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Simons Foundation - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)
02/28/22 5:00 PM EST
Grants to USA and Canada postdoctoral researchers for research related to the treatment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders. The purpose of this program is to invest in the upcoming generation of autism investigators by identifying talented early-career scientists interested in autism research and facilitating their transition to independent research careers. The BTI Award program welcomes applications that span the breadth of science that SFARI normally supports, including genetics, molecular mechanisms, circuits and systems, and clinical science.
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. Request for applications (RFA) open each year and are aimed at scientists with a Ph.D. and/or M.D. who are currently in training positions but intend to seek tenure-track research faculty positions during the upcoming academic year.
Applications from groups that have been historically underrepresented or excluded in the biomedical workforce, including but not limited to racial and ethnic groups, sexual orientation and gender identities, individuals with mental/physical disabilities and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, are especially encouraged.
Importantly, although eligible applicants must be currently in a postdoctoral training position, the BTI Award itself is not a training fellowship but a research grant to newly appointed faculty. The program’s selection process is uniquely designed to enhance the BTI fellows’ job prospects by providing a letter that specifies SFARI financial commitment to the research project once the BTI awardee has secured a suitable faculty position.
While the Foundation encourages applications from scientists who are working on autism-related projects, it 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 who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex condition.
During their transition year, BTI fellows also receive a designated gift through the SFARI Bridge to Independence Professional Development fund and valuable feedback from SFARI science staff during the job negotiation process. Throughout their tenure in the BTI program, fellows also participate in a variety of community building activities, such as professional development workshops, and participation in annual BTI fellows retreats and SFARI science meetings.
It is expected that proposed budgets reflect the accurate proportion of resources (e.g., personnel, supplies, equipment, travel) needed to complete the SFARI-funded project. Funds may be used toward salary and tuition support for laboratory personnel.
GrantWatch ID#: 173042
- Fellows receive a commitment of $495,000 over three years, activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship.
- During their transition year, BTI fellows also receive a $10,000 designated gift
- The program period is three (3) years.
- Once the award letter has been sent, funding may begin on the first of the month, up to one (1) year after the award letter has been sent.
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