Human Frontier Science Program

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports international and interdisciplinary collaborations in basic research, focusing on complex mechanisms of living organisms.  Australia is a member through the NHMRC.

Particular emphasis is placed on:

  • bringing scientists together from a range of fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science, bioinformatics, nanoscience and engineering together with biologists;
  • supporting novel, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding complex biological systems; and
  • supporting scientists early in their careers.

The current members of the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization are the G7 nations, Australia, India, Republic of Korea, Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand and the non-G7 members of the European Union, who are represented by the European Commission.

Please note:  This program is not administered by the NHMRC, and information provided on this page is indicative only.  Interested parties should refer to the HFSP website for definitive information on this program.

Funding Opportunities

Research Grants

Research Grants are awarded for novel, ground-breaking collaborations involving extensive collaboration among teams of scientists working in different countries and in different disciplines.

  • Young Investigators' Grants are for teams of researchers within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory.
  • Program Grants are for teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. The research team is expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration.

Through the NHMRC membership of the HFSP Australian researchers are able to apply as Principal Applicants for Research Grants.

Deadlines: Applications normally open in December each year and close at the end of March or beginning of April the following year.


  • Long-term Fellowships are for research training in an outstanding laboratory in another country. (Annual scheme).
  • Cross Disciplinary Fellowships are for postdoctoral fellows with a PhD. degree in the physical sciences, chemistry, mathematics, engineering and computer sciences who wish to receive training in biology. The conditions are the same as for the long-term Fellowships.

Deadlines: Applications for both types of Fellowships normally open in June and close in August/September each year.

  • Career Development Awards are for Long-Term Fellows and Cross-Disciplinary Fellows who return to their home country at the end of the fellowship are eligible to apply for a Career Development Award.

Deadlines: Applications normally open in June and close in November each year. Eligible HFSP Fellows receive information from the HFSP early August about the coming application cycle.


The HFSP notifies the actual opening and closing dates for its calls on its website, and so interested parties are advised to visit the HFSP website to determine these dates.

Latest Awardees

For the complete list of 2015 HFSP Awardees please visit the Human Frontier Science Program website.

Awardees Meeting

Each year the HFSP Organization holds an awardees meeting which provides all HFSP awardees with an opportunity to meet and discuss their work and make contacts.

Further Information

Further information on all HFSP schemes can be found on the HFSP website at: