The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative: Summer Pilot 2024


 Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the SFARI website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The goal of the Pilot Award is to provide early support for exploratory ideas considered higher risk but with the potential for transformative results, particularly those with novel hypotheses for autism. This funding mechanism is particularly suitable for investigators new to the autism field, though we encourage applicants to consult with experts in autism research to ensure their projects are relevant to the human condition. We encourage applications that propose research to link genetic or other ASD risk factors to molecular, cellular, circuit or behavioral mechanisms and set the stage for development of novel interventions, including work in human subjects.


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.

Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, and units of state and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government. There are no citizenship or country requirements.

Maximum Project Value

The total budget of a Pilot Award is $300,000 or less, including 20% indirect costs, over a period of up to two (2) years.

Projects proposing research in human subjects may request a budget up to $500,000, including 20% indirect costs, over a period of up to two (2) years.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to 2 years

Special Notes

Please review the SFARI Grant Policies and Procedures.


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

Internal Deadline

Applicant is to submit a copy of the application and a complete OR5 form to

External Deadline

Applicant to submit application via the Simons Award Manager (SAM).

Click on the Funding Opportunities icon and navigate to the call for the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Summer Pilot Award. Click the Create Application button to begin. Applications should be started and submitted under the applicant’s own account in SAM.

How to Apply

Please refer to the application submission instructions.

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

Laurie Gallinger, Awards & Agreements Officer
Research Services Office

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