The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders through funding and research of the greatest quality. To that end, the initiative is seeking applications from individuals positioned to conduct bold, imaginative, rigorous, and relevant research.
Grants of up to $300,000 over two years will be awarded for exploratory ideas for autism, particularly those with novel hypotheses. Appropriate projects for this program include those considered higher risk and with less assurance of ultimate impact but with the potential for transformative results.
All applicants and key collaborators must hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or 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.
See the SFARI website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, information about grantees from previous years, and application procedures.