2018 Pilot and Research Awards – Request for Applications

Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to provide funding for investigators conducting bold, creative and rigorous research into the underlying biology, causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Pilot Awards are intended for investigators who are requesting support for small-scale projects or early-stage experiments that will build on preliminary data or a prior track record and lead to competitive applications for funding by SFARI or other organizations. Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for these awards. The maximum budget is $330,000, including indirect costs, for two (2) years.

Research Awards are intended for investigators with demonstrated experience who are requesting support for compelling, high-impact research on an experimental hypothesis for which preliminary data have already been gathered. The maximum budget is $975,000, including indirect costs, for three (3) years.

Maximum Budget

Pilot Award: $330,000
Research Award: $975,000

Important Dates
  • Application Available
  • LOI Deadline
  • LOI Notification
  • Full Proposal Deadline
  • Award Notification
  • Award Start Date
Contact Info

SFARI Mission

The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

To this end, we solicit applications for SFARI awards from individuals who will conduct bold, imaginative, rigorous and relevant research.

Objective of the SFARI Awards

Grants awarded through this RFA will fund a broad range of ASD-relevant science. We are seeking applications that are grounded in biology and will complement our grants portfolio, which aims to connect autism etiology to brain function and behavior.

We strongly advise applicants to familiarize themselves with the research projects that SFARI currently supports and to think about how their proposals might complement existing grants. Considering SFARI’s significant efforts targeted at understanding the genetics of ASD, we encourage applications that propose research to link genetic or other ASD risk factors to molecular, cellular, circuit or behavioral mechanisms of ASD. See also the SFARI blog post “SFARI’s 2018 funding priorities,” where we discuss criteria for successful proposals.

Access to the Simons Simplex Collection (SSC), Simons Variation in Individuals Project (Simons VIP) and SPARK cohort— resources of phenotypic data, genetic data and in some cases biospecimens — will be given to all approved scientists through SFARI Base. We encourage applicants to use these resources. Further information about data requests and the acquisition of biospecimens is available online.

We seek applications from independent investigators who can devote a substantial portion of time to their proposed project. While we do not require a minimum principal investigator (PI) effort, we expect the PI to commit to a level of effort that reflects a leading role in the project. We encourage applications from researchers who are not currently working on autism but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder. We will also accept applications for collaborative grants involving multiple investigators.

We expect SFARI Investigators to share renewable reagents and data developed using Simons Foundation funds with other qualified investigators. The quality of the data-sharing plan will affect funding decisions.

SFARI Pilot Award

This application type is for innovative, high-impact proposals requesting support for small-scale projects or early-stage experiments that will build on preliminary data or a prior track record and lead to competitive applications for funding by SFARI or other organizations. Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for Pilot Awards. The total maximum award amount is $330,000, including indirect costs, for two years. Budgets for individual years can vary as long as the budget over two years does not exceed the maximum total award amount. Please note that SSC and Simons VIP biospecimen costs are not included in the maximum budget.

SFARI Research Award

This application type is for competitive proposals from investigators with demonstrated expertise requesting support for compelling, high-impact research on experimental hypotheses for which, in most cases, preliminary data have already been gathered. The foundation will also consider projects focusing on a central hypothesis where success depends on close collaboration between two or more labs.

We expect to fund proposals for a maximum total award amount of $975,000, including indirect costs, for three years, but under exceptional circumstances we will consider proposals at higher levels. Budgets for individual years can vary as long as the budget over three years does not exceed the maximum total award amount. We realize that research involving human subjects can be costly, and we will consider proposals with budgets of up to $1,200,000, including indirect costs, for three years if justified in the budget. (This grant mechanism is not intended to support large, randomized clinical trials of medications.) We strongly encourage PIs considering such studies to discuss their proposals and budgets with SFARI science staff before submission (please contact scienceRFA@simonsfoundation.org). Proposals with unusually high budgets are subject to heightened scrutiny. Please note that SSC and Simons VIP biospecimen costs are not included in the maximum budget.

Note for Investigators Applying for Renewal of Three-Year Research Awards

SFARI will prioritize the funding of high-risk and novel experiments, seeking to critically enable studies that have potentially high mission impact. With this in mind, we will prioritize new grant applications and provide only limited funding for renewal of three-year Research Awards. After three years of support, grantees are encouraged to seek continued funding from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. SFARI will work with its more senior investigators to identify other funding sources for autism-relevant projects; will continue to welcome their attendance at SFARI-sponsored meetings, workshops and other activities; and will consider limited transitional funding when justified by exceptional progress. SFARI does encourage recipients of SFARI Pilot or Explorer Awards who have achieved success in their initial studies to apply for three-year Research Awards.

