Simons Foundation - Bridge to Independence Award


Event details

Date 10.01.2024
Category Call for proposal
Aim: The SFARI Bridge to Independence (BTI) program engages talented early-career scientists from diverse and/or historically underrepresented backgrounds to pursue research in autism and facilitates their transition into independent faculty positions at a research institution within or outside the U.S.

The Program seeks to support the next generation of top autism researchers. The BTI Award program welcomes applications that span the breadth of science that SFARI supports, including genetics, molecular mechanisms, circuits and systems, and clinical science.

Independence Fellows will be provided with up to five years of support, split into two awards: 1) Postdoctoral Award (for a maximum of two years), and 2) Faculty Research Award (over three years).

Duration:      5 years

Funding:       max. $790,000

Eligibility: The program is aimed at Ph.D. and/or M.D.-holding scientists from diverse and/or historically underrepresented groups in science (examples here) who are currently in a non-independent, mentored training position at an institution within or outside the U.S. and who will be actively seeking and applying to tenure-track faculty positions between September 2024–May 2025. Independence Fellows are expected to apply, secure and transition to a tenure-track faculty position at a research institution within or outside the U.S. by the end of the 2025–2026 academic year.
There are no citizenship requirements.

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted via the Simons Award Manager (SAM), and follow the steps detailed here.

Application Deadline:       10 January 2024

Further information
  • More information about the program is available here.
  • Application portal can be found here, and full application procedure here.
  • Info session will be held on November 2, 2023, at 12:00 p.m EDT, registration here.
  • For any other questions, please contact the Research Office.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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