SFARI -- Novel Outcome Measures in ASD Request for Applications

Funding Agency:
Simons Foundation

Grants awarded through this request for applications are intended to develop and validate outcome measures that are suitable for use in intervention studies that target the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. Such measures should provide objective data with strong psychometric properties, be scalable for use in large, multisite studies, not be unduly burdensome to participants and families, and have evident clinical relevance. They would ideally capture naturalistic rather than laboratory behavior and be applicable to subjects across a wide range of ages and levels of functioning.

We expect to fund several awards through this mechanism. The maximum budget is $300,000 per year, including indirect costs, for up to three years. Higher budgets will be considered, but such budgets must be strongly justified.


  • Notice of Intent Due: February 15, 2019
  • Full Applications Due: March 1, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

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, or units of state and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government. There are no citizenship or national residence requirements.

If the proposal includes investigators at more than one site, all investigators should have demonstrated prior success in similar collaborations.

Investigators who received grants in response to the 2015 RFA on Novel Outcome Measures may apply through this RFA as well.



Amount Description

The grant period is two or three years. The maximum budget is $300,000 per year, including indirect costs, for two or three years. Exceptions with strong justification will be considered but are not encouraged.

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

February 15, 2019