SFARI: Bridge to Independence Award 2019


Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the program's websites for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


SFARI is invested in supporting the next generation of top autism researchers. The Bridge to Independence Award program promotes talented early-career scientists by facilitating their transition to research independence and providing grant funding at the start of their professorships at a U.S. or Canadian research institution.

Importantly, although eligible applicants must be currently in a postdoctoral training position, the BTI Award itself is not a training fellowship but a research grant to newly appointed faculty. The program’s selection process is uniquely designed to enhance the BTI awardees’ job prospects by providing a letter that specifies SFARI financial commitment to the research project once the BTI awardee has secured a suitable faculty position. 

While applications from postdoctoral fellows who are working on autism-related projects are encouraged, SFARI would like to stress that this award is also open to researchers who are not currently working on autism but who are interested in starting research projects in this area and who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.


Senior postdoctoral fellows who intend to seek tenure-track faculty positions during the upcoming academic year.

For more information on eligibility requirements and the funding process, see the RFA section.

Maximum Project Value

$495,000 activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

over 3 years


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Letter of Intent: LOI and Letters of Support must be submitted online by the applicant through proposalCENTRAL. New users first need to create a user account on proposalCENTRAL

Internal Deadline

If Approved: Applicant to submit copy of application, supporting documentation and complete OR5 form to: research.services@uoguelph.ca one week prior to submitting to sponsor.

External Deadline

If Approved: Approval application submission (rolling basis)  from December 1, 2019 – December 1, 2020

Applicant to submit application through proposalCENTRAL.

For Questions, please contact

Scientific inquiries:   sciencerfa@simonsfoundation.org 646-654-0066
Administrative inquiries:   sfarigrants@simonsfoundation.org   646-654-0066
Simons collections inquiries:   collections@sfari.org   646-654-0066
proposalCENTRAL:   pcsupport@altum.com   800-875-2562

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