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Research Grants


The application period for OAR's 2015 Applied Research Competition is closed.

The next competition cycle is scheduled to open in December 2015.

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Download the 2015 RFP (PDF) (Word)

Click here to download OAR´s Funding Guidelines.

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 1-2 year grants up to $30,000. 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) Phase 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 by the Scientific Council during its annual meeting in November. OAR’s Board of Directors approves all grant awards based on the recommendations of the Scientific Council and OAR’s established research priorities.

For more information on this program, please contact Kimberly Ha, programs and outreach associate, at or 703-243-9762.

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 February annually. The RFP sets the specific due date. OAR announces its grant awards in May.

For more information on this program, please contact Wendy McKinnon, programs and outreach associate, at or 703-243-3466.

Learn more about the Graduate Research Grants Program.