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Announcement of 2011 awards from the Human Frontier Science Program

Tue, 03/29/2011 - 10:39am
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The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) is pleased to announce the names of the recipients of HFSP international postdoctoral fellowships, Career Development Awards and research grants. HFSP awards are made in each category only after rigorous selection in a global competition.

HFSP postdoctoral fellowships are given to young scientists within 3 years of the PhD degree who wish to broaden their training in a laboratory in another country. This year, 85 Fellowships have been awarded. Of these, 76 are Long-Term Fellowships for life scientists planning to extend their expertise into another field of biology and 9 are Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships for young scientists with PhDs in physics, chemistry, computer science or engineering. The Long-Term and Cross-Disciplinary Fellows are from 22 different countries and will be receiving training in 12 different countries.

A special feature of the HFSP programs for young scientists electing to return to their home countries after postdoctoral training abroad is the competitive Career Development Award to support their transition to independence. This year awards have been made to 8 young scientists returning to 6 different countries. Each awardee will receive a total of $300,000 spread over three years.

HFSP collaborative research grants are given for a broad range of projects under the umbrella theme of "Complex mechanisms of living organisms". Particular emphasis is placed on cutting-edge, risky projects. Two types of research grants are awarded: Young Investigator Grants for teams of scientists who are all within 5 years of obtaining their first independent position and Program Grants, which are open to teams of scientists at any stage of their careers. The grants are awarded to international teams and strong preference is given to intercontinental collaborations.

This year, teams of young investigators were especially successful, 11 Young Investigator grants being approved (involving 32 scientists) together with 22 Program Grants (involving 73 scientists). Each team member receives $110,000 - $125,000 per year for 3 years. The 105 awardees are from 24 different countries (according to their nationalities). Their laboratories are located in 19 countries, including 10 in Australia, 12 in Japan, 33 in N. America and 44 in Europe.

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