To ensure that our funding is as impactful as possible, SFARI will be undergoing a strategic planning process in the first half of 2024. We have thus adjusted our request for applications (RFA) schedule to ensure that the SFARI science team can devote sufficient time and energy to this effort. In 2024, we will hold the Bridge to Independence (BTI) RFA, and one call for Pilot Awards, in tandem with a call for continuation funding for former Pilot or BTI Award grantees whose projects have been successful. We will also hold a targeted RFA on Bridging Early Neurodevelopment and Emerging Neural Circuits, as well as a call for proposals for an updated version of SFARI Gene.
Earlier this year we announced here that this summer we would be issuing a request for applications (RFA) for the Genomics of ASD grants. However, as we have occasionally done in the past, this summer the SFARI science team will regroup to evaluate our entire grant portfolio to identify gaps where SFARI funding is likely to create the most impact. To allow sufficient time for these activities we have decided to postpone the 2023 Genomics of ASD RFA.
To further our goal of funding the best and most transformative research on autism, SFARI strives to strike a balance between open requests for grant applications (RFAs) on any autism-related topic and more targeted RFAs focused on top priorities identified by SFARI. In 2023, we will hold two calls for Pilot Awards and will reissue the Human Cognitive and Behavioral Science RFA and the Genomics of ASD RFA. We will also issue a call for projects that integrate the study of ASD-relevant behaviors across human and non-human species.
SFARI’s requests for grant applications (RFAs) underwent a number of changes in 2021. In 2022, we will largely continue on the course set last year. There will be a single call for Pilot Awards and new calls for the Human Cognitive and Behavioral Science and the Genomics of ASD RFAs.
SFARI’s requests for grant applications (RFAs) will be undergoing a number of changes in 2021. These changes include the introduction of the new Human Cognitive and Behavioral Science RFA, a single call for Pilot Awards, the suspension of the Research Award RFA and the launch of several targeted funding initiatives.
In this blog, Alice Luo Clayton assesses the first five years of the SFARI Bridge to Independence Award program, the impact the award has had on the fellows’ careers and the directions in which the program is moving forward.
In this blog post, Paul Wang discusses the importance of supporting the development and validation of objective clinical outcome measures for autism. He also provides an overview of four new SFARI-funded projects that aim to develop such tools.
In this blog post, Wendy Chung and John Spiro outline some of the important ways in which the Simons Searchlight program has been recently expanded, including increasing the number of genes and copy number variants that are being studied.
In this blog post, the SFARI science team provides insight into why SFARI’s request for applications grant programs are being revamped, which award types are being changed and how the new changes will be implemented.
SFARI’s requests for grant applications will be undergoing a number of changes in the coming months. These changes include ending the Explorer Award program, updating the Pilot Award program to have twice-yearly receipt dates, and having a revamped Research Award program with an annual receipt date.
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