CIHR and NSERC renew commitment to the Human Frontier Science Program

Canada’s two largest granting agencies invest in a 14-country global program supporting innovative research

Through investments from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada has renewed its commitment to the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), an international program of research support that funds leading-edge research in life sciences across a variety of national boundaries and scientific disciplines.

CIHR and NSERC are committing a total of $6.5M over the next three years to support innovative research through international collaboration.

Funding opportunities for Canadian researchers

Canadian trainees and researchers are encouraged to take advantage of funding opportunities under the HFSP program. The HFSP is particularly focused on supporting early career researchers and encouraging inclusiveness through greater equity and diversity in research.

For more information on funding opportunities available through the HFSP, please visit HFSP – Fellowship Program and HFSP – Research Grants on ResearchNet, CIHR’ s Funding Opportunity Database.


“HFSPO welcomes the commitment of NSERC and CIHR to support international research collaborations in frontier science. We greatly appreciate Canada’s unwavering support for HFSPO since its very beginnings and believe that the future will bring additional benefits that flow from HFSP funded research.”

Warwick Anderson, Secretary General, Human Frontier Science Program

“Advancements in health science are happening in leaps and bounds, and we are pleased to support programs such as the Human Frontier Science Program which focus on innovation and international collaboration. This program provides opportunities for some of Canada’ s brightest minds to pursue new scientific knowledge and to push the boundaries of traditional disciplines and approaches.”

Dr. Michael Strong, President, CIHR

“I applaud all the international partners who support this excellent collaboration, and especially Japan for its leadership role. We are proud partners with CIHR in supporting top Canadian researchers, and we encourage them to build transdisciplinary international teams to tackle the high-risk projects that promise the best opportunities for important new knowledge.”

Alejandro Adem, President of NSERC


Established 30 years ago through the efforts of the Japanese Government, the HFSP is an international program of research managed by the Human Frontier Science Program Organization in Strasbourg, France. Canada has supported the program since 1992, first through contributions from the former Medical Research Council (now CIHR) and, since 2002, from NSERC and CIHR.

Other supporting countries include Australia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. 

HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research in biology. A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with researchers in other fields to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences.

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