Simons Foundation for Autism Research Initiative: Collaborative Awards for Sex Differences in Autism Research
Feb 14, 2020 8:30 AM
Award Amount: Up to $8 Million, including 20% indirect costs, over an initial period of four years, with a possible three-year extension
Application Due Date: April 21, 2020
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce its 2020 SFARI Collaboration on Sex Differences in Autism request for applications.
There is growing recognition that synergistic efforts across scientific disciplines will contribute to addressing the most critical questions in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research and accelerating progress on the development of therapeutics. Collaborations are a new SFARI funding mechanism that will provide substantive and stable funding support to multidisciplinary teams of investigators tackling critical issues in the field of ASD research. 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.
Collaborations will be led by a director who oversees interdisciplinary, synergistic research efforts across multiple laboratories. Investigative groups within a collaboration will focus on the same conceptually unified topic but will incorporate different scientific disciplines and multiple levels of analysis, and will include a robust data-sharing infrastructure.
For the first collaboration RFA, SFARI is soliciting applications to investigate sex differences in autism. They welcome proposals 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 our understanding of the biological bases for sex-specific differences in ASD and set the stage for development of novel interventions.