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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How to Nab a Simons Foundation Explorer Award

Sure, a Simons Foundation Explorer Award might be small, but remember: it’s fast, too. The one-year, nonrenewable awards come in a tidy, one-size-fits-all $60,000 package, and they’re designed to be handed out throughout the course of a year to just-starting-out scientists, or researchers doing work that could offer tangential insights into autism.
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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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