. $450’000/year, depending on team size

Duration:      36 months

Eligibility:  All members of a Program Grant team must be in a position to initiate and direct their own independent  lines of  research. They must have full scientific  and financial responsibility for their own laboratories (however small). All members of a Young Investigators’ grant team must be within 5 years of obtaining an independent position (see below) but 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. A Young  Investigator should be a project leader directing a research group. “Postdocs” are not eligible to apply for either program.

Only international research teams (with emphasis on intercontinental collaborations),  not individual researchers, are eligible. The number of team members should normally be 2 –4. HFSPO promotes new interdisciplinary collaborations across the world. Therefore ,team members are expected to have  their labs in different countries; they should not have collaborated before and must propose a project significantly different from their ongoing research. The international team must designate one of  its members as the Principal Applicant, who must be located in an HFSPO member country (see guidelines).

How to Apply: You must first submit a “letter of intent” to apply for a grant. A guide for writing this LOI is available here. To submit, you must connect to our HFSP extranet  site (see item  8) and  obtain a  reference  number by 19-Mar-2020. The deadline for receipt of this letter, also submitted via the extranet site, is 30-Mar-2020  awards to be announced in March 2021. You will be notified early July 2020 whether you are invited to submit a full application, with a deadline mid-September 2020.

Deadline:      30-Mar-2020

Further information
  • More information about the program is available here
  • A list of frequently asked questions is available here
  • The application portal can be found here
  • For any other questions, please contact the Research Office

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  • General public
  • Free

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