CIHR Operating Grant : Human Frontier Science Program – Research Grants – LOI

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: inquire with unit

Memorial Deadline: RIS review not required for Letter of Intent

External Deadline: Tuesday 19th, March 2024


The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is unique in supporting international collaboration to undertake innovative, risky, basic research at the frontier of the life sciences. The program is implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO). Since 1990, over 8000 researchers from more than 70 countries have been supported. Of these, 29 HFSP awardees have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize.

HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms through fellowship and research grant programs. In all HFSP programs, a clear emphasis is placed on novel collaboration that bring biologists together to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences.

HFSP Research Grant Program

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 because their contributions have made biological research increasingly quantitative and because such collaborations have opened up new approaches for understanding the complex structures and regulatory networks that characterize living organisms, their evolution and interactions. It is important to note that HFSP only funds basic life science research.

Research grants are provided for teams of 2 to 4 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.

Applied applications, including medical research typically funded by national medical research bodies, such as CIHR, will be deemed ineligible.

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.
Research Grant Letter of Intent (LOI) Initiation Deadline LOI Submission Deadline Submission of full proposals for invited applicants Funding Start Date
Early Career Grants March 19, 2024* March 28, 2024* September 2024* 2025*
Program Grants March 19, 2024* March 28, 2024* September 2024* 2025*
*Please view the HFSP website for the specific dates.

See ResearchNet for more information.

Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
Human Frontier Science Program

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: February 16, 2024