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Annual funding opportunity for life sciences research via the HFSP Research Grant Program

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February 15, 2021

Once again this year, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is pleased to remind the community of an important funding opportunity for Canadian researchers interested in ambitious, international projects in the life sciences.

Human Frontier Science 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 scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories.

Two types of Research Grant are available: Young Investigators' Grants and Program Grants.

Important dates:

Initiation Deadline of Letter of Intent: March 18, 2021

Submission Deadline of Letter of Intent: March 30, 2021 

For more information, please consult the HFSP website.

In Canada, the Human Frontier Science Program is jointly supported by NSERC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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