SFARI: Pilot and Research Awards 2017


Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative


Pilot: Innovative, high-impact proposals requesting support for small-scale projects or early-stage experiments that will build on preliminary data or a prior track record and lead to competitive applications for funding by SFARI or other organizations. Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for Pilot Awards.

Research: Application type for investigators with demonstrated expertise, for proposals requesting support for compelling, high-impact research on an experimental hypothesis for which, in most cases, preliminary data have already been gathered. The foundation will also consider projects focusing on a central hypothesis where success depends on close collaboration between two or more labs.



Funding Availability

Pilot: $150,000 USD max including IDC; Research: $275,000 USD max including IDC

Project Duration

Pilot: up to two years; Research: up to three years

Special Notes

Simons Foundation funds may only be used for personnel who are employees of the grantee institution and who are eligible for benefits. Funds may not be used for fellowship stipend supplementation unless specifically authorized by Simons Foundation staff.

LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE:  December 9, 2016 5:00 EST

Prospective applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) using the LOI template via proposalCENTRAL


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application/proposal with an OR5 form to research.services@uoguelph.ca

PI must also submit a signed Appendix B: Significant Financial Interest Disclosure form found at http://www.uoguelph.ca/research/for-researchers/ethics-and-regulatory-compliance/other/us-phs-fcoi

External Deadline

If invited.

How to Apply

PI to submit application using SFARI online system via proposalCENTRAL

For more information, please go to the SFARI website.  Please read the SFARI policy and procedures document,

For Questions, please contact

(646) 654-0066

Office of Research

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

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