About

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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People

John Spiro, Ph.D.

Interim Director, SFARI, Simons Foundation

John Spiro joined the foundation in 2007 and until 2020 was deputy scientific director, where he worked with the SFARI director to oversee all aspects of the foundation’s autism research initiatives, including managing a team of scientists and administrative staff involved in launching requests for applications, evaluating proposals and other projects, organizing scientific workshops and meetings and overseeing SFARI.org. He helped launch the Simons Variation in Individuals Project (now Simons Searchlight) and has spearheaded the foundation’s efforts to promote the use of preprints in the life sciences as well as other initiatives aimed at more open data sharing.

Contact

Simons Foundation
160 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, New York 10010

Phone: Phone: 646.654.0066
Fax: Fax: 646.654.0220

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Grant inquiries
sfarigrants@simonsfoundation.org
Scientific inquiries
sciencerfa@simonsfoundation.org
SFARI collections and data inquiries
collections@sfari.org
Permissions
info@sfari.org
Other inquiries
info@sfari.org
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