Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Explorer Awards

December 21, 2015 by School of Medicine Webmaster   |   Leave a Comment

The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance. This award program is designed to enhance our existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to enable focused experiments highly relevant to our mission. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches will require investigation at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. We will consider proposals at all of these levels.

The maximum budget is $70,000, including indirect costs for one (1) year, non-renewable.

Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support 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.

Receiving support for an exploratory grant does not guarantee future support from the Simons Foundation. Neither requests for supplemental funding from recipients of other SFARI grants nor travel funding requests will be entertained.

Applicants are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the work currently supported by SFARI and to consider how their proposals might complement existing grants. We also recommend that applicants read the SFARI Blog post, SFARI 2016 grants cycle: choices, challenges, and priorities, where we discuss our funding priorities in more detail and other considerations for successful proposals.

Deadline:  rolling


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