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The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative’s mission is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

We solicit applications for SFARI Awards from individuals who will conduct bold, imaginative, rigorous and relevant research in three main research areas: cognition and behavior, gene discovery and molecular mechanisms.

The Simons Foundation does not give grants to individuals, except through their institutions.

The Simons Foundation will not respond to unsolicited requests for funding.

Award type Maximum annual budget, including indirect costs Maximum number of funding years Letter of intent required? Deadline
Targeted
Bridge to Independence Award | FAQ $150,000 3 Yes, first-stage proposal Closed
Rolling
Explorer Award | FAQ $60,000 1 No Rolling
Annual
Pilot Award | FAQ $125,000 2 Yes 9 October, 2015
Research Award | FAQ $250,000 3 Yes 9 October, 2015

SFARI Request for Applications (RFA)

ANNUAL

SFARI Pilot Award

Application type for innovative, high-impact proposals requesting support for small-scale projects or early-stage experiments that will build on preliminary data or a prior track record and lead to competitive applications for funding by SFARI or other organizations. Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for Pilot Awards. The maximum budget is $125,000, including indirect costs, per year for up to two (2) years. Please note that SSC and Simons VIP biospecimen costs are not included in the maximum budget.

The deadline LOI submission is 09 October 2015, 5 p.m. Eastern. No extensions will be given. If you have any difficulties, please contact grants@simonsfoundation.org.

To view the RFA for this award type, click here.


SFARI Research Award

Application type for investigators with demonstrated expertise, for proposals requesting support for compelling, high-impact research on an experimental hypothesis for which, in most cases, preliminary data have already been gathered. The foundation will also consider projects focusing on a central hypothesis where success depends on close collaboration between two or more labs. We expect to fund proposals for a maximum of $250,000, including indirect costs, per year for up to three (3) years, but under exceptional circumstances will consider proposals at higher levels. We realize that clinical studies can be costly and will consider clinical and translational proposals with budgets up to $350,000 per year if justified in the budget. (This grant mechanism is not intended to support large, randomized clinical trials of medications.) We strongly encourage PIs considering such proposals to discuss their proposal and budget with SFARI science staff before submission (scienceRFA@simonsfoundation.org). Proposals with unusually high budgets are subject to heightened scrutiny. Please note that SSC and Simons VIP biospecimen costs are not included in the maximum budget.

The deadline LOI submission is 09 October 2015, 5 p.m. Eastern. No extensions will be given. If you have any difficulties, please contact grants@simonsfoundation.org.

To view the RFA for this award type, click here.


ROLLING

SFARI Explorer Award

Application type for proposals requesting 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. We especially encourage 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. The maximum budget is $60,000, including indirect costs, for one (1) year, non-renewable.

Applications are accepted year-round and decisions about funding are made within about a month by SFARI science staff.

To view the RFA for this award type, click here.


TARGETED

Bridge to Independence Award

RFA closed

Grants awarded through the Bridge to Independence Award program are intended to invest in the next generation of top autism investigators by identifying talented early-career scientists interested in autism research and facilitating their transition to an independent research career. This request for applications (RFA) is aimed at senior postdoctoral fellows who intend to seek tenure-track faculty positions during the 2015-16 academic year. Successful applicants will receive a commitment of $150,000 per year for three years, to be used for an autism-relevant project, activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship.

To view the RFA for this award type, click here.


Whole-Genome Analysis for Autism Risk Variants

RFA closed

Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to advance our understanding of the genetic basis of autism, and in particular, to begin to assess genetic variants conferring risk in non-coding regions and in coding regions of the genome that may be less accessible to whole-exome sequencing. Investigators who are interested in developing innovative and efficient ways to analyze whole-genome sequencing data from 500 Simons Simplex Collection (SSC) families are encouraged to apply. The maximum budget is $250,000, including indirect costs, for eighteen months, non-renewable.

To view the RFA for this award type, click here.


Clinical Site Network for the National Autism Cohort

RFA closed

Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to support a network of U.S.-based clinical sites to recruit individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to participate in a national autism cohort. The overall goals of the national autism cohort initiative are to recruit, engage and retain a community of 50,000 individuals with ASD, along with their family members in the United States. Selected clinical sites will receive funding of up to $150,000/year for a maximum of three years.

To view the RFA for this award type, click here.