SFARI: Pilot Award Summer 2020

Updated Information

NEW internal deadline: May 15, 2020  11:59 pm

NEW external deadline: May 22, 2020 5:00 pm


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


Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses for autism. Appropriate projects for this mechanism include those considered higher risk with less assurance of ultimate impact, but with the potential for transformative results.

 To get a better understanding of SFARI’s different RFAs and whether the Pilot Award may be the best mechanism to support your project, please read SRAFI blog post “SFARI RFA reboot: Why, what and how?

In particular, the sponsor encourages applications that propose research to link genetic or other ASD risk factors to molecular, cellular, circuit or behavioral mechanisms of ASD. Please read more about SFARI’s scientific perspectives here.


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. There are no citizenship or country requirements.

Maximum Project Value

$300,000 total per project

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

up to 2 years

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.

Please refer to the Office of Research COVID 19 web-page for directives related to research activities at the University of Guelph.


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

Internal Deadline

PI to submit a copy of application and signature page along with a complete OR5 form to: research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

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 Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Pilot Award program.

Details concerning application requirements and submission can be found in the instructions or on proposalCENTRAL. In case of remaining questions, please take a look at the FAQ section.

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

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

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