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Autism Secondary Data Analysis Research Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Research Centers
for Research to Address the Needs of Children with Autism

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) - Office of Epidemiology and Research, Division of Research

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04/12/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits, Tribes, and research centers for research into autism and other developmental disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for analysis of existing data and records to determine best practices. Research should have a focus on addressing the needs of underserved populations for whom there is limited evidence of the effectiveness of interventions, and limited access to screening, diagnosis, and treatment for ASD/DD.

HRSA supports programs to improve the quality of care for those diagnosed with ASD/DD through education, early detection, and intervention. More specifically, the Autism SDAR program accelerates the pace of research by providing researchers with the opportunity to pose new research questions, test hypotheses, challenge existing paradigms or clinical practices, and explore the feasibility of interventions using existing data sets. The use of existing data sets helps researchers obtain results more efficiently, at a lower cost. Innovative methods (e.g., meta-analyses) and secondary analysis of existing national databases and/or administrative records are encouraged (e.g., National Survey of Children’s Health (HRSA), National Database for Autism Research (National Institutes of Health (NIH)), Medicaid (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), National Health Interview Survey (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) and Mental Health Research Network Database (NIH)).

The Autism SDAR program’s goals and objectives are to:

  • Generate new evidence to address the needs of underserved ASD/DD populations for whom there is limited evidence of the effectiveness of interventions, and limited access to screening, diagnosis, and treatment for ASD/DD;
  • Contribute to a broad public health impact by improving patient engagement and care delivery through studies that are generalizable and replicable across underserved ASD/DD populations;
  • Develop and implement a plan to disseminate applied and/or translational research through at least two peer-reviewed research articles related to the project (e.g., findings on research planning, participant recruitment, methods, implementation and/or research challenges, preliminary or unexpected research findings, in addition to final research findings) and to scientific, professional, lay audiences, and federal partners.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151139

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Number of Grants:

Up to 4 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000 per grant year

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022 (1 year)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include any domestic public or private entity, including research centers or networks. Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

Multiple applications from an organization are allowable. Multiple applications from an organization with the same DUNS number are allowable if the applications propose separate and distinct projects. For example, different investigators (or research teams) from the same institution can apply for the same funding opportunity.

Due to funding limitations and in order to diversify the Autism SDAR Program portfolio, the following additional application responsiveness criteria apply. All applications that do not comply with these requirements will be deemed non-responsive and will not be considered for funding under this notice. For this NOFO:
- An individual cannot be named as the project director (PD) or principal investigator (PI)18 on more than one application for the HRSA-21-052 competition;
- In order to diversify the research grant portfolio, and ensure that investigators devote adequate time and expertise to funded research programs, a current PD/PI of an active HRSA/MCHB Research award can serve for no more than 10 percent time on a new proposal;
- Applications must propose secondary analysis of existing national datasets and/or administrative records;
- All secondary analyses, including those that involve the linkage of multiple datasets, cannot exceed 1 year in length; and
- Projects that include the collection of biological specimens will not be considered, as this program funds only applied or translational research on ASD/DD populations and allows secondary analysis of existing national databases and administrative data.

Additionally, a student/trainee receiving support from grant funds must be a citizen of the United States or a foreign national having in his/her possession a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States, or a non-citizen national.

Pre-proposal Conference:

HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance:


Day and Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Time: 2– 3 PM ET
Call-In Number: 1-888-917-8041
Participant Code: 4138140


Playback Number: 1-866-358-4518
Passcode: 42221
Available until: April 22, 2021

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for applications under this NOFO is April 12, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.ET. HRSA suggests submitting applications to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

HRSA will issue the Notice of Award (NOA) prior to the start date of September 1, 2021.

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current immediately! HRSA will not approve deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to 1 month to complete.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:

Stanley Gordon
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 945-3935

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:

Sylvia Sosa, MSc
Program Officer, Division of Research, Office of Epidemiology and Research
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane,
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-2259

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