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Simons Foundation: 2023 Winter Pilot Award for Autism Research Initiative

Grant Amount: Up to $300,000 over two years
Deadline: January 12, 2023
Category: Autism, Research,
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The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative is to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

To that end, SFARI invites applications for the 2023 Winter Pilot Award. Grants of up to $300,000 over two years will support exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses for autism. Appropriate projects for this mechanism include those considered higher risk with less assurance of ultimate impact but with the potential for transformative results. This funding mechanism is particularly suitable for investigators new to the autism field. However, the foundation encourages those new to the field to consult with experts in autism research to ensure their projects are relevant to the human condition.

SFARI encourages applications that propose research to link genetic or other ASD risk factors to the molecular, cellular, circuit, or behavioral mechanisms and set the stage for developing novel interventions.

To be eligible, all applicants and key collaborators must hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree and have a faculty position at a college, university, medical school, or other research facilities. Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, and units of state and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government. There are no citizenship or country requirements.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in this opportunity.

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Autism Science Foundation: 2023 Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards

Grant Amount: $35,000 for predoctoral students; $50,000 for postdoctoral students
Deadline: December 9, 2022
Category: Autism,
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The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders.

The proposed training should be scientifically linked to autism but may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research. Autism Science Foundation will consider all areas of related basic and clinical research, including but not limited to: human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, behavior, communication, social function, motor skills & planning, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuroimaging), pharmacology, behavioral intervention, neuropathology, genetics and gene/environment interactions, epigenetics, genomics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery, and dissemination of research findings.

To be eligible, applicants for predoctoral awards must be enrolled students in good standing in a program leading to a research doctorate, such as a PhD or ScD, or a dual degree, such as an M.D./Ph.D., in an academic department at an accredited university or health/medical institution. Medical school students are also eligible. Applicants for postdoctoral awards must have completed their doctoral or medical degree and have been accepted as a postdoctoral fellow in good standing in a program as of the award start date (July – September 2023). Medical residents are also eligible for Postdoctoral Training Awards. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens affiliated with institutions or enrolled in academic programs inside or outside the United States are eligible to apply.

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