IndiaBiostreams: Learn About HFSP Research Grants

International Grants Awareness Program (iGAP)

An informational discussion of the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Research Grants funding opportunity.

As research is progressively occurring in the international arena, India is keen to align with international funding agencies that reflect this shift. This has opened the doors for Indian researchers, working in the field of life sciences, to a large number of international funding schemes. IndiaBioscience brings to you the International Grants Awareness Program (iGAP) which aims to improve the success rate for Indian applications at international funding opportunities. Here we explore the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Research Grants.

In this informational resource, we bring to you multiple perspectives. Hear from Almut Kelber (Director of Research Grants, HFSP), Guntram Bauer ( Director of Science, Policy and Communications, HFSP), Rashna Bhandari ( Group Leader, CDFD and HFSP Awardee), Gautam Menon (Prof. of Biology & Physics, Ashoka University and previous HFSP Review Committee member) and Satyajit Mayor (Centre Director, NCBS and HFSP Awardee).


00:00 Welcome

01:39 Program of the webinar

02:58 International Grant Awareness Program (iGAP)| Shantala Hari Dass, IndiaBioscience

06:06 HFSP: Funding opportunities for scientists| Guntram Bauer, HFSP

10:13 HFSP Research Grants | Almut Kelber, HFSP

22:57 What makes a successful proposal? | Gautam Menon, Ashoka University and HFSP Review Committee member

34:57 An HFSP grant application- turning convention on its head | Rashna Bhandari, CDFD and HFSP Awardee

49:01 What does the HFSP Research Grant mean for your career? | Satyajit Mayor, NCBS and HFSP Awardee

1:01:17 Q&A session

1:01:44 Q#1 How does one show that an excellent idea is feasible without preliminary data?

1:03:15 Q#2 Is there a restriction on the number of times one can apply?

1:04:46 Q#3 Does a proposal need to complete a story within 3 years of the grant or can it be a step in that direction?

1:07:48 Q#4 When in your scientific career should one apply for an HFSP research grant?

1:10:17 Q#5 What should be the composition of the team?

1:12:56 Q#6 How much weightage is given to credentials such as publication record?

1:15:14 Q#7 Clarification on what was meant by project that won’t be funded by other agencies

1:18:25 Q#8 Can we choose collaborators from an institute that we have previously worked in?

1:19:30 Write to your funding agency in preparation for an application

1:20:31 Concluding remarks


1. Pure diversity on display [19th Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Awardees Meeting was held in Tsukuba, Japan, on 10 – 12 July 2019]: https://​www​.nature​.com/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​s​/​d4247…

2. HFSP Funding Programs: https://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​t​c​h​?​v​=​h0tV3…


Host: Shantala Hari Dass

Q&A moderators: Shreya Ghosh

YouTube moderator: Manjula Harikrishna

Freelance event co-organiser: Bhawana George

Learn | Discuss | Succeed

[Date of recording: 17th September 2020]