Apply for a Research Mini-Grant

Request for Applications:  2014 Research Enhancement Mini-Grants
RFA Released: June 24, 2014
Applications Due: September 12, 2014
The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Research Enhancement Mini-Grants. This grant mechanism is designed to expand the scope, increase the efficiency and improve final product dissemination of active autism research grants. Autism Science Foundation will make a number of awards determined by its available financial resources. The term of this award cannot exceed the term of the active grant nor the IRB/IACUC approval period on the underlying grant.
Grants of up to $5000 are available to enhance, expand or enrich currently-funded grants (including those funded by ASF).  All projects must have prior IRB/IACUC approval. No portion of these funds shall be used to cover indirect university costs. 
Proposal Preparation:
Proposals should be no more than 2 pages written in 12-point Arial font and should have margins of 0.5 inch or greater.  Use of smaller or difficult to read fonts may result in the proposal being returned without review.  The applicant’s last name must appear on both pages of the application. The application must include the current grant name, the period of grant funding, the grant number, and the current grant funding source. Briefly describe the existing project and then describe how the enhancement funds will enrich the current project. Focus on positive developments or changes that have occurred in or around the project that warrant more funding. Indicate the exact dollar amount you are applying for and specify exactly how the funds will be spent. 
Be creative in your use of these funds. Do not submit a bibliography. 
Pre- and postdoctoral fellows may submit a letter of recommendation if desired. 
Review Criteria:
  • The extent to which new funds will enhance rather than duplicate already funded research activities;
  • The extent to which new funds will create new knowledge or create knowledge more rapidly;
  • The extent to which the researcher has made some kind of breakthrough and needs just a bit more funding to be able to exploit this breakthrough rapidly;
  • The extent to which the increased funds lead to direct treatment implications;
  • The extent to which something has occurred in or around the project that leads to a new opportunity
Submission of Proposals:
Proposals should be submitted as a PDF document or Microsoft Word document to with the subject line (Last Name/Institution/Enhancement Grant Application).  Example: Martin/Tulane/Enhancement Grant Application
Letters of recommendation (only from pre- and postdoctoral fellows) should be sent by email to Please ask your recommender to use the subject line (Applicant last name/Institution/Letter of Recommendation). Example: Martin/Tulane/Letter of Recommendation.
Successful electronic submission will be confirmed by email notification to the sender. 
Proposals are due on or before September 12, 2014.
Proposals will not be accepted after the due date. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the proposal complies with the conditions prescribed in the RFA.  Autism Science Foundation reserves the right to return without review any proposal found not to be in compliance with the conditions prescribed in the RFA, or any proposal that is not responsive to its research goals or exceeds its funding limits or available resources, at any time during the application and review process.  
Autism Science Foundation reserves the right to make changes to this RFA at any time. Changes will be posted at  We advise applicants to check this website frequently.
Award notifications will be made in November, 2014.   
Payment of Awards:
Upon notification of award, we will require a copy of the underlying project’s IRB approval letter.  Upon receipt of the IRB letter by ASF, we will issue a contract to the investigator’s sponsoring institution and make a single installment payment. Awardees must submit a brief written report to the Autism Science Foundation at the conclusion of the award, documenting the status of the research funded and detailing the use of funds. A template will be provided by the Autism Science Foundation for this purpose.
Questions about proposal submission, proposal content and review, or applicant eligibility should be addressed to Casey Gold, Operations Manager, Autism Science Foundation. (
Click here to view the RFA for the 2014 Research Enhancement Mini-Grants.