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SFARI Genomics of ASD: Pathways to Biological Convergence and Genetic Therapies Grant

Opportunity NameGenomics of ASD: Pathways to Biological Convergence and Genetic Therapies Grant
AgencySimon Foundation Autism Research Initiative
ValueExplorer Track – Up to $400,000 
Expansion Track – Up to $1,500,000 
Collaboration Track – Up to $750,000 per lab 
Indirect CostsEligible at 20%
DurationExplorer Track - Up to 2 years 
Expansion Track – Up to 3 years 
Collaboration Track – Up to 3 years 
Application due to FSc RO at for full review08-04-2022
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review08-11-2022
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review08-16-2022, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 08-18-2022, by 5:00PM

To advance our understanding of the genetic basis of ASD and the molecular and cellular consequences of genetic risk, and to provide a foundation for the development of treatments for select genetically defined forms of the condition.

The RFA comprises distinct focus areas on (1) systems biology of ASD risk genes to identify points of biological convergence, (2) functional analysis of ASD-associated variants, and (3) development of gene-based therapies. Special emphasis is placed on the use of scalable methods, especially as applied to genes that are suitable therapeutic targets.

  • 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.
  • Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government.
  • There are no citizenship or country requirements.

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact your FSc Research Officer

Stefanie Bernaudo
Research Officer
(Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Science, Technology & Society)

Phoebe Tsz-Wai Chan
Research Officer
(Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics)