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Research Grants


The 2017 Applied Research Competition

is now open.



Download the 2017 Applied RFP (PDF) (Word)

Click here to download OAR's Applied 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.

Download a list of Applied FAQs (PDF) (Word)


Partnership Competition

Schools, non-profit agencies, and other community based providers that serve individuals on the autism spectrum are invited to apply to OAR's Partnership Competition. Through this new competition, OAR plans to award up to three $5,000 grants to help facilitate collaborations between applicants and qualified researchers to help the applicants develop competitive grant applications for consideration in the 2016 Applied Research Competition. The funds will support the grant development and writing process for full proposal submission. Though study funding is not guaranteed, recipients of the partnership funds are eligible to receive an applied grant of up to $25,000.

Learn more about the Partnership Competition.

For more information on OAR's Applied Research Competition or Partnership Funds Competition, please contact Kimberly Ha, research and programs director, at or 703-243-9762.


Graduate Research Grant Competition
The Graduate Research Grant Competition 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 OAR's graduate research grant program, please contact Saman Kamgar-Parsi, programs and outreach associate, at or 703-243-3466.

Learn more about the Graduate Research Grants Competition.