Eligibility

All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent at a college, university, medical school or other research facility. In addition, eligible applicants must have independent lab space at their institution. 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.

Multiple Applications

Investigators may submit multiple applications (for Research or Pilot Awards) on different topics. However, it is highly unlikely that two awards will be made to the same PI within one RFA cycle. If you plan to submit an application for an Explorer Award while a decision on your application for a Pilot or Research Award is pending (or vice versa), we will consider the Explorer Award application independently as long as it is for a distinct project, but again, we are unlikely to make two awards to the same PI within one RFA cycle or given year.

Instructions for Submission

Applications must be completed electronically and submitted using forms provided at proposalCENTRAL. Please log in as an applicant, go to the “Grant Opportunities” tab, scroll to Simons Foundation and click “Apply Now” for the SFARI Pilot Award or the SFARI Research Award program. For assistance, please call 800-875-2562 or email pcsupport@altum.com.

Applicants must submit a one-page letter of intent (LOI) using the LOI template via proposalCENTRAL. Instructions for LOI submission as well as application requirements can be found in our instructions or on proposalCENTRAL.

Successful LOI applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. Only then will applicants have access to the full application on proposalCENTRAL. Instructions for full proposal submission as well as application requirements can be found on proposalCENTRAL.

Deadline and notification schedule

 

Application Available LOI Deadline LOI Notification
October 2, 2017 December 1, 2017 January 23, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline Award Notification Award Start Date
February 26, 2018 Mid-June 2018 August 1, September 1, October 1,
2018

Contacts:

Administrative inquiries:
grants@simonsfoundation.org
646-654-0066

Scientific inquiries and requests regarding budgets over $975,000:
sciencerfa@simonsfoundation.org
646-654-0066

proposalCENTRAL:
pcsupport@altum.com
800-875-2562

SSC, Simons VIP and SPARK data and recruitment questions:
collections@sfari.org
646-654-0066

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The Simons Foundation uses an electronic grants submission process. All interested grant applicants must submit their applications online through proposalCENTRAL

Maximum Budget

Pilot Award: $330,000
Research Award: $975,000

Important Dates
  • Application Available
  • LOI Deadline
  • LOI Notification
  • Full Proposal Deadline
  • Award Notification
  • Award Start Date

Instructions For Letter Of Intent Submissions

The deadline for Letter of Intent submission is Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Accessing the Letter of Intent Application in proposalCENTRAL:

Prospective applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) using the LOI application via proposalCENTRAL (pC). To start an application in pC, users must first login to their pC account.

If You Need to Create a New Account in pC

To create a new account, go to https://proposalcentral.altum.com/ (pC) and click “Create One Now!” under “Application Login”. Fill in the required fields, check the boxes to agree to pC’s Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy and then click “Save.”  For the next steps, see the If You Have an Existing Account in pC section below.

If You Have an Existing Account in pC

For all users with a pC account, log in under “Application Login” at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/ and select “Create New Proposal” or click on the “Grant Opportunities” tab. Scroll down to “Simons Foundation” and then click “Apply Now” for the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative-Pilot or Research Award program in order to start the proposal and access the templates. After all sections are completed, you will be able to click on the “Submit” button.

LOI Requirements and Submission Instructions

To submit a letter of intent (LOI), the following proposalCENTRAL sections must be completed:

