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SFARI Collaboration on Sex Differences in Autism Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, IHEs,
Hospitals, Labs, and Agencies for Research Related to Autism

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Simons Foundation - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

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Deadline Date:

10/02/20 5:00 PM Eastern


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, public and private IHEs, hospitals, and laboratories, and state, local, and federal government agencies for collaborative studies related to autism. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to support research partnerships with a team leader who oversees interdisciplinary, synergistic research efforts across multiple laboratories. For this collaboration RFA, SFARI solicits applications to investigate sex differences in autism.

SFARI Collaborations are a new funding mechanism that will provide substantive and stable funding support to multidisciplinary teams of investigators tackling critical issues in the autism research field. A proposal must address how the impact of a given Collaboration will be greater than the sum of what would be possible through awards to individual laboratories. Investigative groups within a collaboration will focus on the same conceptually unified topic but will incorporate different scientific disciplines, multiple levels of analysis, and will include a robust data-sharing infrastructure.

For this SFARI Collaboration, proposals are welcome that will use an array of modern technologies to examine sex differences in brain function, within and across species, including humans, to identify key differences in gene, cell and circuit function that account for the observed differential sensitivities of the two sexes to ASD. A successful collaboration must enhance the understanding of the biological bases for sex-specific differences in ASD and set the stage for development of novel interventions.

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GrantWatch ID#: 188004

Estimated Size of Grant:

SFARI Collaborations have a maximum budget of up to $8,000,000, including 20 percent indirect costs.

Term of Contract:

Collaborations are funded over an initial period of four years, with a possible three year extension.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Commercial or other for-profit organizations interested in applying must obtain permission from SFARI prior to submission.

At a minimum, all prospective CDs and PIs 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. It is expected that successful applicants will be recognized scientific leaders in their respective fields with a history of working collaboratively with other investigators of diverse talents and approaches.

The Collaboration director is expected to determine the scientific agenda, coordinate the scientific activities of the other members, and manage the overall functioning of the Collaboration through administrative and data management teams. The director will be SFARI’s main point of contact for the activities of the collaboration and will be responsible for monitoring and reporting on the overall progress of the research effort and of the individual projects.

Principal investigators (PIs) are expected to conduct research that advances the goals of the Collaboration. Since inclusion of diverse viewpoints is critical for scientific advancement, SFARI strongly encourages the inclusion of researchers who span institutions, career stages and groups historically underrepresented in science.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent Deadline: June 5, 2020
Notification to Submit Full Application: July 31, 2020
Full Application Deadline: October 2, 2020
Notification to Present at SFARI: December 18, 2020
In-Person Team Presentations: January and February 2021
Award Notification: March 2021

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Communications Department
Simons Foundation
160 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10010
T: 646.654.0066
F: 646.654.0220

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