The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding, catalyzing, and driving research of the greatest quality. The program is seeking applications for SFARI awards from individuals who will conduct bold, imaginative, rigorous, and relevant research.
Applications are invited for the following types of awards:
SFARI Pilot Awards are intended 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 years. (Letters of Intent Deadline: November 30, 2012.)
SFARI Research Awards are designed for investigators with demonstrated expertiseconducting compelling high-impact research on an experimental hypothesis for which, in most cases, preliminary data have already been gathered. The foundation also will consider projects focused on a central hypothesis where success depends on close collaboration between two or more labs. The initiative expects to fund proposals for a maximum of $250,000 per year ( including indirect costs) for up to three years, but under exceptional circumstances will consider proposals at higher levels. (Letters of Intent Deadline: November 30, 2012.)
In addition to the pilot and research award programs, the SFARI Explorer Award program accepts applications at any time for rapid review and support through a rolling award program. The Explorer Award program provides timely resources on a one-time basis, not to exceed $60,000, including indirect costs, to support focused experiments highly relevant to SFARI’s mission.
All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D., 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.
Visit the SFARI Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.
Link to Complete RFP