Area of investment and support

Area of investment and support: Human Frontier Science Program

The aim of this programme is to support novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms. Research is funded at all levels of biological complexity from biomolecules to the interactions between organisms.

Partners involved:
Medical Research Council (MRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

The scope and what we're doing

The Human Frontier Science Program (HSFP) is an international programme of funding for frontier research in the life sciences.

The programme supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms. Research is funded at all levels of biological complexity from biomolecules to the interactions between organisms.

HFSP places emphasis on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering.

The UK contribution to HFSP’s budget is paid through the MRC and BBSRC. The MRC and BBSRC also play a role in HFSP management through representation on the HFSP board of trustees.

Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HSFPO) purpose

The objective of the HSFPO is to “promote, through international cooperation, basic research focused on the elucidation of the sophisticated and complex mechanisms of living organisms and to make the fullest possible utilisation of the research results for the benefit of all humankind”.

Membership

The member countries are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America and the European Union, which contributes on behalf of the non-G7 EU members.

Opportunities, support and resources available

Funding opportunities

The Human Frontier Science Program (HSFP) provides the following funding programmes:

Who to contact

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Medical Research Council (MRC)

Email: international@mrc.ukri.org

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Theresa Meacham

Email: bbsrc.iru@bbsrc.ukri.org
Telephone: 01793 413214

Last updated: 17 October 2022

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