Scientific Research Grants and Fellowship Programs

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. In addition to grants, researchers interested in Genetic Data can apply for access to MSSNG or AGRE.

Autism Speaks will release a variety of topic-specific grant calls over time which support a wide range of projects.

2023 Requests for Applications (RFAs)

Autistic Scientist Predoctoral Fellowship – Letters of Intent due December 6, 2022

Autism Speaks invites applications from autistic doctoral students interested in pursuing careers in autism research. 

The historical absence of autistic voices from autism research has contributed to a growing disconnect between researchers and the communities they hope to serve. Alongside recent calls for more stakeholder involvement in all stages of the autism research process, a greater number of openly autistic people have begun to pursue careers in autism research.

Autism Speaks believes that a critical first step to increasing autistic research career success is financial support. We therefore developed a new predoctoral fellowship that will support a promising cadre of autistic early career scientists who will choose and remain with autism research. By providing financial support to autistic researchers during  their doctoral training, we hope to increase success for individuals whose combination of academic expertise and lived experience can greatly impact the broader field of autism research.

Please see the RFA for more information and application instructions.

Central Auditory Process Disorders Grant Opportunity – Applications due February 21, 2023

Autism Speaks, with generous support from the Royal Arch Research Assistance, is funding one pilot research award, one predoctoral fellowship award and one postdoctoral fellowship focused on understanding, evaluating and/or treating individuals with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), particularly as it relates to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

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.

Please see the RFA for more information and application instructions.

2022 Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships – TBA

Autism Speaks is funding two-year predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships for researchers pursuing careers in autism research. The primary purpose of our fellowships is to provide highly qualified candidates with exceptional research training opportunities broadly related to the study of ASD.

Predoctoral fellows will be awarded a $38,000 stipend plus up to $11,000 research allowance. Postdoctoral fellows will be awarded a stipend ranging from $56,100 to $67,932 (based on years of experience) plus up to $11,000 research allowance.

Unlike the broad scope of previous years, the current round of funding will be granted to researchers focusing on mental health and autism. Successful applicants will invite people with autism and their families to be active participants in the research process and will take a public health approach.

Note: The release of the fellowship RFAs has been delayed. Dates will be revised before the next release.

Due Dates, Awards – see each RFA for complete information

Grant RFA schedule

Other Application/Grant Information

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Search funded grants in the Autism Speaks Grant Search (includes Service Provider grants).

Click here for information on Autism Speaks Service Provider Grants.

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

jnew@autismspeaks.org

Other queries? Contact us at research@autismspeaks.org