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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