“Promote international collaboration in basic research focused on the elucidation of the sophisticated and complex mechanisms of living organisms”
The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) is an international collaboration promoting global cooperation in frontier life science research. It was established in 1989 to implement the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP).
HFSPO’s statutory objectives
HFSPO’s objective is to promote and fund basic research focused on the elucidation of the sophisticated and complex mechanisms of living organisms for the benefit of all humankind, through international cooperation. The Human Frontier Science Program funds high-risk, interdisciplinary, intercontinental, collaborative, fundamental life science research, with a philosophy of “science without borders”. It encourages innovative and novel thinking to support transformative and paradigm shifting research. Fundamental research benefits all humankind by advancing understanding of the complex mechanisms of life which provides the germination for developments in industry, health and human well-being. HFSPO aims to complement and not duplicate the life science research programs of individual countries.
- Secretary General: Pavel Kabat
- Deputy Secretary General: Hirokazu Kumekawa
- Director of Science Policy and Communications: Guntram Bauer
- Director of Research Grants: Almut Kelber
- Director of Fellowships: Barbara Pauly
- Chief Operations Officer: Olaf Kelm
- Director of Finance: Jennifer Sayol