Autism Science Foundation Issues New Request for Scientific Grant Proposals

Grants will fund pre- and postdoctoral autism research fellowships
and medical school gap year research fellowships

Informational Conference Call: September 15, 2015, 12:00pm et

(August 11, 2014—New York, NY)--The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, today announced that it had issued a new request for scientific proposals. ASF is inviting applications for pre- and postdoctoral training awards and medical school gap year research training awards from graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. In the past five years, ASF has funded $1.5 million in pre- and postdoctoral grants.

"We have increased our funding for pre- and postdoctoral fellowships every year for the past five years and expect to expand it again this year,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation.  “We are committed to supporting outstanding young investigators who want to dedicate their careers to autism research.”

"We are so grateful to all our donors and volunteers who have come together to support autism research and who make these grants possible" said Karen London, co-founder of ASF.

The proposed training must be scientifically linked to autism. Autism Science Foundation will consider for training purposes all areas of related basic and clinical research including but not limited to: human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, communication, social function, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuro-imaging), pharmacology, neuropathology, genetics, genomics, epigenetics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery. Applications must be received by November 14, 2014. Awards will be announced in March 2015 for projects beginning July-September 2015.

Additional information about this RFA can be found at http://autismsciencefoundation.org/ ApplyForaGrant.html

The Autism Science Foundation will hold an informational conference call regarding the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and medical school fellowship RFA on September 15, 2014 at 12:00pm ET.  The call will outline best practices for completing the application. Participation on the conference call is NOT required for application.  The call in number is: 866-906-9888 and the participant code is 2574613#

ASF also has an open RFA for Research Mini-Grants of up to $5000 to expand the scope, increase the efficiency and improve final product dissemination of active autism research grants.  Applications for mini-grants are due by September 12, 2014. 

Additional information about the Research Mini-Grant RFA can be found at http://autismsciencefoundation.org/apply-research-mini-grant.

The Autism Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation’s grant programs, and to read about projects funded through this mechanism in prior years, visit www.autismsciencefoundation.org

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Contact Info:  
Meredith Gilmer
Autism Science Foundation
mgilmer@autismsciencefoundation.org