2011 ASF Grant Outcomes Report

ASF is committed to giving talented young investigators with cutting-edge ideas the support they need to get their research off the ground. Since 2010, the Autism Science Foundation has funded 21 pre- and postdoctoral training awards. Our yearlong training grants are designed to help young investigators attract major funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and encourage them to dedicate their careers to advancing our understanding of autism.

When surveyed, each of our past grantees reported that the ASF training award was the first autism research grant they had won. Further, they all planned to remain in the autism field, with 83% reporting that our award increased their likelihood of pursuing an autism research career. Two young investigators said the award increased their commitment to specific research areas and confidence in their ability to secure funding and lead future research.

At the end of every grant period, we ask the grantees to share the outcomes of the funding they received. Read highlights from the 2011 cohort below:


The 2011 cohort undertook projects in the following areas

· Prelinguistic indicators of ASD in infants

· Social skills interventions in public schools

· Genetics, cellular and molecular mechanisms of ASD

· Language development in ASD



Young scientists funded by ASF in 2011 have made significant contributions to the autism field

· 100% of grantees reported ASF grants assisted their efforts to translate basic discoveries into potential methods of diagnosis or treatment

· 40% of grantees said ASF-funded research resulted in improved methods of risk assessment related to prevention or earlier, more effective intervention

· 40% of grantees said ASF grants facilitated development of an individualized approach to treatment

· 40% of grantees reported empirically validating an intervention strategy with help of ASF funding

· 20% of grantees used ASF training grants to facilitate the dissemination or implementation of a health or education related service into a broader community setting

· 100% of grantees reported the ASF training award informed their strategy or thinking for a future grant



Research funded by ASF in 2011 has resulted in

· 2 peer-reviewed publications

· 4 manuscripts in preparation or submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals

· 7 oral presentations and 3 poster presentations at national conferences

· 5 workshops and community presentations



Research originally funded by ASF in 2011 will continue to be supported by

· 1 NIH training grant

· 3 Autism Speaks Postdoctoral Fellowships in Translational Research