Grant to a USA nonprofit public or private research center, faith-based organization, community-based organization, Tribe, or tribal organization to establish and maintain a national scientific and clinic research network. This project will promote and coordinate research activities in developmental, behavioral, and psychosocial aspects of pediatric care to improve clinical services and health and related outcomes for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.
1) Infrastructure Development:
-Develop and maintain a national network (hereafter referred to as “the Network”) of research entities that foster collaborative relationships in research designed to improve access to care, quality of clinical care and treatment for children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities; and
-Identify gaps and develop and/or update a research agenda for scientific studies building upon advances in research and practice in developmental and behavioral pediatrics.
-Develop a schedule of on-going communication among Network members and with the HRSA/MCHB Project Officer.
3) Network Activities:
-Implement Network activities and research to improve access to care, quality of clinical care and services, and health outcomes for children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Such activities and research should address the needs of underserved populations, such as low-income, racial/ethnic minorities, individuals with limited English proficiency, individuals who have limited access to services, and/or other vulnerable populations;
-Develop and implement at least three multi-site research studies that will address gaps and promote the research agenda identified by the Network;
-Leverage external funding for network research studies or implement network research through both MCHB and external funding sources for at least one multi-site research study;
-Enhance the research training and mentorship of a diverse group of junior/new investigators through the use of innovative mentorship/research experiences; and manuscript development drawing upon emerging researchers from within the network;
-Translate research findings into clinical practice, as applicable per study findings.
-Maintain a Network website to disseminate research findings, activities and products and to engage with the field on Network research and other activities;
-Develop and implement a plan to disseminate Network findings through at least two peer-reviewed publications per multi-site study, webinars, annual Network meetings, conference presentations, and other related dissemination activities. These activities should serve to facilitate the transfer of Network findings to a broader audience including researchers, health professionals and providers, policy makers, educators, families, and Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs programs; and
-Collaborate with Autism CARES programs to foster information sharing and to advance efforts to improve the system of services for children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applications include any public or private entity, including research centers or networks. Faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.
Applicants must provide evidence of nonprofit status.
Foreign entities are not eligible for HRSA awards, unless the authorizing legislation specifically authorizes awards to foreign entities or the award is for research. This exception does not extend to research training awards or construction of research facilities.
The due date for applications under this FOA is April 26, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Applications are submitted via Grants.gov.
Number of Grants
Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $275,000 per year.
Term of Contract
The project period is September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2021 (5 years).