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Scientific Research Grants & How to Apply

Scientific Research Grants and Fellowship Programs

Autism Speaks released its Strategic Plan for Science 2018-2020 in December 2017 (See the related announcement and letter from our Chief Science Officer.) . 

Autism Speaks Science is committed to being a catalyst for research breakthroughs that improve lives today and deliver a spectrum of solutions in the years ahead. This work involves unraveling the biology of autism, including its varied subtypes and dimensions and translating research findings into life-enhancing solutions.  

Autism Speaks is likewise committed to collaborating with the autism community to advance research that translates findings into better evidence-based interventions and tailors and delivers interventions to those who may benefit from them. 

Autism Speaks will release a variety of topic-specific grant calls over time. We are pleased to support a wide range of projects.

Treatment Grant Opportunity

Autism Speaks invites Treatment Research Grant applications to conduct innovative studies of novel treatments and interventions for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) throughout the life span.

These may include medical approaches such as pharmacological treatments and complementary and alternative forms of healthcare, as well as behavioral and/or psychosocial interventions. Successful applications will focus on evaluation of the efficacy, effectiveness or other therapeutic benefits of the targeted intervention.

We anticipate granting two awards at $250,000/year for up to three years with a maximum of $750,000 per award, inclusive of indirect costs. There are no geographical restrictions. International applications are welcome.

More information and instructions for applying can be found in the Request for Applications (RFA)

Submission, Review & Notification Schedule (subject to change):

  • Letter of intent due:                July 18, 2018, 8 pm Eastern Time (LOI submission is now closed.)
  • Letter of intent notifications:   Early August
  • Applications due:                 September 19, 2018, 8 pm Eastern Time 
  • Peer review panels:               October/November 2018
  • Notifications:                          Late December 2018
  • Earliest grant start date:        February 2019


Central Auditory Process Disorders Grant Opportunity

Autism Speaks, with generous support from the Royal Arch Masons, anticipates funding one pilot research award, at up to $60,000 US, and one predoctoral fellowship award, at up to $40,000 US, focused on understanding, evaluating and/or treating individuals with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), particularly as it relates to co-occurring autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Please see the RFA for more information and application instructions. 

Submission, Review & Notification Schedule (subject to change): 

  • RFA release date January 12, 2018 
  • Peer review panels: Spring/Early Summer 2018 
  • Notifications:   Summer 2018 
  • Earliest Grant start date: Fall 2018 

Other Application/Grant Information

Announcements of new RFAs will appear on this page. Researchers can sign up to receive email notification of new RFAs by clicking HERE.

Autism Speaks Review Process

Autism Speaks' Science Program Policies 

Grant Search (includes Family Services grants)

Other Autism Funding Opportunities

Apply Online:

All proposals must be submitted online via Autism Speaks Science Grants System. Through its various user-friendly features, applicants and institutional officials can monitor the status of their applications and grants. System access instructions can be found in the RFAs.

Electronic submissions are mandatory. No paper or e-mailed applications will be accepted. For inquiries, please contact:

Joan L. New, Research Grants Manager 
Autism Speaks
1060 State Road, 2nd Floor
Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 228-7313 |

For information on Family Services Grants, click HERE.

For more information on our Research Fellowships, click HERE.