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.

Autism Speaks will release a variety of topic-specific grant calls over time. We are pleased to announce the following Requests for Applications (RFAs) for 2019.

Predoctoral Fellowships : The primary purpose of our predoctoral fellowships is to provide highly qualified candidates with exceptional research training opportunities broadly related to the study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Postdoctoral Fellowships : The goal of our postdoctoral fellowships is to support well-qualified postdoctoral scientists pursuing training in autism.

Adult Transition Research Grants: This RFA invites applications with the aim of establishing evidence-based scalable practices leading to improved postsecondary employment, education, community living and other key outcomes relevant to adolescents and young adults with ASD.

Dataset Analysis Grants: This RFA invites novel grant applications to increase our basic understanding of autism — from genetics to behavior — by analyzing important databases generated by Autism Speaks: the Autism Genetics Research Exchange (AGRE) and/or MSSNG (a whole genome sequencing resource). Co-analysis of Autism Speaks datasets with other data is encouraged, along with proposals from early career investigators or investigators new to the field.

Autism Speaks Science Grants System will be available to accept Letters of Intent (LOI) on January 10, 2019.

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

Table containing deadline dates predoctoral fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, dataset analysis and adult transition grants

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): 

  • Request for Applications release date November 12, 2018 
  • Letters of Intent due by December 12, 2018
  • Applications due by February 13, 2019
  • Peer review panels: Spring 2019
  • Notifications: Summer 2019
  • Earliest grant start date: Late summer 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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