SFARI: Pilot Award Winter 2019


Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)


Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses for autism. 

The goal of the Pilot Award is to provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses. Appropriate projects for this mechanism include those considered higher risk with less assurance of ultimate impact, but with the potential for transformative results. Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for Pilot Awards. 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 the blog post “SFARI RFA reboot: Why, what and how?


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.

Multiple Applications and Resubmissions

As mentioned in the sponsor's accompanying blog post, for the 2018–2019 acdemic year,  the plan is to release two Pilot Award request for applications (RFAs), i.e., the current RFA and one in Summer 2019, in addition to one Research RFA (in early 2019). Principal Investigators may only submit one Pilot Award and one Research Award application per academic year. In addition, unfunded Pilot Award proposals may not be re-submitted in consecutive Pilot Award cycles (e.g. if an application is submitted to the Winter 2019 Pilot Award RFA, the next eligibility for re-submission would be for the Winter 2020 Pilot Award RFA or if an application is submitted for the Summer 2019 Pilot Award RFA, the next eligibility would be for the Summer 2020 Pilot Award RFA). For investigators with active SFARI grants, renewal requests will be considered but we also encourage investigators to seek continuation support from outside—usually federal—funding sources.

Maximum Project Value

$300,000 total per project

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

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.


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

PI must complete application electronically and submit using forms provided at proposalCENTRAL.

Log in as an applicant, go to the “Grant Opportunities” tab, scroll to Simons Foundation and click “Apply Now” for the SFARI 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.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

Administrative inquiries,please call 646-654-0066 or email grants@simonsfoundation.org

Technical assistance, please call 800-875-2562 or email pcsupport@altum.com.

Office of Research

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

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