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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Bridge to Independence Award

Grants to USA Postdoctoral Researchers to
Investigate the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism

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Grants to USA senior postdoctoral fellows pursuing research in the field of autism to assist in obtaining a faculty position with a tenure track. Letters of recommendation and first-stage proposals are due by August 7, 2017. Funding is intended to identify early-career scientists interested in autism research and facilitate their transition to an independent research career.

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.

Successful applicants will be notified that they are finalists in the Bridge to Independence Award program and will have one year to submit an approval application, which includes confirmation of a tenure-track professorship at a U.S. academic institution, review of the institution’s research environment and resources, and institutional signoff. After the Simons Foundation accepts the approval application, the finalist will become a grantee and receive a commitment of $150,000 per year over three years, awarded through their faculty appointment institution.

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GrantWatch ID#: 173042

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Estimated Size of Grant:

$150,000 per year (including 20 percent for indirect costs) are awarded through the grantee's faculty appointment institution.

Term of Contract:

Funding begins within one year of the award letter date and continues for three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree
- Applicants must have fewer than six (6) years of postdoctoral or otherwise mentored training
- Applicants must be currently in non-independent, mentored, training positions as recognized by their institution.
- Applicants must be actively seeking a tenure-track position at a U.S. institution of higher education during 2017 - 2018 academic year. SFARI will approve the use of funds at non-U.S. institutions only under exceptional circumstances.
- Applicants must not have accepted a formal offer for a tenure-track faculty position.
- There are no citizenship requirements.

Evidence for non-independence may include:

- The applicant’s research is entirely funded by another investigator’s grants.
- The applicant’s research is conducted entirely in another investigator’s assigned space.
- According to institutional policy, the applicant is not allowed to submit an application for an NIH research grant (e.g., R01) or SFARI grant (e.g, Explorer, Pilot, Research, and Targeted awards) as the principal investigator.

Conversely, evidence for independence, and therefore lack of eligibility, includes:

- The applicant has a full-time faculty position. Exception: A clinician who holds a faculty member position in order to fulfill their clinical responsibilities but who does not hold an independent research faculty position may still be eligible. Such individuals should contact the foundation to confirm their eligibility prior to submitting their applications.
- The applicant received a start-up package for support of his/her independent research.
- The applicant has research space dedicated to his/her own research.
- The applicant is eligible to apply for independent research funding as the PI of an NIH research grant (e.g., R01) or SFARI grant (Explorer, Pilot, Research, and Targeted awards).

Restrictions on Funding:

- Funds may not be used toward the PI’s salary, but may provide salary support for other laboratory personnel.
- Institutional start-up packages may not be reduced because of SFARI funding.

Pre-Application Information:

All potential applicants with questions about eligibility are strongly encouraged to contact the SFARI administrative contact before submitting an application.

Important dates:

- June 1, 2017: ProposalCENTRAL opens for first-stage proposals
- August 7, 2017: Letters of recommendation and first-stage proposals due
- November 20, 2017: Finalists notified
- December 1, 2017 – December 1, 2018: Full application submission (rolling basis)
- January 1, 2018 – December 1, 2019: Funding begins (rolling basis)*

The application process will proceed in two stages:

- In the first stage, Ph.D. or M.D. applicants currently in mentored training positions must submit an autism-relevant research project, such a proposal should describe the studies that an applicant plans to pursue once they have attained an independent, tenure-track faculty position at an academic institution.

- Top applicants will be notified of their finalist status, at which time they have up to one year to secure a tenure-track position at a U.S. academic institution. To proceed from the finalist to grantee stage, finalists must submit an approval application. This application includes a copy of their faculty appointment letter and other documentation to assure the foundation that adequate institutional support is in place for successful completion of the autism-relevant research project.

- Once SFARI has accepted the approval application, the Bridge to Independence Award will be awarded and the funding initiated.

SFARI policies:

View FAQs and application instruction below in Supporting Documents.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

First-stage proposals must be completed electronically and submitted using forms provided at Log in as an applicant, go to the “Grant Opportunities” tab, scroll to “Simons Foundation” and click “Apply Now” for the “SFARI Bridge to Independence Award” program.

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Or, call 646-654-0066 for questions in any of the above areas.


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