Institutional autism grants
Are you a large-scale organization or research group looking for autism grants? The following are various grants available for organizations. Clicking on the name of the grant-giving organization will take you to the designated website. If you know of other grant-giving organizations in the U.S. or elsewhere, please email us with the details here. For smaller, individual or family grants, please click here. For grants outside of the U.S., please click here.
Autism Support Network does not endorse or validate the listings hereunder, which are presented for informational purposes only. Individuals should contact the respective organizations directly with any questions.
Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants will partner with other organizations to provide additional funding for projects that match our objectives.
Autism Speaks will not award grants to individuals or fund an individual or family for participation in personal programs. We encourage individuals to contact local providers and organizations to submit proposals that will meet our stated goals.
The average grant award will be in the $10,000 - $20,000 range. Multi-year grants will not be awarded.
All applications must be submitted on line. Click here for the online application process http://grants.autismspeaks.org/research/login.asp
OAR conducts open grant competitions to select pilot studies for funding in autism research each year. One is for researchers; the other is for graduate students conducting autism research in support of an advanced degree. Both competitions are intended to promote research in the analysis, evaluation, or comparison of assessment or treatment models, focusing on aspects of early education, behavioral, or communication intervention and adult issues such as continuing education, employment, housing models and “later intervention.” In keeping with OAR’s mission, the goal of this sponsored research is to promote studies that yield practical and clearly objective results that contribute to enhanced quality of life for people with autism and provide evidence-based information for use by parents, families, and service providers.
Applied Research Competition
The Applied Research Competition is conducted annually beginning with the publication or the Request for Proposals (RFP). Researchers can apply for one-year grants up to $30,000 or for a two-year grant with a maximum of $60,000. The competition proceeds in three phases: 1) Phase 1: Receipt and evaluation of pre-proposals, 2) Phase 2: Receipt and evaluation of full proposals, and 3) Final Review and approval. Each phase includes a peer review that includes the members of OAR’s Scientific Council augmented by invited guest reviewers with expertise particularly relevant to the studies under consideration. The Final Review is conducted in person by the Scientific Council during its annual meeting each October. OAR’s Board of Directors approves all grant awards based on the recommendations of the Scientific Council and OAR’s established research priorities. Read the current RFP and application guidelines.
Graduate Research Grants Program
The Graduate Research Grants Program offers grant awards of $1,000 for students conducting autism research as a requirement in pursuit of a master’s degree and $2,000 for students who are doctoral candidates. This competition is a straight forward, one-step application and review process. The proposals are due in June annually. The RFP sets the specific due date. OAR announces its grant awards in September.