SFARI Summer 2019 Pilot Award


Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

For More Information

Please visit the program's website for:

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


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 but with the potential for transformative results. In particular, encouraged applications are those that propose research to link genetic or other autism spectrum disorder (ASD) risk factors to molecular, cellular, circuit or behavioral mechanisms of ASD. To get a better understanding of SFARI’s different requests for applications 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 PhD, MD 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.

PIs may submit one Pilot Award and one Research Award application per academic year. Unfunded Pilot applications may not be resubmitted in consecutive cycles (e.g., if an application is submitted in response to the Winter 2019 Pilot Award request for applications (RFA), the next eligibility for resubmission would be for the Winter 2020 Pilot Award RFA. Similarly, if an application is submitted in response to the Summer 2019 Pilot Award RFA, the next eligibility would be for the Summer 2020 Pilot Award RFA).

Maximum Project Value

Up to $300,000

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to two 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 FCOI Requirements.


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 OR-5 form to: research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

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

Login 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.

For Questions, please contact

Administrative inquiries:


Office of Research

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

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