  1. Title Page: Please provide the following information
    1. Project title
    2. Estimated annual budget
    3. Indicate use of SSC, Simons VIP or SPARK samples/phenotypic data
    4. Select a primary category. Please note a secondary category is not required.
  2. Download Templates & Instructions: The following templates are available for download:
    1. Letter of Intent (LOI) Instructions
    2. SFARI Policies
    3. RFA
    4. LOI Template
    5. PI Biosketch
  3. Enable Other Users to Access This Proposal: Complete this section to give administrators or collaborators access and to allow other users to submit the LOI on your behalf.
  4. Applicant/PI: The Principal Investigator (PI) should be listed here. For grants with multiple PIs, the contact PI should be listed here.
  5. Organization/Institution: Enter the lead institution. Contact information for the signing official and financial/fiscal officer from your institution is required; select the correct person or enter new names in this
  6. Key Personnel: Indicate key personnel, including but not limited to: principal investigators, co-investigators, consultants, postdoctoral research associates and others. In rare circumstances, the applicant organization may designate multiple individuals as PIs who share the authority and responsibility for leading and directing the project, intellectually and logistically. For more information on the responsibilities of PIs, please refer to the personnel definitions in the SFARI RFA FAQ.
  7. Attach Letter of Intent: The following documents are to be uploaded in the “Attach Letter of Intent” section, where they are also available for download:
    1. LOI: The LOI narrative should not exceed one (1) page of single-spaced, 11-point text, 0.5 margins. Please focus on the specific aims of the project, including a rationale for the hypothesis, preliminary data (as applicable), description of the experimental approach, and impact on autism research. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to provide general background on ASD. Figures, figure legends and tables are included in the page limits and should be included in the narrative PDF document. References (formatted as in the Journal of Neuroscience, including full author list, title, and link to PubMed) should be included on page 2 of the same document and should not exceed one page.
    2. PI(s) Biosketch: Please upload a biosketch for all PIs listed on the project as separate PDF attachments.
  8. PI Data Sheet: Optional: the contact PI’s ORCID identifier.
  9. Validate: You must click the “Validate” button below to check for any missing required information or files. All missing required information will be listed on the screen. Please correct any missing information before proceeding to the next step.
  10. Submit: You will be unable to submit if you have not provided all the required information. Any missing information will be listed on the screen. If your submission is successful, you will receive a confirmation message on the screen and a confirmation email will be sent to the applicant.

Please note that LOIs exceeding the one (1) page limit, including figures and figure legends, will not be reviewed. References should be included on page 2 of the same document and should not exceed one page.

Review of applications

Each LOI is evaluated by at least two members of the SFARI science team, with additional advice from outside advisers as needed. A committee of peers will review applications at the full-proposal stage and make recommendations to the SFARI science team. A list of SFARI reviewers from previous years can be found online. Applications will be judged on the excellence of science, relevance to autism and appropriateness of budget. The SFARI science team makes final funding decisions, taking into account the peer-reviewer evaluations outlined above as well as programmatic and budgetary considerations.

Deadline and notification schedule

 

Application Available LOI Deadline LOI Notification
October 2, 2017 December 1, 2017 January 23, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline Award Notification Award Start Date
February 26, 2018 Mid-June 2018 August 1, September 1, October 1,
2018

Contacts:

Administrative inquiries:
grants@simonsfoundation.org
646-654-0066

Scientific inquiries and requests regarding budgets over $975,000:
sciencerfa@simonsfoundation.org
646-654-0066

proposalCENTRAL:
pcsupport@altum.com
800-875-2562

SSC, Simons VIP and SPARK data and recruitment questions:
collections@sfari.org
646-654-0066

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  • proposalCENTRAL Login Instructionsplus--large
    1. Where do I submit the LOI or full proposal?plus--large

      New users first need to register on proposalCENTRAL (pC). Once you’ve done that, log in and select “Create New Proposal” or click on the “Grant Opportunities” tab. The RFA will be listed during the LOI submission period. Click “Apply Now” to start the application and access the template. After all sections are completed and your LOI PDF is uploaded, you will be able to hit the “Submit” button to send the application.

    2. How do I submit a full proposal?plus--large

      With an accepted LOI, you gain access to the full proposal application on pC. Log in and click through to “In-Progress” applications. The LOI sections are linked to the application. Once all sections are complete and the attachments are uploaded, the “Submit” button will be activated.

    3. How do I create a pC user account?plus--large

      Go to proposalCENTRAL and click “Create One Now!” under “Need an account?” Fill in the required fields, check the boxes to agree to pC’s terms of service and acceptable use policy, and then click “Save.”

  • Eligibilityplus--large
    1. Am I eligible to receive a SFARI Pilot or Research Award?plus--large

      All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent at a college, university, medical school or other research facility. In addition, eligible applicants must have independent lab space at their institution. 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.

      If you are still unclear about your eligibility, please submit an Applicant Eligibility Form.

    2. Can postdoctoral research associates apply as principal investigators (PIs)?plus--large

      No, postdoctoral research associates may not apply as PIs. All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent at a college, university, medical school or other research facility. Funds may not be used for stipend supplementation unless specifically authorized under the terms of the program from which funds are derived.

      Senior postdoctoral research associates who are interested in pursuing an independent career in autism research are encouraged to apply for SFARI’s Bridge to Independence Award RFA.

