Human Frontier Science Program

a programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is a permanent feature of international cooperation in the area of life sciences and is a testimony to professional excellence. The programme, established in 1989, is internationally unique in the life sciences and funds international research cooperations with the goal of identifying complex mechanisms of living systems. It is supported by Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Korea, the United Kingdom, the USA, New Zealand, India, Switzerland, and the European Union. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) provides the German contribution.

HFSP funds cooperation projects and scholarships for research abroad. Aid for cooperation projects is granted exclusively to teams consisting of scientists from at least two countries. The primary applicant must come from an HFSP member country. Some of the research grants – the Young Investigator Grants – are reserved for early career scientists.

Since it was founded in 1989, the Human Frontier Science program has funded over 4,000 scientists from 64 countries by means of research grants for cooperation projects and scholarships. Eleven former grant recipients have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

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