The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is a unique program that supports innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries.

Awards are made to international (preferably intercontinental) teams of 2 to 4 members. HFSPO encourages projects that are at the frontiers of knowledge and therefore entail risk (see 2.2.e below). The participation of scientists from disciplines outside the traditional life sciences such as biophysics, chemistry, computational biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, nanoscience or physics has made biological research increasingly quantitative and will continue to do so. Such collaborations have opened up new approaches for understanding the complex structures and regulatory networks that characterize living organisms, their evolution and interactions.

To stimulate novel, daring ideas and innovative approaches, preliminary results are not required in research grant applications. The HFSP places special emphasis on encouraging scientists early in their careers – this is expressed both in the establishment of a special Young Investigators’ Grant and in encouraging scientists early in their careers to participate in the Program Grants. Applicants are expected to develop newlines of research through the collaboration. The Program aims to complement, not duplicate, the frontier life science programs of the countries that provide HFSPO financial support.


The Principal Applicant of a Research Grant must have a laboratory in a member country (with the exception of HFSP Career Development Awardees –see section 4.2.).

All team members are expected to direct a research group (however small)

and must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD or equivalent). The HFSP award is not intended to create scientific independence, this is a decision of the research institute prior to the application. Team members must be able to determine the course of the HFSP-funded project and have freedom to administer the grant award.

Funding Available

Amount of award: Teams will receive up to $450,000 per year for the whole team depending on the size of the team (see 5.2. below).

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.


Internal Review Please contact Heloise Emdon
cuResearch Approval Form March 11, 2019
Submission to Sponsor March 18, 2019

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, Please contact Heloise Emdon