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Department of Defense Offers $7.5 Million in Autism Research Funding Opportunities

September 12, 2007

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Program (ASDRP) was created by Congress when it appropriated $7.5 million for autism research in the Fiscal 2007 Department of Defense Appropriations Act (P.L. 109-289). This program was presented to Congress by Autism Speaks, which worked with key Congressional champions in securing Federal appropriations for defense-funded autism research, which is designed to supplement other federally-funded autism research such as that conducted by the National Institutes of Health. Recognizing Autism Speaks' leadership role in the ASDRP, the Department of Defense appointed Peter Bell, Executive Vice President of Autism Speaks, to chair the Integration Panel which is responsible for designing the objectives of the ASDRP.

New funding opportunities are available for the Autism Spectrum Disorder from the Department of Defense Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Program. Some of the awards are specifically designed for a broad spectrum of investigators beyond those already mentioned, such as the fields of epidemiology, immunology, education, nutrition, psychology, psychiatry, etc, to focus their research on autism spectrum disorders.

The Fiscal Year 2007 (FY07) Defense Appropriations Act provides $7.5 million to the Department of Defense Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Program (ASDRP) to promote innovative research that advances the understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and leads to improved treatment outcomes. This program is administered by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

A reference table is available:

The complete Program Announcements for each award mechanism are located on the CDMRP website:

Summaries are located on http://www.Grants.Gov .

Quick tips for Researchers:

1) Researchers, at your first interest in submitting a proposal, please contact your research administration office and identify the research administrator that will be assisting you in submission of your proposal. They are your partner for success.

2) Please check our “Frequently Asked Questions” on if issues arise.

3) Questions related to CDMRP electronic submission:

· Hours: The technical support help desk is available Monday through Friday (except Holidays). Standard hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. eastern time (ET).

· E-mail:

· Phone: 301-682-5507

4) Questions related to the program, proposal format or required documentation:

· E-mail:
· Phone: 301-619-7079

5) You may submit your Letter of Intent, or Pre-application, to the CDMRP e-receipt today or until the deadline. Go to