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Simons Foundation - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)
Grants to USA and Canada postdoctoral researchers to support research related to the treatment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders. LOIs, as well as letters of recommendation on behalf of the candidate, must be submitted prior to submitting a full application. The purpose of this program is to invest in the upcoming generation of autism investigators by identifying talented early-career scientists interested in autism research and facilitating their transition to independent research careers.
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) seeks to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.
The Bridge to Independence (BTI) Award program promotes talented early-career scientists by facilitating their transition to research independence and providing grant funding at the start of their professorships. Annual Request for applications (RFA) open each spring and are aimed at senior postdoctoral fellows who intend to seek tenure-track faculty positions during the upcoming academic year.
Importantly, although eligible applicants must be currently in a postdoctoral training position, the BTI Award itself is not a training fellowship but a research grant to newly appointed faculty. The program’s selection process is uniquely designed to enhance the BTI awardees’ job prospects by providing a letter that specifies SFARI financial commitment to the research project once the BTI awardee has secured a suitable faculty position.
The BTI Award program welcomes applications that span the breadth of science that SFARI normally supports, including genetics, molecular mechanisms, circuits and systems, and clinical science.
While the Foundation encourages applications from postdoctoral fellows who are working on autism-related projects, it would like to stress that this award is also open to researchers who are not currently working on autism but who are interested in starting research projects in this area and who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.
- The award is administered through the institution at which the PI has a tenure-track faculty appointment.
- It is expected that proposed budgets reflect the accurate proportion of resources (e.g., personnel, supplies, equipment, travel) needed to complete the SFARI-funded project. Funds may be used toward salary and tuition support for laboratory personnel.
GrantWatch ID#: 173042
The principal investigator (PI) will receive research support at a fixed rate of $495,000 over three (3) years, including 20 percent for indirect costs.
Grant funding will begin on a rolling basis between January 1, 2019 - December 1, 2020. The program period is three (3) years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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