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. 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.

Research Planning Grants  – applications due November 22, 2021

Autism Speaks anticipates awarding four (4) research planning grants, up to $300,000 USD each (over 18 months). The Research Planning Grant mechanism directly addresses the Autism Speaks Strategic Mission and 2021-2023 Strategic Plan to advance the care of those highly impacted by ASD.  The awards will support the development of a manualized model, supported by pilot data, and the development of a research plan to evaluate the model against a comparison condition.

Two (2) awards will focus on the development of a comprehensive plan that describes a model for assessment and intervention for autistic individuals with significant challenging behavior and a research design that could evaluate the efficacy or effectiveness of this design against a plausible comparison condition. Ideally, models and research designs will cover a broad age range, enhance access for underserved communities, or be adapted to do so, and is scalable to ensure that the approach, if empirically supported, will provide significant positive community impact.

Two (2) awards will focus on the development of a comprehensive plan that describes a model for assessment and behavioral intervention to address the difficulties related to the core features of autism spectrum disorder in adolescents and adults highly impacted by ASD, and a research design that could evaluate the efficacy or effectiveness of this design against a plausible comparison condition. Ideally models will enhance access for underserved communities, or be adapted to do so, and is scalable to ensure that the approach, if empirically supported, will provide significant positive community impact. This award is focused on skill acquisition but should also be applicable to those with significant behavioral challenges.

Applications should not include exclusively remote/telehealth service delivery models.

Applications should not include exclusively psychopharmacological treatments

Complete information and dates can be found in the RFA (Request for Applications).

Upcoming RFAs

2022 Central Auditory Processing Disorders – expected release November 2021

2022 Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships – expected release November or December 2021

Basic Due Dates, Awards – see each RFA for complete information

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 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
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