Another Big Data Collection Push to Slay Another Feared Enemy: Autism

Funders are fighting dread maladies by funding the collection of genetic data, tissue samples, and other information that can aid researchers. Autism is another area where hopes run high for this approach.
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This Home Depot Co-Founder is Funding Out-there Brain Science

The Marcus Foundation, the Atlanta-based behemoth founded by Bernard “Bernie” Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot and Giving Pledge signatory, has deep pockets and isn’t afraid to use them. They gave out over $40 million in 2012, and now, they’re stepping up to fund the first two years of groundbreaking trials at Duke Medical.
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Understanding the Simons Simplex Collection: Getting Beyond Autism

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) doles out around $75 million annually. In 2011 SFARI completed a complex gene-banking project called the Simons Simplex Collection. Understanding this initiative, and learning what the SSC can tell us about SFARI’s philosophy and grantmaking mission, is imperative to anyone seeking money from the organization.
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Inside Simons Foundation's Autism Pilot and Research Awards

SFARI receives about 30% of the Simons Foundation’s budget—about $75 million annually—and SFARI makes lots of awards each year. It doesn’t blow its wad on just a handful of hotshot researchers, it spreads the love around to as many worthy projects it catches wind of, which means that, if you’re looking to get high mileage from a few thousand dollars (though SFARI grants occasionally soar into the millions) SFARI Pilot and Research Awards are definitely worth pursuing.
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Inside the Simons Foundation's Autism Investigations

The Simons Foundation, with assets of close to $2 billion, is grappling with deep questions about the nature of autism. While the Foundation supports various types of mathematical and scientific research, one of its programs, the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), focuses exclusively on supporting groups engaged in exploring the causes and treatment of autism.

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Behind SFARI, Fast-Growing Financial Mover in Autism Research

Next to Autism Speaks, The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is one of the largest sources for autism research funding in the US, and it is growing exponentially. In 2007, its founding year, SFARI’s budget was $1.1 million; the number grew to just over $5 million in 2009, and by 2010 it had increased to $17.4 million.

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