Autism Speaks opens applications for research grants on central auditory processing disorder

December 1, 2023
CAPD Fellowship RFA

Autism Speaks, the global non-profit dedicated to dedicated to creating an inclusive world for all individuals with autism throughout their lifespan, today announced the opening of applications for a new cycle of research grants on the study of central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) (PDF) in autism.

With generous support from a Royal Arch Research Assistance grant, we anticipate funding one pilot research study, one predoctoral fellowship and one postdoctoral fellowship focused on understanding, evaluating and/or treating individuals with CAPD, particularly as it relates to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Royal Arch Masons International ranks among the leading charities helping children with CAPD, a condition that affects the ability to understand speech. People with CAPD can typically hear normally but have difficulty processing what they hear.

Last year’s grant recipients proposed studies to enhance our understanding of the neurology of CAPD, the impact of CAPD on sleep and the potential of virtual reality in the treatment of this condition. This year, we seek research proposals that will elucidate the relationship of auditory processes to neurobehavioral manifestations, the potential for treatments directed at auditory processes pathology to improve neurobehavior and the best clinical approaches to the evaluation and treatment of CAPD.

The pilot study will be funded at $60,000 for one year, the predoctoral fellowship will be awarded $40,000 per year for two years and the postdoctoral fellowship will be awarded $55,000 a year for two years.


  • Request for Applications (RFA) released: December 1, 2023
  • Letter of Intent (LOI) due: January 16, 2024, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • LOI notifications sent: January 2024
  • Application due: February 27, 2024, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Letters of recommendation due: February 20, 2024
  • Peer review panels: Spring 2024
  • Notifications: Late Summer 2024
  • Earliest grant start date: Fall 2024

Please view the Request for Applications (PDF) on our grants page to find complete information about the grant opportunity and detailed application instructions.

For assistance, contact Joan New, Grants Manager, at