Simons Foundation: SFARI Explorer Award

The Simons Foundation is accepting applications to enhance the Foundation’s existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to enable focused experiments highly relevant to our mission. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches will require investigation at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. The Foundation will consider proposals at all of these levels. Award amount is up to $70,000 for one (1) year. Application deadline is rolling.

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations has identified the following private funding opportunity:

Simons Foundation: SFARI Explorer Award
http://www.simonsfoundation.org 

The Simons Foundation is accepting applications to enhance the Foundation’s existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to enable focused experiments highly relevant to our mission. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches will require investigation at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. The Foundation will consider proposals at all of these levels. Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. The Foundation especially encourages applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism, but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder. Indirect costs for all SFARI grant types are limited to 20 percent of the modified total direct costs. Indirect costs paid to a subcontractor may not exceed 20 percent of the direct costs paid to the subcontractor. All applicants must hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree and have a faculty position.

Application Deadline: Rolling. Application Guidelines for the award: http://simonsfoundation.s3.amazonaws.com/share/Policies_and_forms/2016/FormUpdates_2016_02_10/Explorer%20Awards%20RFA%20FINAL.pdf.

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Kavita Hall, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at Kavita.hall@unc.edu or (919) 962-2013. The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities. 

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