Launched in 2006, SFARI is a scientific initiative within the Simons Foundation's suite of programs. SFARI’s mission is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

In 2007, SFARI issued its first request for applications, its goal being to attract top researchers to the field of autism research. Today, with a budget of approximately $78 million per year, SFARI supports over 250 investigators. Since 2003, the Simons Foundation has provided or committed more than $525 million in external research support to more than 550 investigators in the U.S. and abroad.

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Louis Reichardt, Ph.D.

Director, SFARI, Simons Foundation

Louis Reichardt joined the foundation to lead SFARI in 2013. His role at SFARI is to set strategic priorities that guide funding decisions and to identify new opportunities for enhancing the scientific understanding of autism spectrum disorders as well as improving diagnosis and treatment.


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