Deadline Info: Applications considered on a rolling basis

Agency/Sponsor: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative


If you are interested in exploring this funding opportunity, please contact Debbie Perrone in Foundation Relations at before moving forward.

  • The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) seeks to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding, catalyzing and driving innovative research of the greatest quality and relevance. Although SFARI's immediate priority is to benefit individuals challenged by autism spectrum disorders, autism research is expected to yield insights into the neural mechanisms of fundamental human capabilities. Thus SFARI's efforts will aid the broader mission of the Simons Foundation to advance research in basic science and mathematics.

    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.

    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.

  • Funding: SFARI will support applications for maximum direct costs of $50,000 for one year, non-renewable. Indirect costs are limited to 20 percent of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, pre and postdoctoral fellow stipends and benefits, any subcontracts with budgets — including indirect expenses, and SCC biospecimens. Travel expenses may not be included in the budget. Indirect costs paid to a subcontractor may not exceed 20 percent of the direct costs paid to the subcontractor.

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