The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative works to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.
SFARI currently is inviting applications to it Pilot Award program from investigators new to the field of autism. Through the program, total awards of up to $300,000 (including 20 percent for indirect costs) over up to two years will be awarded to individuals poised to conduct bold, rigorous, and relevant ASD research. The foundation defines projects within the pilot category as higher risk — that is, with less assurance of ultimate impact but with potential to lead to transformative results. In particular, SFARI seeks applications that propose research linking genetic or other ASD risk factors to molecular, cellular, circuit, or behavioral mechanisms of ASD. SFARI strongly advises that applicants familiarize themselves with currently supported projects and resources and consider how proposals might complement existing efforts.
To be eligible, applicants and key collaborators must hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree and have a faculty position (or the equivalent) at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. Applicants must also have independent lab space at their institution. There are no citizenship or country requirements.
Applications are due by April 18, 2019. Award notifications will be issued by August 9, 2019,
See the SFARI website for complete program guidelines, key dates, application instructions, previously supported projects, and an FAQ.