    3. Can foreign institutions apply for a grant?plus--large

      Yes, foreign institutions with a 501(c)(3) equivalency may apply.

    4. Can multiple PIs apply for a grant?plus--large

      In rare circumstances, the applicant organization may designate multiple individuals as PIs who share the authority and responsibility for leading and directing the project, intellectually and logistically. For more information on the responsibilities of PIs, please refer to the personnel definitions in the Personnel section below.

    5. Can PIs submit multiple applications for the same or different awards? (including Explorer, Pilot and Research Awards)plus--large

      Yes, PIs may submit multiple applications on different topics; however, it is highly unlikely that two awards will be made to the same PI within one RFA cycle.

      If you plan to submit an application for an Explorer Award, while a decision on your application for a Pilot or Research Award is pending (or vice versa), we will consider the Explorer application independently as long as it is on a different topic, but again, we are unlikely to make two awards to the same PI within one RFA cycle or given year.

    6. Can co-investigators and additional personnel be listed on multiple applications?plus--large

      Yes, co-investigators and additional personnel can be listed on multiple applications.

  • Submission Instructionsplus--large
    1. Can I email or mail an LOI or full proposal?plus--large

      No, the Simons Foundation accepts only applications submitted online through pC.

    2. Do I need institutional signoff to submit an LOI?plus--large

      No, a signed face page is required only for the full proposal.

    3. Can someone else (assistant, staff member, etc.) submit my application for me?plus--large

      Yes, you can add users with administrator access to the pC application so that someone other than the PI can edit and submit the application.

    4. Is validating my proposal the same as submitting it?plus--large

      No. “Validating” the proposal is a process that checks for errors and omissions and will alert you to missing requirements of your LOI or application. If the application is complete, you must then click the “Submit” button. You will receive an email within 10 minutes, and you should contact pcsupport@altum.com if you do not receive confirmation and do not see your application in the “Submitted” tab or with the status changed to “Submitted.”

    5. Can I change the named PI?plus--large

      Yes, linked instructions for how to change the named PI can be found in the application.

      The person who starts an application will be named as the PI on the Applicant/PI page. If the Applicant/PI section does not show the correct person (e.g., you are the PI but someone else started the online application, or you started the application and someone else is the PI), you must update this section before submitting. PI details carry over to the full proposal.

    6. Where is the “Submit” button?plus--large

      The “Submit” button is located in the last section of the LOI application. You will be unable to submit if you have not provided all the required information. If the submission deadline has NOT passed, use the “Validate” button to check for missing requirements. If you believe your application is complete and the “Submit” button does not appear, please contact pcsupport@altum.com.

      If the deadline has passed, the submission period has closed and you will not be able to submit.

    7. I get an error message citing a missing section when I try to submit.plus--large

      The “Validate” button reviews your application for missing sections. The submission instructions list the required sections and attachments. You must complete the missing sections listed. If you are still receiving error messages after completing and saving the indicated sections, please contact pcsupport@altum.com.

    8. Are deadline times adjusted for time zones?plus--large

      No, deadlines on the application are in Eastern time. We recommend registering early and submitting applications with ample time for making corrections prior to the deadline hour. Increased site traffic can slow page loading times. The “Submit” button will not work after the deadline has passed.

    9. Will I get a confirmation email when I submit?plus--large

      A confirmation email is sent upon submission of the LOI and full proposal. Please contact pcsupport@altum.com if you submitted your application and have not received a confirmation email within 10 minutes. Make sure that your spam filters allow emails from pcsupport@altum.com. The LOI will be in the “Submitted” tab when you next log in.

    10. Can I make changes to the application once it has been submitted?plus--large

      Applications can only be revised prior to the deadline. If the deadline has passed, you must contact the Simons Foundation to make any changes. Please email grants@simonsfoundation.org or call (646) 654-0066.

    11. The deadline for notification has passed. What is the status of my proposal?plus--large

      You should receive a notification within 24 hours of the deadline. Please check your spam filter settings if you have not received a notification by then.

    12. Does the Simons Foundation grant extensions?plus--large

      No extensions will be given. If you have any difficulties, please email us at grants@simonsfoundation.org or call (646) 654-0066. Please do not contact pC directly.

       

  • LOI Requirementsplus--large
    1. What are the file format, font style and size requirements of the LOI?plus--large

      Please submit a PDF of the LOI document. Type should be set in 11-point, legible font. All margins should be set at 0.5 inches.

