The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative is to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders through the funding of innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.
As part of this mission, SFARI is inviting applications from individuals for its SFARI Explorer Awards program, which is designed to enhance the foundation's existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to enable focused experiments highly relevant to its mission.
Through the program, the foundation supports research that seeks to increase our engagement with and understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources in support of exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. Applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder are encouraged.
One-year grants of up to $70,000, including indirect costs, will be awarded for selected studies.
All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state, and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government. There are no citizenship or country requirements.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis and will be responded to in as little as thirty days.
For a complete program description, application instructions, and an FAQ, see the SFARI website.