Call for proposal

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  Saturday 31 March 2018


Aim: 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 high-risk/high-impact, exploratory experiments 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.
Duration: 1 year
Funding: USD $80’000
Eligibility: All applicants and key collaborators must hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent.
Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are prioritized. 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, are especially encouraged.
How to Apply: Applications must be completed electronically and submitted using forms provided at proposalCENTRAL. Applications should be 3 pages in length.
Application Deadline: Rolling deadline (response time as little as 30 days)
Further information
  • More information about the program is available here.
  • The application portal proposalCENTRAL can be found here.
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