Open Call – Simons Foundation – 2022 SFARI Pilot Awards 01.21.22

Jan 21, 2022 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Funding Opportunity

The Office of Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Simons Foundation.  Please forward the call to interested faculty in your departments and divisions. 

UCSC Contact: Samantha Forde |
Funder: Simons Foundation
Opportunity: 2022 SFARI Pilot Award
Deadline:  March 17, 2022


Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses for autism. Appropriate projects for this mechanism include those considered higher risk with less assurance of ultimate impact, but with the potential for transformative results.

SFARI encourages 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. Please read more about SFARI’s scientific perspectives. SFARI also strongly advises 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.

Please see a list of past awardees.

Award Amount & Terms

  • The total limit for a Pilot Award is $300,000, which includes indirect costs, at 20%for up to two (2) years.
  • Allowable indirect costs to the primary institution for subcontracts are not included in the $300,000 total budget threshold (see grant policies).
  • Indirect costs cannot be taken on equipment with a unit cost of more than $10,000 or on tuition.


  • All principal investigators 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. Eligible applicants must have independent lab space at their institution.
  • Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations. There are no citizenship or country requirements.


March 17, 2022     Application Deadline
July 18, 2022         Award Notification

Special Requirements

Please submit a proposal intake form prior to UCSC’s internal Institutional Deadlines. For support developing your proposal, please contact the Research Development Specialist assigned to your unit or send a request to

The Office of Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The FR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. FR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits. 

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the FR website. FR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact