SFARI Explorer Awards


Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative


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.

To this end, we solicit applications for SFARI Awards from individuals who will conduct bold, imaginative, rigorous and relevant research.

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.



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. In addition, eligible applicants must have independent lab space at their institution. 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.

Maximum Project Value

SFARI will support applications for maximum of $80,000USD, including indirect costs, non-renewable

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

One year

Special Notes

US Public Health Service (PHS) Federal Conflict of Interest Requirements (FCOI)

If sponsor is listed in Appendix A of US PHS FCOI Requirements, include the following:

Applications to this program must be accompanied by a Significant Financial Interest Disclosure Form (see Appendix B of the US PHS FCOI Requirements). Please refer to the information posted on the Office of Research Services website for more information on researcher responsibilities under the US PHS FCOIRequirements.


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

Internal Deadline

One week prior to submission to sponsor. PI to submit application/proposal along with an OR5 form and signed Appendix B (see below) to research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, with a response time as early as 30 days.

How to Apply

Applications must be completed electronically and submitted using forms provided at proposalCENTRAL. Please log in as an applicant, go to the “Grant Opportunities” tab, scroll to “Simons Foundation” and click “Apply Now” for the SFARI Explorer Award program. For assistance, please call 800-875-2562 or email pcsupport@altum.com.

For Questions, please contact


Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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