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Pre­ and Postdoctoral Training Awards and Medical Student Gap Year Research Training Awards

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Postdoctoral
Fellows and Medical Students for Autism Research Activities

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Autism Science Foundation (ASF)

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Deadline Date:

12/02/19 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of $25,000 to USA, Canada, and International graduate (predoctoral) students and medical students, and grants of $35,000 to postdoctoral scholars, for research activities related to autism spectrum disorders. Funding is intended for training programs that are scientifically linked to autism but the scope may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research. Special consideration will be given to projects that focus on traditionally under-researched populations, medical comorbidities of autism, a genetically-defined subtype of autism, and studies of families with a high probability of receiving a diagnosis.

Pre- and postdoctoral applicants may apply at any point during their training. The fellow may work on a project that extends out past the funding period; however, there must be specific goals and accomplishments stated as part of the one-year fellowship. The selected awardee also must spend 80% of his/her professional time engaged exclusively in the autism research activities stipulated in the application for the duration of the award, and cannot simultaneously hold another fellowship award during the support period.

Autism Science Foundation will consider all areas of related basic and clinical research including but not limited to: human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, behavior, communication, social function, motor skills and planning, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuroimaging), pharmacology, behavioral intervention, neuropathology, genetics and gene/environment interactions, epigenetics, genomics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery, and dissemination of research findings.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174606

Estimated Size of Grant:

For predoctoral and medical students: $25,000
For postdoctoral students: $35,000

Term of Contract:

Awards must be started between July 1, 2020 and September 15, 2020. The term of the award will be a period of one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. citizens enrolled in universities inside or outside of the United States are eligible to apply. Non-US citizens enrolled in universities based inside or outside of the U.S. are also eligible to apply.

Applicant Eligibility:
- Applicants for predoctoral awards must be enrolled students in good standing in a program leading to a research doctorate such as a Ph.D. or Sc.D. or a dual degree such as an M.D./Ph.D. in an academic department at an accredited university or health/medical institution.
- Applicants for Medical School Gap Year Research Training Awards should be enrolled at an accredited university medical school. Medical school applicants must apply prior to graduation from medical school but the gap year may be taken immediately after graduation.
- Applicants for postdoctoral awards must have completed their doctoral or medical degree and have been accepted as a postdoctoral fellow in good standing in a program as of the award start date (July-Sept 2020).

The proposed mentor must hold a tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment (or equivalent) at an accredited institution of higher education or health/medical/research institution, and must be an established and active investigator in some aspect of autism research. Each mentor may sponsor only one candidate (either one predoctoral candidate OR one postdoctoral candidate OR one medical school gap year candidate) per application round. Each candidate may select only one mentor.

The candidate should also have an advisor in addition to the mentor. The advisor may provide expertise or opportunities outside the mentor’s specific field, and may be at a different university or other organization. We recommend that the faculty member with more autism experience serve as the mentor. The advisor’s name should be included on the title page, and his/her role in the training of the fellow should be explicitly stated in the training plan. The CV for the advisor should be included in the application.

An advisor is not necessary for a successful application, but strongly recommended if parts of the project extend past the mentor’s immediate area of expertise.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Autism Science Foundation will hold an informational webinar regarding the predoctoral, postdoctoral and medical school fellowship RFA on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 12:00 pm EST. The webinar will outline best practices for completing the application.

Participation on the webinar is NOT required for application. Attendance will not be taken and the webinar will not be recorded.

You can participate via phone or via your computer. Please register by clicking here:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due Monday, December 2, 2019, 5:00 PM EST. Award notifications will be made in April 2020.

Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF document with all materials (including those of the mentor), except the letter of recommendation, bundled together.

The letter of recommendation must be provided by an individual (it cannot be the mentor or advisor) who is familiar with the applicant and addresses his/her education, research training and experience, and professional career goals in autism research. The letter must be on letterhead and signed. In no circumstance will the contents of this letter be shared with the applicant. Applicants should arrange to have only one letter of recommendation submitted, and it must be submitted directly by the Recommender, not included in the application bundle.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the PDF by email to: with the subject line (Last Name/Institution/Pre,Post/Application).

Additional questions about proposal submission, proposal content and review, or applicant eligibility should be addressed to:
Alycia Halladay, Chief Science Officer, Autism Science Foundation

Autism Science Foundation
106 West 32nd Street, Suite #182
New York, NY 10001

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