The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative has issued a Request for Applications for its Genomic Analysis for Autism Risk Variants in SPARK program.
Through the program, grants of up to $100,000 over eighteen months will be awarded to projects that advance our understanding of the genetic basis of autism spectrum disorder. Data to be analyzed through the program will include whole-exome and genome-wide genotyping data from approximately forty-five hundred individuals with ASD enrolled in SPARK and their biological parents. Approximately half of these families will also have genomic data from an unaffected sibling. Whole-genome sequencing data from an additional four hundred ASD individuals, plus their biological parents and unaffected siblings, is also expected to be available. In addition, a limited phenotypic data set on all participants will be available.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than June 22. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by July 27, 2018.
See the SFARI website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.