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.
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. 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 most recent RFP and application guidelines.
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.
more about the Graduate Research Grants Program.