Simons Foundation - 2024 Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Pilot Award


Event details

Date 13.06.2024
Category Call for proposal

The goal of the Pilot Award is to provide early support for exploratory ideas considered higher risk but with the potential for transformative results, particularly those with novel hypotheses for autism. This funding mechanism is particularly suitable for investigators new to the autism field, though we encourage applicants to consult with experts in autism research to ensure their projects are relevant to the human condition. We encourage applications that propose research to link genetic or other ASD risk factors to molecular, cellular, circuit or behavioral mechanisms and set the stage for development of novel interventions, including work in human subjects.


  • 2 years

  • $300,000 or max. $500,000 if proposal includes human subjects)

All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the 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.

How to Apply:
Applicants must apply through Simons Award Manager (SAM).

Application Deadline:   13 June 2024

Further information:
  • Institutional approval will be required, please reach out to the Research Office
  • More information about the program is available here and the FAQ is here
  • The application portal can be found here.
For any other questions, please contact the Research Office.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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