The Simons Center for the Social Brain (SCSB) funds Seed Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and undergraduate research (UROP) opportunities. Two rounds of Seed Grant applications are accepted each year: one in the spring, and one in the fall. Postdoctoral Fellowship applications are accepted on a rolling basis from applicants outside MIT, and twice per year (in the spring and fall) from MIT-based applicants. Simons Fellows conduct their research based at MIT under the mentorship of MIT faculty researchers. UROP funding follows the academic calendar, with one round each semester and an additional round each summer.
Mission and Goals:
The mission of the Simons Center for the Social Brain is to understand the neural mechanisms underlying social cognition and behavior, and to translate this knowledge into better diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
Neural correlates of social cognition and behavior exist in diverse species, and the underlying mechanisms can be studied in both humans and relevant model organisms and systems. We support experimental approaches that take advantage of MIT's strengths in genetics and genomics, molecular and cell biology, analysis of neural circuits and systems, cognitive psychology, and engineering.
One of the Simons Centerís aims is to develop MIT-wide programs on genetics and gene discovery, mechanisms and models, cognitive neuroscience, and translation and therapeutics. MIT researchers can contribute uniquely to understanding autism and related brain disorders, through the development of novel tools and technologies and advancing new computational and theoretical approaches.
SCSB supports these programs and themes through seed funds for investigators proposing novel collaborative research, a postdoctoral fellows program, and support for undergraduate researchers. See links for details of Seed Grant, Postdoctoral Fellowship, and UROP funding opportunities.