The governments of Australia and South Korea have agreed to become contributors to the Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO), the organization said last week (January 5). The expansion means that researchers in those countries can now initiate projects through the organization, which funds international research at the frontiers of the life sciences.

HFSPO was established in 1989 on the initiative of Japan, and is currently funded by contributions from the G7 countries—France, the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Canada—the European Union and Switzerland.

Total annual funding for HFSPO is currently $53 million, 60% of which comes from Japan, said the organization's director of scientific affairs and communications, Martin Reddington.

The two new entrants are expected to bring in roughly $1 million extra, although they may be net earners from the deal, as grant money is not distributed according to how much each country contributes, but according...

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