The award of an Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) program grant to Alipasha Vaziri was announced recently. We congratulate Alipasha on his success in this highly competitive global selection process. The project, entitled ‘In vivo functional imaging and high-resolution manipulations of hippocampal memory circuits’ will be investigated jointly with collaborators from the University of Strasbourg as well as Columbia University in New York and the University of Texas. The HFSP offers research support to promote intercontinental collaboration and training in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in the life sciences. The applicants involved physicists, neuroscientists, molecular biologists and chemists and only 33 grantholders were chosen from 800 applicants.