Funding Opportunity Announcement:  SAMRC Research Grants – Early Career and Research Grants – Program 

07 Mar 2023
07 Mar 2023

In January 2023, South Africa was admitted as a member of the International Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) following a competitive application process. The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) serve as joint institutional members. South Africa is the 16th country to be admitted, and the only country from Africa. 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. 


Two types of research grants are available: 

Research Grants - Early Career 

Research Grants - Program 

All team members are expected to direct a research group (however small) and must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD or equivalent). They must be in a position to initiate and direct their own independent lines of research. The HFSP award is not intended to create scientific independence, this is a decision of the research institute prior to the application. 

Awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. The research team is expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration. Applications including independent investigators early in their careers are encouraged. 


Award details:  

  • Detailed budgets are not required.  

  • Depending on team size, a fixed sum is awarded, to each team, over three years, depending on team size (awarded 2-member teams will receive 300 000 USD and 4-member teams 500 000 USD annually, if all members have their labs in different countries).   


Please adhere to the following SAMRC application deadlines: 


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