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Funding Opportunites - Research
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Grant Amount: $60K PA FOR 1 OR 2 YEARS
Deadline: Dean's: Contact your Faculty Research Office for deadline details.
Internal: May 20, 2010
Sponsor's: May 27, 2010

Subject Areas: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Speaks invites grant applications to conduct pilot research studies into the causes, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure of autism spectrum disorders. Autism Speaks? mission is to improve the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. In support of that mission, we provide funding along the entire research continuum -- from discovery to development to dissemination -- for innovative projects that hold considerable promise for significantly improving the lives of persons with autism.

In 2010, Autism Speaks is focusing on a group of targeted research priorities. All funded pilot study projects will be required to demonstrate direct relevance to at least one of these targeted research priorities, which are as follows: Discovery of risk factors for autism, especially environmental factors and gene-environment interactions. Development of methods for very early detection of ASD risk. Understanding the natural course of adult development in ASD, with emphasis on factors related to outcome, medical co-morbidities, and mortality. Identification of the molecular pathophysiology of ASD that can inform translational research for drug discovery or development of diagnostic methods. Development and evaluation of novel treatments that can address the core symptoms and associated medical conditions throughout the lifespan. Dissemination of empirically-validated screening, diagnostic and treatment approaches.

Application Details:

Autism Speaks pilot study proposals must satisfy one or more of the following requirements: Innovative, novel and/or untested research, diagnostic or treatment approaches and/or new biomedical or clinical paradigms, which if successful, will likely facilitate rapid advances and/or emerging or transforming areas of research to understand the causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment or cure of autism spectrum disorders. Collection of preliminary data necessary to prepare and submit a competitive research grant application.

The relevance of the proposed research to ASD and Autism Speaks? research priority areas must be explicitly described in the Letter of Intent (LOI) and full proposal. Investigators holding full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty appointments or equivalent full-time non-tenure track appointments at accredited academic, medical or research institutions are eligible to apply. Eligibility must be demonstrated at the time of submitting the LOI. Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria above (e.g., postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, clinical fellows, part-time faculty members, etc.) may be eligible to apply with clear documentation from the applicant?s institution that a full-time faculty appointment will be in effect by the start date of the grant. Autism Speaks reserves the right to determine whether the project is acceptable for the Pilot grant program at the time of application and/or award. Autism Speaks utilizes a web-based application system for their grant submissions. All applications must be submitted through this system.


NOTE: Letters of Intent and Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development Services for institutional signatures, and are to be accompanied by a completed RDAF form (bearing applicant, Chair and Dean signatures). Requests for Institutional signatures should be received no less than 3 days prior to the posted Sponsor deadline.
Western Contacts: Pocock,Katy
Russelo,Theresa M

Sponsor Contacts:

2 Park Avenue
11th Floor
New York, New York, United States
212 252-8584