The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce a new request for applications for research focused on the impact of the innate immune system on autism-related disorders.
To this end, we seek applications for investigations of the impact of physiologically relevant activation of the innate immune system on behavioral, circuit, synaptic and neuronal functions in animal models of autism. SFARI encourages applications that address either of the following two issues: (1) Effects of activation of the maternal innate immune system on embryonic central nervous system development in genetic models of autism and controls; (2) Effects of activation of the innate immune system in genetic autism models and adult controls.
SFARI especially encourages submission of proposals that are collaborations between immunologists and neuroscientists.
You may access this RFA and accompanying guidelines here. The deadline for full proposal submission is 3 March 2014, and notification of award is expected by 1 July 2014.