• Proposal: 09/13/2019


  • Amount: $300,000
  • Duration: up to 2 years


The goal of the Pilot Award is 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. To get a better understanding of SFARI’s different RFAs and whether the Pilot Award may be the best mechanism to support your project, please read the blog post “SFARI RFA reboot: Why, what and how?

In particular, we encourage applications that propose research to link genetic or other ASD risk factors to molecular, cellular, circuit or behavioral mechanisms of ASD. Please read more about SFARI’s scientific perspectives here. We also strongly advise applicants to familiarize themselves with the current projects and other resources that SFARI supports and to think about how their proposals might complement existing efforts.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for these awards.

Indirect costs are capped at 20%.

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.

There are no citizenship or country requirements.

Contact Information

Scientific inquiries: