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Autism Speaks Announces New Research and Training Grant Opportunities

November 12, 2010

November 12, 2010

Autism Speaks supports global biomedical research into the diagnosis, causes, prevention, and treatment of autism. Our mission is to improve the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. In support of that mission we provide funding along the entire research continuum -- from discovery to development to dissemination -- for innovative projects that hold considerable promise for significantly improving the lives of persons with autism.

The current grant requests include the 2011 Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowships and Treatment grants, now available at both Full and Pilot Levels. Interested researchers are encouraged to see Open Grants and How to Apply to download the full Requests for Applications (RFAs) and to access details of eligibility, the application process, the new Autism Speaks grant system, and timelines. All applications must be explicit in establishing the relevance of the proposed research to Autism Speaks targeted research priorities (outlined in each RFA).

Dennis Weatherstone Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
Established in 2008, this fellowship program provides predoctoral students with exceptional research training opportunities under the mentorship of distinguished scientists studying all aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program encourages the growth of a promising cadre of young scientists. Registration for the third year of the Weatherstone Fellowships will open on November 15, 2010. Information about the overall Weatherstone program is here. Access the Weatherstone RFA here.

Treatment Research: Full-Level and Pilot-Level
Autism Speaks invites both Full- and Pilot-Level Treatment research grant applications to conduct innovative clinical studies of novel interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) throughout the lifespan. These may include medical, complementary and alternative forms of health care; pharmacological, and/or behavioral/psychosocial interventions; and evaluation of the efficacy, safety or therapeutic benefits of interventions. Consult Open Grants and How to Apply for details on the Treatment grants and access the RFA here.