In this blog post, the SFARI science team provides insight into SFARI’s scientific priorities. A number of experimental design issues to consider when preparing a grant application in response to the 2018 Pilot and Research Awards RFA are also discussed.
This blog post accompanies the “SFARI’s 2018 funding priorities” post. In it, the SFARI science team discusses the application and review process for 2018 Pilot and Research Awards.
SFARI’s priorities, funding decisions for 2014 grants cycle Today, we’re announcing a new request for applications. Letters of intent, the short statements that precede full applications, are due no later than 11 October. It seems timely, therefore, to describe how we make decisions on research proposals.
Rho family of enzymes at crossroads of autism A number of autism risk factors converge on one cellular pathway: abnormal remodeling of the cell's structural systems through the signaling protein Rho, says SFARI’s associate director for research, Alan Packer.
Challenging choices: How we make funding decisions Which grant applications should SFARI choose to fund each year? The principles that guide that decision are nuanced and evolve as new results emerge. But there are some clear general guidelines in place, says John Spiro, SFARI’s deputy scientific director.
Pick of the litter New genetic variants that increase susceptibility to autism are emerging at a rapid pace. Given the profusion of data, it seems timely to assess the availability and usefulness of mouse models in which to study these genetic risk factors.