    2. Are references, figures and figure legends included in the one-page limit? How should they be included?plus--large

      Figures and figure legends are included in the one-page LOI limit. References (formatted as in the Journal of Neuroscience, including full author list, title, and link to PubMed) should be included on page 2 of the same document and should not exceed one page.

    3. Do I need to submit biosketches with the LOI?plus--large

      Yes, biosketches are required for the PI(s) only.

    4. Can I submit a budget with the LOI?plus--large

      No, the estimated total annual costs should be included on the LOI template. A detailed budget is not requested with the LOI.

  • Full Proposal Requirementsplus--large
    1. Are references, figures and figure legends included in the narrative eight-page limit? How should they be included?plus--large

      References, figures and figure legends are not included in the page limit for the full proposal, although we have a limit of 10 figures (each fitting on a single page). Please attach them at the end of the eight-page narrative in the same PDF file. The Simons Foundation’s preference is for figures to follow the narrative rather than be embedded in the text. References should be in Journal of Neuroscience format, including full author list, title, and link to PubMed.

    2. What are the font style and size requirements?plus--large

      Type should be sent in 11-point, legible font. All margins should be set at 0.5 inches.

    3. What can I include as an appendix?plus--large

      In-press papers can be included as appendices, as well as any papers that you consider essential for the consideration of the review committee (not more than three papers). Any other material should be included, if possible, in the narrative. If you have video attachments for your proposal, please upload these as an appendix (all file types are accepted).

    4. Is there a minimum percent effort for PIs or co-investigators?plus--large

      We seek applications from independent investigators who can devote a substantial portion of time to this effort. There is no minimum percent effort required for any personnel, but we expect the efforts of personnel, in particular PIs and co-investigators, to reflect their roles in the project.

    5. What do I do if there are multiple PIs on the application?plus--large

      In rare circumstances, the applicant organization may designate multiple individuals as PIs who share the authority and responsibility for leading and directing the project, intellectually and logistically. Each PI is responsible and accountable to the applicant organization or, as appropriate, to a collaborating organization for the proper conduct of the project or program, including the submission of all required reports. The designation of more than one identified PI on an application or award diminishes neither the responsibility nor the accountability of any individual PI.

      The first PI listed, under whose name the application is submitted, will serve as the contact PI for administrative purposes. The contact PI must be affiliated with the institution submitting the application. The contact PI will be responsible for communication between SFARI and the rest of the leadership team. Instructions for submission of an application with multiple PIs are listed below:

      – Applications with multiple PIs from different institutions who would like to be paid separately must upload the following items in the “Proposal Attachments” section:

      – Signed signature page for each PI (available for download in the “Proposal Attachments” and “Download Templates & Instructions” sections).

      – Budget template for each non-applicant PI (available for download in the “Proposal Attachments” and “Download Templates & Instructions” sections).

      – Direct costs for all non-applicant PIs, which must be given in section 8 (“Budget Period Detail”) in the “Consortium & Contractual Direct” section. Indirect costs for all non-applicant PIs should be included in the “Indirect Costs” section. Please add a separate line for both direct costs and indirect costs for each non-applicant PI.

      – Applications with multiple PIs from different institutions who will be paid directly by the contact PI’s institution are considered subcontracts. Subcontracts must include:

      – Subcontract Detailed Budget (available for download in the “Proposal Attachments” and “Download Templates & Instructions” sections) for each subcontract.

      – Direct costs for all subcontract PIs, which must be given in section 8 (“Budget Period Detail”) in the “Consortium & Contractual Direct” section. Indirect costs for all subcontract PIs should be included in the “Indirect Costs” section. Please add a separate line for both direct costs and indirect costs for each subcontract PI.

      – Only one signature page, from the institution of the applicant PI submitting the application.

      – Applications with multiple PIs from the same institution do not need to submit additional materials. Additional non-applicant PIs should be listed as key personnel in section 6 (“Key Personnel”) and in section 8 (“Budget Period Detail”), and only one signature page is needed. Please note that the applicant PI will be the designated contact PI for the project. The contact PI will be responsible for directing the project and will act as the main point of contact for the foundation by coordinating all administrative deliverables.

    6. What do I do if there is a subcontract on the application?plus--large

      Applications with a subcontract (including PIs who will be paid directly by the contact PI’s institution) must include:
      – Subcontract Detailed Budget (available for download in the “Proposal Attachments” and “Download Templates & Instructions” sections) for each subcontract.

