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Grant opportunities

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 typeMaximum annual budget, including indirect costsMaximum number of funding yearsLetter of intent required?Deadline
Explorer Award | FAQ $70,000 1 No Rolling
Bridge to Independence Award | FAQ $150,000 3 Yes


Pilot Award | FAQ $150,000 2 Yes


Research Award | FAQ $275,000 3 Yes


SFARI Request for Applications (RFA)



For past RFAs, click here.

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