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SFARI Pilot Award

Opportunity NamePilot Award
AgencySimons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)
ValueUp to $500,000
Indirect CostsEligible at 20%
DurationUp to 2 years
Application due to FSc RO at for full review05-30-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review06-06-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review06-11-2024, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 06-13-2024, by 12:00PM (noon)

To provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses. Appropriate projects for this mechanism include those considered higher risk but with the potential for transformative results, including work in human subjects. 

Applications that propose research to link genetic or other ASD risk factors to molecular, cellular, circuit or behavioral mechanisms and set the stage for development of novel interventions are encouraged.

Note: Projects that represent continuations of ongoing work (whether funded by SFARI or other funders) are not appropriate for this mechanism.


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, and 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 FSc Research Services at