Scientific Research Grants & How to Apply

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. 

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

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. Final funding decisions will be based on the scientific merit and fidelity to the RFA of reviewed applications. There are no geographical restrictions. International applications are welcome.

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

  • RFA release date November 12, 2018 
  • Letters of Intent Due December 12, 2018
  • Applications Due February 13, 2019
  • Peer review panels: Spring 2019
  • Notifications:   Summer 2019
  • Earliest Grant start date: Late Summer 2019 

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):

  • Notifications:                          Late December 2018
  • Earliest grant start date:        February 2019

Other Application/Grant Information

To be notified of RFA releases and other grant information, sign up on the RFA Notification List.

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

For information on Service Provider Grants, click HERE.

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

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