      – Direct costs for all subcontract, which must be given in section 8 (“Budget Period Detail”) in the “Consortium & Contractual Direct” section. Indirect costs for all subcontract should be included in the “Indirect Costs” section. Please add a separate line for both direct costs and indirect costs for each subcontract.
      – Only one signature page, from the institution of the applicant PI submitting the application.

    7. Are indirect costs included in the total maximum budget limits?plus--large

      Yes. Indirect costs, at 20 percent of the total budget for each year of the award, are included in the total maximum award amount. Please note that indirect costs cannot be taken on equipment with a unit cost of more than $10,000, tuition, or Simons Simplex Collection (SSC) or Simons Variation in Individuals Project (Simons VIP) biospecimens.

    8. Does the PI need to sign the signature page?plus--large

      No, only the signing official is required to sign the signature page.

    9. Does the Simons Foundation require letters of support or collaboration?plus--large

      We do not require letters of support or letters of collaboration for co-investigators. If a letter is prepared, it can be uploaded as “Appendix – In-press papers on related topics.”

  • Personnelplus--large
    1. As the applicant PI, should I be listed as key personnel in the application on pC?plus--large

      No. Please list only additional key personnel on the application (i.e., co-investigators, non-applicant PIs, postdoctoral research associates, etc.).

    2. What is the difference between a PI and a co-investigator?plus--large

      PI

      The individual(s) judged by the applicant organization to have the appropriate level of authority and responsibility to direct the project or program supported by the grant. He or she is responsible and accountable to the applicant organization and SFARI for the proper conduct of the project or activity, including the submission of all required reports. He or she will act as the main point of contact for the foundation. There is no minimum percent effort required for a PI, but it is expected that the PI will join the collaborative community of SFARI Investigators, and he or she will participate in some of the conferences, workshops and symposia that the foundation organizes.

       

      Co-Investigator

      An individual involved with the PI in the scientific development or execution of a project. The co-investigator must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent and be employed by, or affiliated with, the applicant/grantee organization or another organization participating in the project under a consortium agreement. A co-investigator is considered key personnel, but the Simons Foundation does not require a minimum effort from the co-investigator. The designation of a co-investigator, if applicable, does not affect the PI’s roles and responsibilities, nor is it a role implying multiple PIs.

      The role type Co-PI will not be used by SFARI.

    3. Where do I enter additional co-investigators and additional key personnel?plus--large

      You can save personnel details in the “Key Personnel” section on the LOI application and full proposal.

    4. How does SFARI define a consultant?plus--large

      A consultant is an individual providing professional advice or services on the basis of a written agreement. These individuals are not normally employees of the organization receiving the services. Consultants also include firms providing professional advice or services.

    5. Can postdocs be personnel on the grant?plus--large

      SFARI funds may be used only for personnel considered employees of the grantee institution who are eligible for benefits. Funds may not be used for stipend supplementation unless specifically authorized under the terms of the program from which funds are derived. SFARI defines a postdoctoral research associate as follows:

      An individual who has received a doctoral degree (or the equivalent) and is engaged in mentored advanced training for a temporary and defined period to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path. The postdoctoral research associate performs specific services in exchange for compensation, and he or she is treated as an employee of the grantee institution, with benefits.

       

  • Access to data and biospecimens from the SSC, Simons VIP and SPARK cohortplus--large
    1. How can I find out more about available biospecimens and other data available from the Simons VIP and SSC?plus--large

      You can access and request information about Simons VIP and SSC biospecimens and data on SFARI Base. If you do not have an SF I.D., you must create one. If you have problems with the login or have questions regarding the collections, please email collections@sfari.org.

    2. How can I find out more about the data collected from SPARK participants?plus--large

      Please see the SPARK webpage for more information about the SPARK cohort and available data. You can access and request information about the data collected from SPARK via SFARI Base. If you do not have an SF I.D., you must create one. If you have problems with the login or have questions regarding the collections, please email collections@sfari.org.

    3. Are biospecimens available from SPARK?plus--large

      No, but phenotypic data from 46,603 individuals are currently available to approved researchers via SFARI Base and genetic data will be available soon.

    4. How can I apply to recruit SPARK participants for my research studies?plus--large

      Please refer to the SPARK recruitment process document for more details.

    5. Do the annual budget limits include the cost of purchasing SSC and Simons VIP biospecimens?plus--large

      No, SSC and Simons VIP biospecimen costs are not included in the budget limit. Prices for SSC and Simons VIP biospecimens can be found on the price list on our website.

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