Research and Funding

The Simons Center for the Social Brain awards Seed Grants to faculty investigators, Postdoctoral Fellowships to promising young researchers, and graduate fellowships to PhD students working on autism spectrum disorders at multiple levels of analysis. In addition, the Center provides undergraduate-level research opportunities in MIT labs through MIT's UROP program. Please see the Funding page for more information about grant and fellowship opportunities.

For information about projects seeking research subjects, please see our Participate page.


The Simons Center for the Social Brain (SCSB) hosts a variety of events for MIT researchers and the wider community to discuss recent progress and research opportunities in autism and developmental brain disorders. Follow the links to view images from and recordings of recent SCSB events, including the 2012 Summer UROP Poster Session.

The Simons Center Colloquium Series extends the longstanding Autism and Developmental Disorders Colloquium Series hosted at MIT by the former Simons Initiative on Autism and the Brain. This series - a resource for the Boston community serves as a forum for bringing together basic and clinical researchers working on autism spectrum disorders.

The Simons Center for the Social Brain Lunch Series takes place periodically on Fridays from noon to 1pm. This series has been created in order to foster the exchange of information among researchers interested in autism and the social brain.

The Simons Center hosts a Coffee Social Wednesdays at 3pm in 46-6011. Members of the research community across disciplines come and enjoy coffee and dessert while engaging in discussion on special topics with members of other labs involved in studying the social brain, neural and cognitive development, and autism spectrum disorders.

In addition to the above events, the Simons Center also hosts the annual Autism Poster Session each fall, presenting research from Simons-funded postdoctoral fellows, as well as the UROP Poster Session each summer.

To join the Simons Center mailing list and receive notifications about events and upcoming funding opportunities, please contact Annie Cardinaux.