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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Researchers for Studies Related to Autism Treatment and Intervention

Applied Research Competition


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Funding Source
Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 03/20/23
Deadline: 08/01/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $40,000 to USA, Canada, and International researchers affiliated with qualified institutions for studies related to autism treatment and intervention. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Special emphasis is placed on studies that will likely produce outcomes that are meaningful to the autism community and have potentially broad applications to the practical challenges autism presents.

Through this competition, OAR intends to promote evidence-based practices delivered from research in the following areas:

  • The analysis, evaluation, or comparison of current models of assessment, intervention, or systems of service delivery, including policy analysis
  • Applied aspects of educational, behavioral, or social/communicative intervention
  • Effective intervention across the lifespan for individuals considered to be severely impacted by ASD
  • Issues affecting adults with autism such as continuing education, employment, residential supports, sexuality instruction, quality-of-life determinants, and services and supports for older autistic individuals
  • Issues related to family support, social and community integration, assessment and intervention with challenging behavior, and the use of technology in support of learners with ASD

OAR seeks to fund studies that expand the body of knowledge related to autism intervention and treatment, produce practical and clearly objective results, have the potential to impact public policy, and provide outcomes that offer to enhance quality of life for persons with autism and their families.  While applicants are always free to submit on any relevant area of research or intervention, this year, OAR is placing an emphasis on research that addresses the following targeted areas:

  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Community-Based Assessment and Intervention
  • Community-Living and Supports
  • Gender, Reproductive, and Sexual Health
  • Physical Health and Mental Health
  • Improving Access to and Effectiveness of Existing Systems and Services
  • Intersectionality, Equity and Diversity
  • Mid-life and Older Adults


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility requirements:
- International researchers are eligible to apply.
- At least one member of the research team must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and maintain a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility.
- Applicants who are in transition between research institutions during the competition period but before the study period begins are still eligible to apply. In such cases, applicants must coordinate with the proper office of sponsored programs, and briefly explain the pending status of IRB approval within the application.

Pre-Application Information
- December 2, 2022: Application period for 2023 grants opens
- March 20, 2023, 11:59 PM ET: Letters of Intent due
- June, 2023: Second application round begins (by invitation only)
- August 1, 2023, 11:59 PM ET: Full proposal applications due
- December 14, 2023: Winners announced
- January 1, 2024: Grant period begins

Applicants are restricted to submitting only one application per cycle.

Number of Grants
OAR will consider awarding up to 8 grant awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants of up to $40,000

Term of Contract
- Study duration may range from one to two years.
- Funding will begin on or after January 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For more information, contact OAR’s Grants and Programs Associate, Vivian Muhumuza, at or 571-977-5391.

Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 401
Arlington, VA 22201

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