Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI): 2021 Bridge to Independence Award 

The BTI Award program engages talented early-career scientists in autism research by facilitating their transition to research independence and providing grant funding at the start of their professorships. Awardees receive a commitment of $495,000 over three years, activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship at a U.S. or Canadian research institution.

This RFA is aimed at Ph.D. and M.D.–holding scientists who are currently in training positions but intend to seek tenure-track research faculty positions over the next two academic years (i.e., 2021–2023). The program’s selection process is uniquely designed to enhance the BTI fellow’s job prospects by specifying SFARI’s financial commitment contingent upon successful transitions to tenure-track research faculty positions.

We welcome applications that span the breadth of science that SFARI normally supports, including genetics, molecular mechanisms, circuits and systems, and clinical science. While we encourage applications from scientists who are working on autism-related projects, we 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 have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex condition.

The deadline for letters of intent and letters of recommendation is April 12, 2021.